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Parenting

As a parent, you quickly realize that your bundle of joy also is a bundle of responsibility. Suddenly, you’re looking for reliable information on everything from diapers to driver’s education. Parenting covers a lot of ground, and Mayo Clinic Health System has experts in many fields that offer information and perspectives on raising great kids.

Classes & Events

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
05/30/2017
6-8 p.m.

Baby Cafe Mankato

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
06/01/2017
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
06/17/2017
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
07/03/2017
7-9 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
07/11/2017
6-9 p.m.

In The News

Camp Wabi registration open for kids who struggle with weight

In addition to traditional camp activities, kids entering grades six through 10 receive healthy lifestyle coaching for one hour a day by specialists. 

February 21, 2017
First babies of the new year announced in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague

Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year in its hospitals in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague. 

January 3, 2017

From The Blog

Healthy habits for families

As a mother of two toddlers, I often feel like I’m not able to keep up the healthy habits I’d like for myself and my family. Here are 12 ideas for incorporating healthy behaviors into family life.

Alyssa Baker By Alyssa Baker May 16, 2017

Tips for temper tantrums

We’ve all been there. Your toddler is having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store aisle. What do you do now? Truth be told, there is no perfect way to handle your child’s temper tantrum. These tips may offer some techniques you haven’t tried yet.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger March 2, 2017

Raising healthy eaters: Should kids clean their plate?

As parents, it can be tempting to control the types and amounts of food that children eat, but these well-intentioned actions can sometimes create feeding problems, such as overeating, rebellious eating and secrecy eating. Raising kids who are healthy eaters starts by becoming familiar with some typical eating behaviors of children.

Grace Fjeldberg RDN By Grace Fjeldberg February 28, 2017

Don't ignore infant fevers

Fever in an infant who is less than 3 months old is cause for concern. A fever in this age group can be a sign of a serious bacterial infection that requires urgent medical treatment.

Seth Gregory MD By Seth Gregory February 7, 2017

Practical ways to raise confident kids

A child’s confidence depends on hearing certain messages, and parents are in the best position to send them. Confident children know their own goodness, and that they are worthy of being loved and belonging with their friends and family.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger January 26, 2017

What is the right care when my child gets ill today?

As soon as a child is not feeling well, parents begin to think of ways to alleviate symptoms and, ultimately, help their child’s symptoms resolve.

Kylee Anglemyer, N.P. By Kylee Anglemyer December 27, 2016

Are video games and screens another addiction?

In our increasingly digitalized world, where most of us and even our children own electronic devices with screens, many parents and adults worry about the impact of screen use for themselves and their children. 

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham November 15, 2016

5 sneaky Halloween costume health concerns

Halloween fun all starts with a great costume. However, parents often make a few common mistakes when choosing their child’s costume. At Mayo Clinic Health System, we really want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween night. Parents can help their children stay safe and avoid a hospital visit by following a few simple rules when choosing costumes. 

Nicholas Cooley MD By Nicholas Cooley October 28, 2016

College students and depression

As college students returned or entered college this fall, the important issue of anxiety and depression is a discussion that parents, college students and professionals who work with students do not want to forget.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 13, 2016

Are backpacks hurting your kids' backs?

The backpack is as much as a part of school life as homework. Kids use backpacks to carry everything they need. Unfortunately, the weight of everything they need stuffed into an improperly worn backpack may lead to sore joints and muscles.

Michelle Rein MD By Michelle Rein September 22, 2016

Tips to prevent your kids from getting car sick

Packing up the kids for a road trip can be difficult. Making sure they are stocked with things to do to keep them occupied can be a tough battle on its own. If car sickness, a common type of motion sickness, is thrown into the equation, road trips can be even more of a struggle.

Jodi Breska MD By Jodi Breska July 26, 2016

Go play outside this summer, but be safe about it

Summertime means lots of outdoor time. No one wants warm weather fun to end due to an illness or injury. Here’s some advice to help you and your family stay healthy and stay out of Urgent Care, Express Care and the Emergency Department.

Patrick McGuire MD By Patrick McGuire June 8, 2016