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Feeding Guide: Transitioning to Table Food

There are many changes to a baby’s diet in the first year. While all these changes can be stressful, staying sensitive to your baby’s needs will help make the transition to table food safe and enjoyable.

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Categories: nutrition, development,


Growth and Development: Newborns

Your newborn will grow very quickly during his or her first few months of life. He or she may have lost about 10% of their birth weight in the first few days after birth, but worry not as they should gain it back by 2 weeks.

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Categories: development,


Toddlers and Rose Colored Glasses: Learning from Nostalgia

As my youngest son approaches his first birthday I'm hit with it: nostalgia. That ache in my gut about time passing, slipping through the neck of the hourglass.

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Categories: parent-stories,


Preventing Tooth Decay

Teaching your child the importance of proper dental hygiene will keep them out of the dentist's office and free of the pain and discomfort associated with tooth decay. Everyone is at risk for cavities, but a regular routine of brushing and flossing can aid in the prevention of serious decay.

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Categories: health-notes,


Day In The Life Of...

"Mamaaaaa...the sun is uuuuup...it's wake up time!"

Milo happily announces this every morning as he pulls the curtains of my room open, his face relishing the light - justification for his alertness. I open my eyes a crack to admire my footie-pajama alarm clock and his eagerness to greet the day, orange hair glowing against the window.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Managing Symptoms of Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of the most common problems for pregnant women to experience throughout their first trimesters. If you have been experiencing morning sickness, be sure to relax and take comfort knowing that you are not alone.

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Categories: pregnancy,


Make a Fall Leaf Bowl

It's officially fall. Along with the switch of seasons, you can freshen up your home decor with fall items. You don't have to spend a lot to change things up for a new season. 

My youngest son loves arts and crafts. There are not many craft kits for boys. We have to get creative. This craft is great because anyone will like it! We decided that it would be fun to make a fall leaf bowl.

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Categories: lifestyle,


Falling Leaves at Hands-on-Habitat!

Here at Fontenelle Forest we're celebrating the cool autumn weather that's finally arrived. We've got all sorts of harvest-time events happening this month, including our October session of Hands-on-Habitat! This program is designed to encourage preschoolers and their favorite adults to play and learn about nature together and will take place on October 20th from 9:30 to 11 am.

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Categories: lifestyle,


Work At Home Parenting: A Survival Guide

A little after my son turned seven months old, I found myself feeling anxious… restless… just off.

It took me a long time to figure out the source of this feeling. Was I lonely? Maybe. Was I unhappy? Not really… I mean, the months after having your first baby can be weird, to be sure, but I was happy overall.

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


3 Tips for a Safer Kitchen

The kitchen is a place where your family comes together to share more than just a table at mealtime. However, compared to almost every other room in the house, your kitchen poses the greatest health risks and safety hazards. While accidents can still occur, you can create a safer home for you and your family by following these three tips.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Stormy's October Update!

Hey Chasers' Fans!

Hope all of your off-season's have been going well so far. Boy, I sure do miss baseball…

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Categories: lifestyle,


Halloween Costume Safety Tips

From carving jack-o-lanterns to toasting pumpkin seeds and counting candy, I have many fond memories of celebrating Halloween as a kid.

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Categories: health-notes, lifestyle,


The Grandparent Time Machine

When you become a grandparent, I am convinced you enter some kind of time-warp.

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Categories: parenting,


Stay at Home Mom to Work at Home Mom | Mother Culture, Seasons & Purpose

Last year, I realized I wasn’t a stay at home mom anymore.

"What's it like being a work at home mom?" my friend asked me.

Work at home mom? Me?? Yes, me.

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Categories: parent-stories,


Family Fitness Challenge Week 6: Planks

If you haven't signed up for the challenge yet or missed any of the weeks, you can catch all the details over on The Family Fitness Challenge main page.

The final week of this 6 week Family Fitness Challenge is here. You did it! You're well on your way to making physical activity an everyday part of your family's life.

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Categories: development, lifestyle,