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Redefining Balance for Motherhood

"So are you working?" my friend asked, on a wintry afternoon two months after my second son was born.

My friend was perched on my couch, between a pile of board books and several toy dump trucks.

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7 Reminders for Safe Viewing of the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is an exciting event occurring only a few times in our lives. They happen when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking sunlight from reaching the Earth for a few minutes. In some areas, the moon will completely block sunlight, causing what is known as "totality."

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Categories: health-notes, lifestyle,


Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a serious, long-term disease characterized by an excess of body fat. While it is challenging to calculate a direct measure of body fat, doctors utilize a guideline known as the body mass index to compare the standards for children of the same age and gender.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


How to Bathe Your Newborn

Bathing your newborn baby can be daunting for parents as you figure out how to keep your baby clean while also keeping him warm and safe.

Here are some tips to help:

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Categories: pregnancy, development,


A Reading List for Growing Kids

When my oldest was a baby, I used to look at him and think, "This kid and I are going to read so many books together." I'd envision him as a big kid, sitting next to me in hazy sunlight, reading books for hours upon hours, with almost zero interest in athletic activities.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Organized Athletics and Child Development

Sports can provide an outlet for your child to receive the recommended daily amounts of exercise to stay physically fit. Finding an activity that your child is passionate about can even be the key to weight management for the parents of overweight and obese children. 

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Snail Tales at Hands-on-Habitat

Ok, parent friends, true confession time:

Have you been taking advantage of this amazing weather we've been having the past few weeks?

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Categories: lifestyle,


How to Raise Kids Who Are Lifelong Movers

Physical activity is important for all stages of life. It affects our mood, perception of self, and our overall health. As a general rule kids enjoy being active, but as we age our activity level and amount of movement decreases which could lead to health problems later in life. So how do we raise kids who value being active throughout their lives? How do we bridge the gap between the fun, active child and the sedentary adult?

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Stormy's August Update!

Guys! Baseball season only has ONE MONTH REMAINING! If you haven't come out to see me yet this summer, you HAVE to do it soon!

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Categories: lifestyle,


5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Active

When it comes to activity, every child has different preferences. Some kids enjoy activities like bowling, tennis or running which focus on an individual's skill. Other kids gravitate toward sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball where they add their skill to a team. Whether your kids are playing solo or on a team, every child can benefit from physical activity.

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Categories: health-notes,


Why is Exercise Important for Kids?

You may have heard that kids should have at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity, but do you know why? Physical activity is known to benefit gross and fine motor skills, confidence and self-esteem, and a healthy weight.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling can be physically and mentally taxing on anyone, but it can often become difficult for expecting women. Even the easiest of transportation methods we often take for granted can become very complicated.

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Categories: pregnancy, health-notes,


Lullaby Remix

I love to sing. When my children were little, I had a 'special' song I sang to each of them. For my son it was "Baby Mine" from the movie Dumbo. For my daughter it was "A House for Wendy" from Peter Pan. I know lullabies have a strong connection – when I first held my son (at 5 days old – he was a NICU baby) I hummed the song to him. He pushed back in my arms as if to say "It's YOU!"

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


How Much is Too Much Exercise When Pregnant?

It is highly recommended that pregnant women maintain a regular exercise routine. During pregnancy, the suggested duration of exercise is at least 30 minutes a day. It is also advised to avoid participating in long, intense workouts, especially in warmer conditions. When exercising, always take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.  We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor to monitor your heart rate. Usually try to keep the rate under 150bpm.  You may need to modify your workout as your pregnancy progresses.

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Categories: pregnancy, health-notes,


Treating Warts in Children

Warts are common skin growths caused by the papillomavirus that can spread easily in both children and adults. While warts are noncancerous, they can be bothersome and even unsightly. Fortunately, most types of warts will go away on their own over time even without any medical treatment.

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