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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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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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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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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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The Grandparent Time Machine

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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