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Identifying Warning Signs in Babies

Do you ever wish your baby came with an instruction manual for troubleshooting the source of their behavior?

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Old Muscles Can Still Hug

Turning 60 didn’t bother me. It was kind of like achieving an adult merit badge.

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7 Ways Parents Can Prevent Sports Injuries

We all want our kids to be safe when practicing their sport and, as a parent, there are some things you can do to help prevent injuries.

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The Value of a Dollar

My kindergarten grandson is money-motivated. He is also very fishing-focused.

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The Self-Esteem Shield

Parents are powerful influences in helping their children develop self-esteem as they grow. Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are less likely to abuse drugs or drink compared to kids who grow up without a sense of self-worth.

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Surprising Thoughts of an Almost-Kindergartener

My oldest grandson is just about to enter kindergarten. I look back on these 5+ years and time has just zoomed by.

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How To Identify, Treat, and Cure Blisters in Children

Blisters appear as circular, fluid-filled bumps on the skin. Blisters are very common in both children and adults. Luckily, they are relatively easy to identify and cure.

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I prefer teenagers

I prefer teenagers. I successfully raised two of them (if I do say so myself). And - I enjoyed being their parent more and more as they grew.

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Avoid a Sports Overuse Injury

Is your child athletic? Great! Participating in sports can encourage a lifelong love of exercise. There are also benefits to your child’s physical and mental well-being.

While children are recommended to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day, be aware of your child causing an overuse injury. 

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Are Free Violin Lessons (Here in Omaha!) for You?

The benefits of music education at a young age are tremendous. Students do better academically, appreciate culture, practice dexterity, and cultivate confidence. For all of these reasons and more I wanted Aurora and Grayson to learn to play something. Not being musically talented myself or able to afford an expensive private tutor, it was remarkable to find a program offering free violin or cello lessons for five years!

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Pass the Green Beans: Raising Healthy, Independent Eaters with Family Style Meals

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating and enjoy mealtime with your family is to switch from pre-plating your child's food and start serving meals "family style."

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How I Found Myself By Having Kids

It has been a nostalgia inducing weekend. It's a season of life change for us, so as we transition to the new, it has me thinking about the old. Thinking, dwelling, trying to sort it all out… I find the question of, 'How did we get from there to here' essential to process through as we hit each new age and stage of life. This particular weekend involved me reminiscing via Facebook, as I scrolled through the hundreds of mobile uploads I have shared over the years. This is how I got from then to now, and how I became myself along the way.

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Disaster Preparedness in 4 Easy Steps

Remember back in 1997 when Halloween was cancelled in locations in eastern Nebraska due to a snowstorm? Cancelling Halloween may not have been a true "disaster" as much for the adults as it was for the children who look forward to an evening of trick-or-treating. The real disaster that weekend occurred when tree branches (which still had most of their leaves) became heavy with ice and snow and snapped during the night. This caused further damage to property and power outages throughout Omaha and Lincoln for up to 8 days.

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10 Ways to Prevent Toddler Halloween Fear

Around Halloween every store has scary decorations! Some stores are scarier than others, especially in the eyes of young children.

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Hands-On Storytelling

Our Wednesday started with a wiggle, an itch to run, an inability to sit still, and a frustrated mom. That sentence pretty much sums up my almost four year old boy, Grayson, and our relationship. He's incredibly smart, yet lacks the focus and discipline to sit down and participate in most activities. It's especially hard when his older sister wants to do something quietly, like reading a book, and he's zooming all over the house like a race car! I appreciate his enthusiasm and wild passion for enjoying life; however, I know that when he starts school this may become an issue.

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