Posts From Rachel Camper

Like a lot of parents, I am concerned about many aspects of COVID-19. Among numerous other things, I’m worried about what will happen if my kids get sick or hurt during the pandemic. I can’t tell you how many times › Continue Reading

Somewhere along the way, someone decided that in order for foods to be “holiday worthy” they need to have nuts in them. It’s happened to normally nut-free foods everywhere. Sweet potatoes. Fruit salad. Vegetable salad. Don’t even get me started › Continue Reading

Corralling my kids long enough to slather the recommended golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen all over their skin is no easy task. Their wriggling and writhing combined with the sunscreen’s greasiness make it messy and challenging. But it’s worth the › Continue Reading

October can be a scary time for many kids and families – and not for the obvious reasons like ghosts, goblins and ghastly things jumping out at you. Because my son is allergic to all nuts, for our family, the › Continue Reading

Whether your child is starting her first day of kindergarten or moving onto her senior year, the first day of school is usually mixed with a lot of different emotions and parents almost always want to commemorate it with photographs. If you’re looking › Continue Reading

When Abby Blevins and Isela Leal were invited to collaborate on a piece of artwork that would be placed in Cincinnati Children’s new Clinical Sciences Pavilion, it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. The Clinical Sciences Pavilion, to be › Continue Reading

I am no stranger to public meltdowns. My toddler and preschooler are highly energetic, independent and let’s face it – a little wild. They’re qualities that I love and will certainly serve them well later in life. But sometimes those qualities can put › Continue Reading

One year ago this week, WKID33 broadcasted live for the first time in Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s. Since then, Seacrest Studios has provided patients a window to the world, a pathway to music, interactive television, and most importantly, each › Continue Reading

// Editor’s note: if the video does not display properly for you, please follow this link. Drs. Mariko DeWire, Trent Hummel and Lionel Chow, along with the majority of Lauren Hill’s neuro-oncology team, took the Layup 4 Lauren challenge today.  The › Continue Reading

Today is Global Hand Washing Day. As the name suggests, it’s a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap.   Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? But according to a study done by Michigan State University and published › Continue Reading

Seems like no one has been able to escape the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, including Cincinnati Children’s president and CEO Michael Fisher. When nominated by Christopher Durovich, CEO of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Lee Ann Liska, CEO of UC Medical › Continue Reading

I love to cook, and I’m always looking for ways to involve my boys in the process. It’s such an important skill to learn, but can be challenging to find recipes that are age appropriate, healthy, and something that the whole › Continue Reading

Working at Cincinnati Children’s gives me the opportunity to meet inspiring families. Recently, I met one mother who told me the story of how she wouldn’t stop seeking answers for her son. And when she did find the answers she was › Continue Reading

Either my boys are aware that April is national kite month, or they simply have spring fever, because lately they have really gotten into flying kites! I love any activity that encourages them to run around outside and enjoy the › Continue Reading

I have to admit, having kids threw me for a loop. Well, I guess they threw me for more than one loop, but relative to the organization of my house, they threw me for one HUGE loop. I wasn’t prepared › Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day creeps up on me every year. I think I’m just so thankful to get through the November-to-January holiday season that I’m in complete denial another holiday is about to round the corner. And here it is. Three days › Continue Reading

I love dual-purpose activities, especially when one of them involves food. When the other involves keeping my boys entertained, it’s the perfect match. So when I saw the snowman pancakes blog post on, I knew it would fit the › Continue Reading

We love to bake at my house. And it’s not just because the end result is eating sweet treats. The boys have so much fun measuring, counting, pouring and stirring with all of the baking utensils. Plus, they get to › Continue Reading

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it – I’m a little tired of winter. We’re technically only about a month in and I’m dreaming of non-rainy, warm-enough weather to let my boys run around outside › Continue Reading

We’ve all been there.  We can only prepare so many meals at home without desiring a night off.  An evening free of chopping, sautéing, stirring, and cleaning…it sounds so luxurious! But sometimes when I think about the logistics of taking › Continue Reading

A recent CNN news story sent shock waves through me. As a mother of a child with multiple food allergies, including nuts, I’ve always been mentally reassured by his epinephrine pen.  Wherever we go, whatever restaurant we eat at, I › Continue Reading