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Fall Ramblings of Old-Fashioned Romantics

Can I tell you something? I'm a romantic. Particularly in the fall. You probably knew that, though, with my penchant for phrases like "kindred spirits" and "tea time."

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Work at Home Parenting: A Survival Guide (Part Two)

If you caught my previous post, you might remember me tossing out tips about work-at-home-parenting. If you'd like to go back and read it, please do. If not, just know that working from home while also staying home with your kids can be a difficult jungle to navigate.

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Overcoming Anti-Gay Harassment

Identifying Harassment Before It’s Too Late

Gaining the acceptance of your childhood peers can be extremely difficult when you are perceived as different. More often than not, children use bullying and ridicule to perpetuate the notion that being different is a bad thing.

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Relearning the Art of Unwinding

Until I had kids, I didn't know how easy it was to forget how to unwind.

Recently my husband and I were at a French restaurant, tiny votive candles flickering in front of us, reflecting off the rows of wine bottles lining the walls. We had been looking forward to this evening for weeks. The grandparents had come to town to see the children and it gave us a chance to get away for a date without the kids.

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Stormy's November Update!

Hello friends!

Happy November! Wow that is hard to believe.

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How to Make an Acorn Gem

Fall is here! It's been so nice, but now we're in a cold front. Dig out those fall coats, and go on an acorn hunt. 

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Protecting You & Your Baby This Flu Season

Understanding the value of flu vaccinations is crucial for expecting mothers. The typical flu season lasts from October through May. The best approach, pregnant or not, is always to get vaccinated earlier rather than later.

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Outbreak Incoming: What's New With The Flu

If you are a parent, then you understand that the only predictable thing about raising your kids is that things change. Being prepared is the best defense for dealing with change–especially during flu season.

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Coping with Colic and Excessive Fussiness

The incessant crying from colic is challenging for parents to cope with. Many parents may blame themselves if their baby has colic. It is important to know, however, that colic is normal and that there are certain steps you can take to soothe your baby.

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Calming a Crying Baby

The first time a baby cries is a joyous moment for parents and a sign of precious new life. However, during the early months, those cries can become confusing and difficult as parents struggle with soothing their fussy baby.

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Categories: parenting, development,


Guide to Infant Formula

Feeding infants can be tricky as they are unable to eat like adults. In their first six months of their life, they require special nutrition in the form of liquids. The best option is their mother’s breast milk. However, it does not always work out for everyone. If that is the case for you, rest assured that formula still provides adequate nutrition for your baby.

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Guide to Breastfeeding

The saying "breast is best" aptly describes how breast milk is nutritionally the ideal food for your baby. It is gentle on your baby's digestive system, but beyond that, the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby also provides nurturing intimacy as the two of you bond in this shared activity.

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Feeding Guide: Infants

Your baby grows more quickly in the first year of life than any other time, which makes healthy eating so important during this time. Early healthy eating habits also set the stage for healthy eating patterns throughout their entire lives.

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Feeding Guide: 6 to 8 Months

When a baby is 6 to 8 months old, their feeding habits begin to change as they start solid food. During this time, most babies are adventurous with new foods, so it is a wonderful chance to encourage healthy eating habits.

This overview will help you keep track of how much, what and when to feed your baby.

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Feeding Guide: 9 to 12 Months

As your child approaches his or her first birthday, their appetite will begin to vary. Your baby’s growth rate slows around this time, and he or she may not be as hungry as they once were.

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