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Dealing with Your Toddler's Sleep Disturbances

Dealing with Your Toddler's Sleep Disturbances

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Many bedtime routines can be applied to naptime. But going to sleep when the sun is shining is different from going to sleep at night. You can give your child a naptime sleeping bag that she can plop down on the couch, on your bed, or even on the floor when it's naptime. If you try to make naptime a special time for your child, she may even lie down willingly.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Spine-Tingling Storytelling!

Spine-Tingling Storytelling!

Ah, Halloween: America's costume blast. A chance to imagine we're something else, and to look the part, if only for one night. But it's also about the dark, mysterious side of things. The grave. Ghosts and witches. Monsters. A celebration of what scares us. But how much scariness is too much? And for children of what ages?

Children of different ages have varying comfort levels with imaginary fear. So if you're going to tell Halloween stories to your kids, here are a few guideposts to follow through the cold, swirling mists of the graveyard.

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The Hidden Angst of Girls

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The Hidden Angst of Girls

This kind of virulent nervous energy is rampant among today's teen girls. And yet, it is often hard to detect, even for the parents and educators who care most about them and their success. That is because teen girls are diligent about hiding their pain.
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by: Lindsay Hutton

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Safely Ever After: Educating Children About Child Predators

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Safely Ever After: Educating Children About Child Predators

When it comes to child predators and stranger safety, many parents are in the dark about what to say to their children. Some parents approach it too seriously, while others use scare tactics and other unwise methods. Pattie Fitzgerald, founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc, has some expert advice on how to broach the topic in a way your children will understand, without making them overly fearful of strangers.

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Recognizing Postpartum Depression

Causes of PPD

Recognizing Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is the term for any downswings in mood that women may suffer after giving birth. While a supportive partner and network of friends can help with normal depression, serious PPDs are hormonally induced and require a doctor's attention.

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Talking to Your Preschooler About Death

Talking to Your Preschooler About Death

All life ends in death. But because our culture has difficulty accepting this fact, death has become an unspeakable terror.

Perhaps due to our own fears, speaking to preschoolers about death is an even greater taboo today than talking about sex. Adults try to justify their reticence by arguing that because young children can't possibly understand death, parents should spare their preschoolers the burden of thinking about it.

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Injury, Illness, and Stress

Injury, Illness, and Stress

Keep in mind that stress can have detrimental effects on the body and is closely related to pain, injury, and illness. Stress weakens immunity, and physical stress weakens muscles and joints. It can cause immediate symptoms, including a runny nose, tears, a twitchy eye or face, sweating, trembling, and a greatly increased or decreased appetite. Some people get stomach and gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, cramps, and nausea. Vomiting, hives, and severe headaches are also quite common.

Body Responses to Stress

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Removing a Tick and Recognizing Lyme Disease

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Removing a Tick and Recognizing Lyme Disease

Ticks have received a lot of attention over the past several years. Being the transmitters of such deadly diseases as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme Disease, ticks are considered Public Enemy Number One in the eyes of many—especially those who live in the Rocky Mountains or in rural areas. Ticks are definitely a nuisance.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

How to Reduce Worry

How to Reduce Worry

(From Protecting the Gift. Copyright 1999 by Gavin de Becker. Published by The Dial Press. Reprinted with permission.)

Why you worry

All the energy a new mother might once have put into protecting herself she now puts into protecting her baby - because it is herself, literally a physical part of her. Author (and mother) Elizabeth Stone has said that the decision to have a child is momentous because ''it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.''

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Dealing with Postpartum Depression: One Woman's Story

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Dealing with Postpartum Depression: One Woman's Story

After my third child was born I developed what I thought was postpartum depression. I was in a stressful second marriage and noticed that all during this pregnancy (following so quickly on the heels of my second child's birth) I was more emotionally volatile, insecure, and weepy. I needed a lot of support that my husband did not know how to give me.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

From Delightful to Frightful: 4 Halloween Decor Ideas for All Tastes

Autumn is the time to fall into holiday decor, with Halloween boldly leading the way to an abundance of seasonal decorating. When it comes to your Halloween decorating style, are you a “happy harvester,” “horrifying haunter,” or somewhere in between? First, take this quiz from Remax to find out. Then, put a thrilling twist on the traditional, and celebrate the spirit of the season with a decorative landscape based on your spot on the scare spectrum.

Five In-Law Power Tactics

Five In-Law Power Tactics

In-laws, like all other people, use several different tactics to get power. If they're smart, they go with the ones that work best, but for some people, any power play will do in a pinch. Here are some of the most common techniques people use to assert power over other people. Which ones describe how your in-laws get their way?

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Updated: August 19, 2020

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Homeschooling Pros and Cons

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Homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. There are about two million children currently learning at home. Homeschooled kids do well on standardized tests, are welcome at colleges and universities, and as adults, have a reputation for being self-directed learners and reliable employees.

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Updated: January 26, 2022

Changes To Your Poop During Pregnancy (Everything You Need to Know)

Pooping While Pregnant

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It’s not a very glamorous subject, so we often talk about the changes in bowel movements pregnant women face.