I have a daughter that is going through puberty and I'm wondering where I can learn more about the cervical cancer vaccine I've been hearing about.
The vaccine is called Gardisil and it is meant to boost immunity to certain types of viruses, usually spread through sexual contact, that cause cervical cancer. The recommended age for the vaccine is 11 12 years old.
Be sure to discuss the vaccine with your daughter's doctor to see if it's the right choice for her.
My son is 4 1/2 and asks us questions about death and where people go when they die. How do I explain the loss of a loved one and where they go?
Your answer will depend quite a bit on your family's religious beliefs. If you are religious, consider speaking with your church or spiritual leader for advice. It will also depend on your child's age and maturity level.
Children commonly have their first experience with death when a family pet passes away. Make sure to take the time to explain to your child what has happened and listen to their fears. Kids need to know that death is a part of life, but it's not something they need to worry about on a regular basis.
There are some good resources on the web for tips on talking to kids about death: