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Making Family Fitness Fun

Encouraging kids to stay active and eat well are very important. However, it may not be enough to have them go at it alone.

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Prevent, Treat, and Heal Diaper Rashes from Home

Opening your baby's diaper to find a red, irritated bottom is something that almost all parents will encounter at one point or another.

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Categories: pregnancy, parenting,


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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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,


Preparing Your Teenager for a Summer Job

Summer jobs can be a wonderful experience for teens by encouraging structure as well as time and money management. It can also foster a greater understanding of adult responsibilities. These lifelong skills are important to incorporate at a young age. As the parent, you will no doubt have questions, comments and concerns about your child starting his or her first summer job. Here are a few things to consider:

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How to Stop the Worry Cycle

After my second son was born I was more anxious for my kids' safety than usual. I blame the postpartum hormones, but maybe part of it was also coming to grips with how random and indifferent the world can feel.

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Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


Bullying starts young

My Grandson Is 6 And A Half - Too Young To Be Bullied.

According to reports, 20% of all children say they have been bullied. I don't know why I didn't think it would affect my grandkids. My grandkids are all under the age of 6 - so I thought they were "too young" to experience it. Wrong.

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


Treating Childhood Injuries

With kids come accidents. And as parents, it’s hard sometimes to discern what injury can be treated at home and what should be treated by a professional. Here are some easy-to remember tips to identifying injuries and what you can do to treat them.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


The Patience of a Concrete Worker

To The Concrete Workers At The Neighbors:

I wish I knew your names. You were installing a concrete patio next door to my 6-year-old grandson's house. He was fascinated by the things you were doing and started talking to you over the fence. "What are you doing? Why are you doing that? What is that machine for?"

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Binge Drinking and Teens

Raising teenagers can be one of the most rewarding experiences in parenting. There is something amazing about seeing a child turn into a young adult and start making good decisions that are based on their own personalities and moral compass.

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That Pesky Devil On Your Shoulder

Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days?

The sole of your new shoes comes apart. You spill your coffee after just one sip - all over your new white shirt - on the day of your presentation to a really important client?

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


Daylight Saving Time Strategies for ZZZs

Every March we "spring forward" in concert with daylight saving time. Starting the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November, the practice involves moving our clocks forward one hour. 

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Language Skills of the Young

Speaking with my grandkids reminds me that my imagination is severely limited - as are my verbal skills. I know you have had these experiences where your kids or grandkids use the same everyday words we do - but somehow they are able to describe things in a really original way. 

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Respect for a 6 year old

As my grandson and I were leaving my house for the daily trip to his school, he asked me if I knew how my garage door opener worked.

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When Your Newborn Has a Fever

Did you know that newborns are not prepared to handle changes in body temperature like adults and older children? As adults, we have more control over our body temperature. When we are too cold, we shiver to warm up. When we're too hot, we sweat to help cool down.

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