- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003

Books

• "Peterson's the Working Parents Help Book: Practical Advice for Dealing With the Day-to-Day Challenges of Kids and Careers," by Susan Crites Price and Tom Price, Peterson's Guides, 1996. This book, with its quick-to-read sections on parenting with dual incomes, thoroughly discusses the sick-child dilemma.

• "The Penny Whistle Sick-in-Bed Book: What to Do With Kids When They're Home for a Day, a Week, a Month, or More," by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar, Fireside, 1993. The authors offer a collection of sickbed amusements, including games, crafts and activities, as well as ways to keep up with schoolwork.

• "The 3 a.m. Handbook: The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Your Child's Health," William Feldman, editor, Checkmark Books, 1998. Written by a team of pediatricians, the book is a practical question-and-answer guide that offers essential information.

Online

• Child Care Aware, a nonprofit initiative aimed at helping parents locate quality child care (www.childcareaware.org) is the prime stop for parents who would like to find day care for their mildly ill child. Parents can visit the Web site or call the office (800/424-2246), and a child care expert will help them locate by ZIP code or city sick-child care in the Washington area.

• BlueSuitMom.com, a for-profit site for information about balancing work and family, offers advice on parenting, career advancement and meal planning. At www.bluesuitmom.com/family/childcare/sickchild.html, parents can learn about options in sick-child and backup day care.

• You and Your Family, a section of the American Academy of Pediatrics site (www.aap.org), contains parent information, including guides to allergies, children's nutrition and parent resources all to help parents keep their children healthy and safe.

• The electronic Child Health Network (www.yourchildshealth.echn.ca) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children's health and safety. This site offers advice on health and safety from practicing health care professionals.

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