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Before 1963, when the first measles vaccine became available, nearly all kids got the measles. Each year, 48,000 people were hospitalized from it and between 400 and 500 died. The disease ravaged our country until it was declared eradicated in 2000 thanks to a widespread vaccination campaign.

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This month we're focused on how to keep your kids engaged over the summer so when they return to school they're ready to learn. These events can help. 

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Matt Hansen’s daughter competes as a high-level gymnast, having fallen in love with the sport after she first learned how to tumble. She skips birthday parties because she’d rather be at practice, showing levels of athletic dedication and aptitude many parents hope to see in their own childr…

Zika became a hot topic a few years back when over 100,000 people contracted the virus in Colombia. In all, 20 babies were born with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads if their mother contracted the virus while pregnant. According to the CD…

Mom of two, Lindsay Sakran thinks that you can do just about anything if you put your nose to the grindstone and work hard. A project manager for Department of Defense who loves a good modern dance class and a good beer, she’s unexpected and tons of fun, but most of all she wants to be a goo…

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The Lowcountry is a special place to raise a family. From beaches, lakes and rivers to historic plantations and county and neighborhood parks, it’s seemingly one expansive outdoor playground waiting to be explored.

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Ever wonder how astronauts brush their teeth in space? Zero gravity makes this basic personal hygiene habit quite annoying and downright unsanitary. But, lucky for astronauts, the students in the Berkeley Intermediate and Middle School’s First LEGO League team, have made it their mission to …

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Sometimes you've got to go out of your comfort zone to learn something new. Luckily, with so many events going on in the Lowcountry this month, it's easy to dive right in and live your life to fullest! 

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The American Girl doll is an object of obsession for many young girls. You may have spent hours chasing the dolls and accessories down to fulfill holiday or birthday wishes or watching your littles play with the dolls for hours on end. But what about seeing the show live? It’s a whole new wa…

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Before Dana Matheson became mom to Alex, 9, Ryan, 8, and Jane, 5, she was a teacher working with children with autism. And it's this patience and passion for being a good role model to her children that makes her our February Mom of the Month. She's an introvert by nature who spends any down…

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In recent years, Charleston has become an excellent destination for live music, and February is a great example. This month is loaded with ample opportunities to feel the beat. Here are a few of our favorites. 

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When it comes to the education of her daughter, Kerry Litten often finds herself lobbying on two fronts: to ensure Callie is in the best possible academic environment, and also to challenge her to do all she’s capable of. It’s a balance that many parents of children with special needs can un…

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It's common during a child's development for families to experience periods of temper tantrums during toddler years or rebellion during teenage years. While some behaviors are normal, how do you know when a line has been crossed? To answer these questions and more, we spoke to David Kalergis…

Mateusz Wojnarowicz, a 13-year-old home-school student in Charleston, has already made a name for himself as an accomplished model, artist and musician, having been selected as a featured artist and performer at the grand reopening of the Starbucks at the corner of King and Calhoun streets e…

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For parents, to-do lists just seem to be getting longer, so a warm meal on the table every night seems like a stretch. We run out of ideas or don’t have the ingredients that we need on hand. That’s why so-called “meal kits” are popping up in all categories as a way of simplifying meal time. …

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The New Year is a great time to get rid of clutter. It’s a time of year to cleanse your life of what does not serve you. And for many of us, that means simplifying parenting, our most important, but also most time-consuming responsibility. We asked our LCP readers to come together as a commu…

Public or private? Christian-based or Montessori? Half day or full day? Starting a child at 2, 3 or 4 years old? The options for preschool seem almost endless and parents today put almost as much thought into early education as they do elementary school. The choices can seem daunting, but th…

When Melissa Meverden failed her one-hour glucose test during her second pregnancy, she didn’t sweat it. The same thing had happened in her first pregnancy, but on the first go-around she went on to pass the three-hour glucose test, which determines if a women has gestational diabetes, with …

With almost every child, there is a progression: from sleeping a few hours at a time as a newborn, to around six-hour stretches at 3 months old, to 10 hours or more by the first year. The hard part for both parent and child is getting through it, and enduring the emotional swings and sleeple…

Breastfeeding is loaded with health benefits for mom and baby. But it’s not always so simple. It can take weeks, or even months, for both of you to get the hang of it. Latching on, producing enough milk and dealing with sore breasts are just a few of the troubles that moms commonly encounter…

September is one of my favorite months in the Lowcountry because the weather is starting to cool down and the event calendar is full. There’s just so much to do, it’s difficult to know where to begin. My suggestion: Do something that you haven’t done before. Here are some great ideas to get …

We're in the midst of summer in the Lowcountry. It's an exciting time of year, but it can also be hard to keep the kids busy all day when school is out. Not to worry, we're here to help with this year's summer fun guide. 

The Climate Prediction Center has already forecasted that temperatures across the Lowcountry could be even hotter than normal in the coming summer months. In a state that regularly sees the mercury rise to the upper 90s in June, July and August, the prospect of even hotter temperatures leave…

If you’re looking for affordable outings this summer, make plans to explore some Lowcountry parks. The area boasts a bounty of public parks, many of which offer free or low-cost entrance and a wide variety of amenities and activities.

As summer settles on the South, it’s time to get your groove on. This month's calendar boasts so many ways to dance the night away under the summer sun. Here are a few of my favorites.

Like any normal 6-year-old, Harper Haselden enjoys spending time with her friends and family, has many different interests and is quite fond of kindergarten. But after the holiday break, Haselden did not return to her kindergarten class. Instead, this high-achiever was moved up to the first …

It’s rare to find a fifth-grade student that possesses such humility and initiative as Sydney Fischer, says Eddie Crosby, current assistant principal at Newington Elementary School in Summerville. Crosby has been in education for 17 years and is almost speechless at how fantastic a kid she is.

Part of having your own family is establishing the traditions that you will hold dear for years to come. Whether it’s frying the Christmas turkey, lighting the menorah or watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the family, we look forward to these rituals every year. But while we welcome these…

Katniss Everdeen has some competition — as do hundreds of ninth-grade girls in South Carolina. Wadmalaw Island’s Ella Kindt is not only an exceptional student, but she’s the No. 1 female archer in the state for her age. Even more impressive — it’s only her third year officially competing.

The South is credited with creating the cheese straw but no one knows who, where or why exactly. There is one vague story about leftover cheese being added to biscuit dough to make a snack but I don't buy it.

Two local girls are putting their energy and crafting skills to good use at Sangaree Intermediate. Together Luci Haueisen, 11, and Olivia Russell, 10, created The Great Girls Group to create and sell custom goods to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, all under the supervision of…

The argument could be made for all the seasons, but fall in the Lowcountry is practically magical. From pumpkin picking and fall festivals to corn mazes and hayrides, autumn offers something for everyone to look forward to it. Here’s our round up of the can’t-miss family-friendly fall events…

When her daughter, Maddie, started kindergarten earlier this year, Keri Scougale told her she’d pack any food her heart desired for her first lunch at her new school. A lot of kindergarteners would request peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese, but not Maddie. Her request? Sushi. Kerri l…

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