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How Your Marriage Affects Your Children

parents fighting in front of sad kid

The foundation of your relationship with your spouse could have a big impact on your child. If they see the two of you getting along and supporting each other, they will mirror your behavior and will likely get along with friends and family. 

More: Having a GREAT Marriage

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Stocking a Healthy Kitchen

Stocking a Healthy Kitchen

Keeping a well-stocked kitchen can make it easier to prepare quick and healthy meals. It is helpful to stock your kitchen with a variety of basic foods, but it is best to buy fresh ingredients as you need them.

Make sure you have the following on your kitchen shelf:

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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.

Updated: April 25, 2022

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Holiday Bash on a Budget

Outside Christmas decorations

Decide on a menu and decorations

Holiday menu planning for a crowd can be tricky. If you decide to have a potluck meal, your work will be much simpler than if you're cooking a full dinner all on your own. However, you should coordinate the menu with your guests. (You don't want a table filled with nothing but salads!) Once you have a sense of what people are bringing, you can prepare a few complementary dishes. Your kids will enjoy helping you in the kitchen. Children are often especially willing to help prepare desserts.

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Making Time for Arts & Crafts

Making Time for Arts & Crafts

You may be wondering when you're going to do all these arts & crafts when you're running to soccer games, trying to get the laundry done, rushing to finish a project for your boss on time, and struggling to get a meal on the table every night.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

Simplify Meal Time: Kid-Friendly Meals You Can Make in a Muffin Tin

make-ahead muffin tin meals

Kid-friendly meals that adults love too can seem like the Holy Grail of feeding a family. Either you find yourself eating mac and cheese and chicken fingers, or you end up making multiple meals customized to each person's age, taste, and dietary restrictions. While one-pot suppers and family crockpot meals are a great catch-all for some families, others need more individualized options that don't require a sink's worth of dishes and all the free hours you can muster.

10 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Children

10 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Children

  1. Make a date -- Children like routine, so why not set aside one afternoon a week when you do something special together?
  2. Share the planning -- Get the children to decide what you're going to do at least some of the time. Make time to plan and discuss what you're all going to do. Anticipation can be as much fun as the activity.
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Family Meetings

Family Meetings

How does all this happen? You're leading busy lives—what family isn't? Few of us are used to sitting down together and working on lists of values, rules, and goals. First, don't try to do it all at once! Schedule a few sessions to do it.

A good place to write your family value statement and define your family's rules is during a family meeting.

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by: Alvin Poussaint, M.D.

Obesity Among Children

Obesity Among Children

Obesity Epidemic
It's not "cool" to be fat, but that has not prevented an obesityepidemic from occurring among America's youth. Childhood obesity increased from 5 percent in 1964 to about 13 percent in 1994. Today, it is about 20 percent – and rising.

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Updated: March 2, 2022

Molar Pregnancy: Understanding Causes and Treatment Options

Molar Pregnancy

When planning a family, one of the most exciting moments comes when we finally find out we’re pregnant. And many women get the news that their lives are about to change by the two little lines, a positive symbol, or a digital reading that appears on most at-home pregnancy tests. But because these tests work by detecting a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), what they don’t reveal is whether or not it is a healthy pregnancy.

Updated: May 6, 2020

8 Life Skills You Can Teach Your Kids At Home During Quarantine

8 life skills to teach your kids during quarantine

Though this time of quarantine is filled with challenges and difficult emotions, we can make the most of it as parents by using the time to teach kids life skills that they may not learn in school. Although it might take a little extra work upfront to teach your children a new skill, ultimately it will save you time as they learn to do more for themselves.

Updated: April 28, 2022

Is Intelligence Inherited? A Genetic Explanation

Hereditary Intelligence_Featured

Do you ever wonder if your child's cognitive ability was inherited or if it's based on environmental factors? In fact, human intelligence is a fairly equal mix of genetics and environmental influences. Genetic differences in cognition are more likely to be passed on from mother to child than from father to child (so for all the moms reading this, you were right all along).

More: Is Personality Genetic?

Your Son's Life Skills and Independence

Your Son's Life Skills and Independence

You may think you've heard all there is to hear about the importance of life skills, but the concept takes on a new urgency when your son announces that he's ready to move out. It becomes even more urgent the first time he calls you to announce he's run out of money, forgotten to put oil in his car, or clogged the plumbing of his new home.

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by: Christy Matte

How To Limit Your Child's Data Usage

kids starting at phones

Adding your child to the family mobile plan has become a new tech-oriented milestone, but for parents, it may also mean higher data costs. Unless you’re willing to pay for an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to have a serious discussion with your kid about data usage.

Realistically, a single chat won’t do the trick for most kids. Instead, you’ll need to model, educate, and regulate — and possibly pay the occasional overage fees when things don’t go as planned.

Updated: August 11, 2020

5 Phrases to Say to Your Anxious Child About Schools Reopening

5 phrases you can say to anxious kids about going back to school Fall 2020

Back-to-school has never felt so fraught with emotion and uncertainty thanks to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As parents, we feel the swing of sanity as it rests upon surges of fear, hope, and anxiety connected with the news and the reopening plans of schools coming to fruition. None of this is lost upon our children no matter what their ages.

Backup Childcare

Backup Childcare

What if your child attends a family day care and the day care provider's own children develop a contagious illness? What if the day care provider becomes sick? Suppose your child is in a day care center, but comes down with a stomach flu the same day that you have a presentation you cannot miss at work? Sometimes, a nanny or sitter simply fails to show up. What do you do? No matter what your childcare situation, you want to have a backup plan for childcare in place for the inevitable day when something goes wrong.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Kitchen Magic for Easy Meals: 10 Uses For One Bag of Frozen Veggies

Medley of Frozen Vegetables

Making easy family meals is a lot like the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books... When you think of making easy family meals, the first thought is to reach for something ready-made. Your second thought is probably about the guilt that goes into serving your kids something that has more than 5 ingredients with many you can't even pronounce.

Marriage: Looking Forward to the Future

Marriage: Looking Forward to the Future

When you are married, you have the special opportunity to look toward the future with anticipation. Sometimes that involves making day-to-day plans, and other times it involves planning something really wonderful for two years from now.

Take time to do the following:

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Updated: February 12, 2020

How Much Will My Baby Weigh?

newborn baby being weighed on scale

Can you predict your new arrival’s weight? There are a few clues that can help you guess. But there’s no way to fill in the weight on the birth announcement until the nurse places your bundle of joy onto the scale. 

The average baby is born weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces, but anywhere from 5 pounds 8 ounces to 8 pounds 13 ounces can be considered healthy. 

More: Will My Child Be Athletic? A Genetic Explanation

Updated: May 15, 2019

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Go Play Outside!

Gather Groups of Older Kids

Older Kids and Preteens Outside

Older kids and preteens like to be in groups. Any kind of group problem-solving or scientific testing will get the best results when kids this age work in teams.

At this age, kids usually like physical activity and need a lot of it. Recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, biking, and snow-shoeing can help lead them into the outdoors.

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Plan a Healthy Year for Your Child

Plan a Healthy Year for Your Child

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Check in for a Checkup
If your child sprains an ankle, complains of a sore throat, or develops a rash, you probably stop by the pediatrician's office. But what about taking your child to the doctor when she isn't sick? Should you schedule preventive checkups, too?

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