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Jack Gilbert, co-author of the book "Dirt Is Good," says kids should be encouraged to get dirty, play with animals and eat colorful vegetables. Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images/RooM RF hide caption

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'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

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Parents can phrase advice to their teens about coping with stress in ways that also help teenagers imagine the perspectives of others. Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption

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Lack Of Child Care Rating Systems Leaves Parents In A Bind

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Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

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Newborn baby is shown sleeping on a bed. A new report says it's much safer for a baby to sleep alone on a crib with no pillows or blankets. Purestock/Getty Images/Purestock hide caption

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When Latino colleagues from across NPR shared their families' immigration stories for Hispanic Heritage Month, they exposed a rich array of experiences: loss, longing, contradiction and triumph. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home

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How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

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People who oppose repealing the personal belief exemption gathered outside California's Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday. Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

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