Even though shops began advertising Christmas before Halloween this year, it's really time to get ready for the holidays now. I am well aware of the parental desire to buy gifts that will inspire envy across the neighborhood... but I want to make a plea today — for parents to think about safety first when buying toys this year.
I'm always amazed at the structured discipline that parents hold themselves to when getting their kids ready for bed. Almost on the clock: bath, story, bed. And for good reason. Any parent worth their salt knows that successful sleep patterns begin with the repetition of a nightly routine. Routines tell children what's about to happen and what's expected of them. Rituals create order for children.
More than 50 years ago, Texas Children's Hospital was founded with a singular vision — to build a community of healthy children through the finest pediatric patient care, education, and research. Over the past few years, Texas Children's has focused on delivering this promise through Vision 2010, the largest physical expansion ever by a children's hospital in such a short time.