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Genealogy: Filling in Your Family History Details

Genealogy: Filling in Your Family History Details

The events of Anson and Cornelia's lives were chronicled through the records. Census listings were examined; They showed that Anson was a farmer. County records were searched for his estate record. His will revealed that he was in “a very infirm state of health” when he made it in 1852. He left his wife Cornelia in control until the oldest child became 21.

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Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit

Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit

Childproofing

Bad-tasting solutions that you can apply to your preschooler's thumb have a serious drawback. If your child rubs his eyes, the solution may sting or irritate them.

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Adoptive Parent Groups

Adoptive Parent Groups

Adopterms

An adoptive parent group (sometimes called an adoptive parent support group) is a group of adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents who meet to obtain information about adopting as well as to socialize and/or to discuss issues related to adoption. Often these groups can be very helpful to people who are trying to adopt a child.

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Updated: April 20, 2022

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When You Should go to the Hospital for Labor: the Complete Guide

Go to Hospital

As your pregnancy reaches its end and your due date is looming, you probably have a lot of questions about when you should head to the hospital once labor begins. Of course, each woman's citation is unique, and your Ob-Gyn may have some specific instructions, but there are a few cut and dry citations doctors say require a call to your physician and perhaps a visit to the delivery ward.

More: What are the Stages of Labor?

Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask a Woman If She's Pregnant

5 reasons you should never ask a woman if she's pregnant

Somehow, society has made it a norm to comment on, give advice for, and even touch a pregnant person’s body. In 2019, humans are more complex than ever before and that means that our science and reproductive technology has followed suit making no shortage in pregnant humans. Women now have the choice to be a SMC (Single Mother by Choice) and it’s becoming more and more acceptable to form your family in alternative ways. Everywhere you turn, you’re bound to notice an expecting mother. 

Updated: February 12, 2020

Are Gluten-Free Diets Safe for Kids?

girl eating a non gluten free diet

My older daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease (No consuming wheat!) last year; and ever since then we’ve had to change around our whole lifestyle by eliminating gluten from her diet—and answer lots of questions about Celiac from curious friends, as well as strangers. 

Being “gluten free” is NOT a cool, trendy diet fad—it’s a lifestyle choice some parents make for their child’s health. But, is it okay for all kids? We asked and experts answered.

Birth Trauma

Healing from a Difficult Delivery

Birth Trauma

Someone may try to tell you that a negative birth experience won't affect you after it's over. The sad fact is that you can have such a horrible birth experience that it leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or birth trauma. Signs that you may be experiencing birth trauma include depression, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, and anxiety that last longer than a month.

Updated: April 22, 2022

Why Is My Cervix Not Dilating? (In the First Stages of Labor)

Failure to Progress in Labor

Cervix dilation is one of the earliest signs that the birth of your baby is imminent. As you approach your due date, your doctor will check your weekly visits to see if you are dilated. Dilation begins once you have lost your mucus plug and cervical effacement has occurred. You may also experience a bloody show, a mix of blood and mucus when you lose your mucus plug.

There are three stages of labor: latent labor, active labor, and the delivery of the placenta, which is often glossed over when discussing labor.

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Updated: April 20, 2022

10 Health Changes to Make if You Plan to Get Pregnant in the New Year

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They say you’re never quite ready for everything motherhood throws your way--as much as you try. However, if you’re hoping this new year is THE year you’ll get pregnant (fingers and toes crossed!) there are some ways to prep your body for baby. Here’s some health advice from the pros to consider if you’ve got babies on the brain!

More: TTC? 5 Things to Consider First

Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?

Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?

Building Blocks

Excessive behavior that is socially destructive and characterized by fighting, stealing, arson, truancy, and leaving home is called a conduct disorder.

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Role of the Father in the Breastfeeding Family

Role of the Father in the Breastfeeding Family

Many men mistakenly believe that breastfeeding is strictly confined to women and babies. They see their role as that of a passive or neutral outside observer who has little influence on the process. A common complaint from fathers of breastfed babies is that they tend to feel excluded from the intimacy of the nursing dyad. But fathers actually have tremendous potential to either facilitate or undermine the success of breastfeeding.

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Girls and Puberty

Girls and Puberty

In girls, breast development can begin any time between the ages of 8 and 13. (Later development may be considered “delayed” but is not necessarily abnormal.) As the breasts grow, pubic hair will begin to appear, and your daughter will grow very rapidly.

Tuning In

Keep in mind that a girl's breasts may develop at different rates, and there's nothing wrong with one breast being larger than the other during this time.

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Do High HCG Levels Mean Twins? ( + HCG Chart to Test for Multiple Pregnancies)

HCG Screening and Multiple Pregnancy

What is HCG?

One of the earliest ways to detect the possibility of multiples is by monitoring the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (or HCG) in the mother's body. HCG is a hormone secreted by the fertilized egg(s). It regulates the production of other hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, until the placenta develops and assumes that role. Often called the "pregnancy hormone," HCG supports fetal growth and development.

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Your Girl's Broken Heart

Your Girl's Broken Heart

A good reason for girls to get involved in sports, besides honing their physical talents and learning teamwork, is that they learn how to accept losses. Sooner or later, even the best female athlete or the best girls' team in the world can get defeated. Yet the season, or the competition, goes on. It is a sign of good sportsmanship to accept victory and defeat graciously. Having a relationship with a boy is not a sport, but the end of a relationship can be compared to losing an important game.

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Updated: April 25, 2022

How To Deal With Gender Disappointment: I Wanted a Girl But Am Having a Boy

female hands at belly with with BOY and GIRL cards

People often have a specific idea of what parenthood will look like for them. Perhaps you've imagined they'll have all boys, or one baby boy and one baby girl. Maybe they've hoped for twins for as long as they can remember. Some couples will try to follow old-wives tale practices to conceive a certain gender baby such as eating lots of vegetables and fish to get pregnant with a girl or only having sex on certain days of the month.