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Eliminating Unwanted Habits

Many children develop unwanted habits. You can eliminate these - but it takes practice - and patience.

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The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development

Have you ever laughed until your sides ached? Well, if it has been awhile take time to play with your children. Give yourself permission to have a wonderful experience listening and laughing with each child.

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New Parent's Back Ache

New parents struggle with back pain all too often. What are the common reasons - and how can a parent prevent the ache?

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What Is It Like to Become a Grandparent

You Have to Experience It for Yourself.

When you were pregnant your friends and family tried to tell you how it would feel when you, too, became a parent. Nothing they said could fully explain the mixture of emotions you really felt when you looked at that little person for the first time, though – could it?

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The Battle of the Five Layers

Playdates aren't always just for the kids!

Navigate this month's negative temperatures with those caffeinated (and almost caffeinated) moms in January's chapter of Mugs Half Full!

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10 Ways to Take Care of Your Sick Child

"Mommy, I think I am going to be sick." My nine year old, Allyson said this morning shortly after 2:30 a.m. Uh-oh, here we go again. I spent all day yesterday cleaning up after her 5 year old sister, Joslyn. Sometimes I wonder, "why are my kids so great at sharing?!"

So, what is the best way to care for your little one when she is sick with a stomach bug? I went straight to the source and asked my nine and five year olds as it was fresh in their minds.

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Family Holiday Expectations

The holidays are a time that we want to share family traditions with children. We have fond memories of our own childhood - opening presents on Christmas morning, lighting the menorah, traveling to grandparents house for Thanksgiving, the list goes on and on. But with all of the memories and traditions we want to pass on to our kids, it is necessary to consider the expectations we have for young children during the hectic holiday season. Some extra planning, preparation or alternative activities may be needed to keep the holidays from quickly becoming a stressful and unhappy time for everyone.

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Stepfamilies - Getting Connected, Staying Connected

Blending two families into a stepfamily takes work, especially during the holiday seasons. To succeed as a stepfamily, the couple must find ways to keep their relationship as the No. 1 priority in the family; it is the foundation for everything else. The first two years of this new marriage have proven to be critical for the couple.

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Less Stress - More Happy This Holiday Season

It's almost here – the holidays. But, for some people, it isn't all mistletoe and happiness. According to the American Psychological Association, 8 out of 10 adults anticipate stress with the holidays. Holiday stress can contribute to a host of ills – from allergies to headaches, sleep disorders and upset stomachs.

Here are a few tips to help keep stress lowered – and increase holiday happiness:

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The Importance of Rituals for Children

The weather has gotten cooler and the leaves are dropping, autumn is here in all of its colorful glory. Fall leading into winter is rich in traditions, meals, and gatherings. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are all holidays that we tend to have fond memories of and look forward to our family traditions and rituals with great anticipation. Each tradition is unique to each family making them so special.

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Halloween Costume Safety Tips

I have many fond memories of celebrating Halloween as a child. Carving out our pumpkins a few days before Halloween, toasting pumpkin seeds, and making little ghosts out of tissues and cotton balls. However, the thing I remember the most are my favorite costumes! One of the best ways to help your child have a safe and memorable Halloween is to be sure they have a safe and comfortable costume.

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Halloween is the Most Dangerous Day of the Year for Child-Pedestrians

According to the CDC, children are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. For adults and children – Halloween is one of the top 3 days for pedestrian injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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When Your Baby Cries

Your baby is born with the ability to cry, overtime they will learn to self-regulate their emotions but until then this is the way they communicate. You will soon learn the difference between cries as being hunger, fatigue or discomfort. Crying can be considered one of the most important emotions an infant has.

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Cook with Your Kids

It's worth the mess. It's worth the extra patience that it can take to wait for your young child to scoop or stir at their own pace. It's worth it to cook with your kids. I just adore those moments when I step back and watch my kids stare into the oven door watching their pizza bake. I can just hear my daughter saying, "The crust is getting bigger, Mommy." She sees the science. She knows yeast makes gas bubbles that help the crust get bigger. She’s 3. No, everything doesn't have to be homemade, and I understand that sometimes it just isn't practical to involve the kids in every meal, but they can still contribute and take some responsibility.

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No! No! No!

If you are a parent or caregiver of a toddler, you are sure to hear this word many times. “No,” is a very powerful word for a toddler. For many children, the word “No” is an early expression of their growing sense of autonomy. Developing a sense of autonomy is an important developmental milestone that toddlers reach. A toddler becomes aware that she is a separate person from her caregivers and peers. As a separate individual, she realizes she can make choices and decide what she wants to do. “Wow! I am me and look at all the things I can do! No! Don’t want to stay in bed! No! Don’t want to take a bath!” thinks the toddler.

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