There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain.

Kids and codeine cough meds are a bad combination

Come children receive no benefit, while others are at risk for overdose despite taking the recommended amount.

CrossFit branches out into kids' programs

April 8, 2015
Amelia Enfinger, 14, warmed up with a jump rope before a CrossFit class for teens in Loyalhanna, Pa.
Popular workout program has branched out to youths.

Safe Kids car-seat clinics: Minor adjustments can make major differences

April 7, 2015
Sarah McIntosh, of Kansas City, North, buckles Ethan McIntosh, 13 months, into his car seat as they sat in their driveway, May 26, 2011, in Kansas Cit
Safe Kids Anoka County and others offer free inspections to try to ensure children's seats are properly installed.
State + Local
October 28, 2019
Yasiel Santiago-Castillo, a senior at Henry Sibley High School, held a vaping device disguised as a hoodie drawstring. On his left is Rep. Laurie Halv

Legislators vow to crack down on teen vaping in 2020 session

Both parties plan measures to get nicotine products out of the hands of teenagers.
October 21, 2019
“There’s nothing to call it but an epidemic. It hit so fast and so hard,” said Duluth High School Principal Danette Seboe, seen with vaping devi

Minnesota schools are on the front lines of the vaping epidemic

Students' use soars despite urgent campaigns, retail crackdowns.
August 17, 2019
Minnesota teens fill crucial jobs at the State Fair. State law calls for schools to start after Labor Day, with a few exceptions.

As some Minn. students prepare for fair, others already are in class

Most state districts won't start until after Labor Day.
August 11, 2019
Meme Hoes, 4, of Minneapolis waited her turn for an ear of corn at the Farm to School community barbecue at the Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary an

Minnesota seeks applicants for "Farm to School" grants

Districts have used the funds to outfit kitchens with on-site cooking equipment and tools.
June 17, 2019

End of school year can be start of 'summertime anxiety' for some kids

To adults, the summer break seems ideal, but it can be unsettling for kids. Here's how to identify and deal with summer anxiety.
June 10, 2019
Daniel Brundidge, 4, sang along to the “Old Town Road” video with his mom, Sheletta, and siblings, Cameron, 5, Andrew, 12, and Brandon, 6, from le

Nonverbal boy sings first words, charms Internet with 'Old Town Road'

A popular rap-meets-country song has inspired a Minnesota boy with autism to belt out some of his first words. Until last week, 4-year-old Daniel Brundidge’s…
April 29, 2019
National Screen-Free Week starts Monday.

Can you go a week without using a screen? Try this digital detox

A Twin Cities dad is challenging families to pledge to ditch devices for national Screen-Free Week.
September 15, 2018
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launches a crackdown on e-cigarettes, schools across Minnesota are waging their own battles against the trend

Minnesota schools battle 'epidemic' of teen vaping

FDA cracks down on e-cigarette makers as use among minors surges.
Kids' Health
September 2, 2018

Ex-Etiquette: Former in-law still hurts her

Q: I have been divorced for 17 years. His mother was the driving force behind our divorce. She hurt me in so many ways, it's…
July 29, 2018

Ex-etiquette: Adult kids can make decision about mom

Q: My wife abandoned me and our three children 15 years ago. They were 8, 7 and 5 when she left. I think she was…
June 18, 2018
Experts say the first step in recognizing possible mental illness in your children is to know their habits and patterns — to spot when they deviate

How to spot signs of mental illness in your kids

Is it typical teenage behavior, or something more serious?
March 19, 2018
Hope Shores Bible Camp

Parents on the art of summer scheduling: 'The stress I feel keeps me up at night'

For many parents, planning their kids' summer break is a mind-boggling affair.
January 22, 2018
At top, Herbanae Scott with her 3-month-old son, Odell. She said he liked sleeping in “the cozy and confined space.”

Twin Cities agency gives teen moms boxes for newborns – just like in Finland

A new Twin Cities nonprofit is providing teen moms with starter kits to parenthood, including a cardboard box for their babies to sleep in.
December 4, 2017
Ellis Rothke flew across the grip line at Obstacle Academy, which was started by a mom who competed on “American Ninja Warrior.”

'Playgrounds on steroids': Ninja warrior gym craze sweeps Minnesota

At least six ninja warrior gyms have sprung up in the Twin Cities, inspired by the obstacle-course competition made popular on NBC's television show "American Ninja Warrior." And more are coming.
West Metro
November 29, 2017
Plymouth is among four suburbs limiting tobacco purchases to people at least 21 years old.

Plymouth joins other cities, bumps up minimum tobacco-buying age to 21

Four Twin Cities suburbs have now raised the minimum age.
July 15, 2017
Alison Pence, director of community relations for Allina Health, gave a bicycle to a kid during Saturday’s distribution event in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Somali-American kids get wheels, thanks to bike giveaway

Allina Health donated the bicycles after a social media post about the lack of bikes in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
June 27, 2017
Rooms at Children's Minnesota Hospital are equipped with a variety of amenities to make patients and their families feel more at home, including perso

7 ways Minnesota hospitals are becoming more homelike

Minnesota hospital leaders who recognize that a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere can support a speedy recovery are rethinking the way patient rooms look and feel.
Stage & Arts
April 7, 2016

Gallery: Popping, locking and break dance at Hopkins studio

Boogie B's break-dance studio brings South Bronx street moves to Twin Cities suburbia. Since its opening, House of Dance has grown from nine students to more than 100.
December 18, 2015
10-year-olds Dieudonnee Reponse, right, and Emilia Hulson of the green team practiced the merengue before a ballroom-dance competition in St. Paul las

So you think you can dance like a fifth-grader?

A beginners' ballroom contest for Twin Cities kids was more fun — and more real — than any reality TV show.
December 5, 2015
Dannell Shu tended to son Levi, 5, at home in northeast Minneapolis. “In those precious last moments, I’d like to stop being the lead nurse, docto

St. Louis Park nonprofit wants to give terminally ill kids a hospice home

A St. Louis Park nonprofit is working to create a hospice center where children can go to live while they die.