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Updated: May 15, 2019

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Landscaping with a Green Thumb: The Vegetable Garden

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Landscaping with a Green Thumb: The Vegetable Garden

With produce prices spiraling ever higher, it's a great time to consider planting your own vegetable and herb garden. If you have a sunny spot in your yard, or even just a sunny deck, you can grow your own organic produce, and always have fresh ingredients on hand for your family dinners.

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Updated: August 16, 2021

Helping Your Kids Through Puberty

Helping Your Kids Through Puberty

Whoever said "appearances don't count" never shared a home with a child in the throes of puberty. Carefree kids suddenly become bundles of self-consciousness between the ages of about 10 and 15. As the mother of a 12-year-old, I've seen my daughter and her friends agonize over body size, shape, hair, complexion, and clothes. At the same time, their moods and energy levels rise and fall with fluctuating hormone levels.

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Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Now that he can better communicate his eating preferences, your child may hassle you more than ever about eating. Children who regularly refuse food at mealtimes or demand diversions such as television and toys in order to eat are prone to what I have come to call food fits: They use food to gain attention and to manipulate their parents and caregivers. When adults chronically cave in to crying, screaming children, they perpetuate this behavior. Children crave attention of any type.

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Updated: April 16, 2022

Prenatal Vitamins: The Benefits and Ingredients to Avoid

Prenatals

A healthy diet is imperative throughout pregnancy. This ensures that your growing baby gets all of the necessary building blocks throughout their development. There will be days when your daily meals will not provide you and your baby with everything you need. That is why a prenatal vitamin is so important! However, with so many products on the market, it can be hard to determine what to look for in this essential multivitamin for expectant moms.

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Perhaps the most frequently given type of occasion party, birthday parties usually follow a familiar pattern: Gather, eat, open presents, have cake, leave. Although this pattern is unlikely to change (why fix what isn't broken?), you can certainly liven up familiar traditions by adding your own creative touches to the venue, décor, menu, and activities.
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Updated: April 25, 2022

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Irish Twins

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Imagine finding out you’re pregnant again while you still have a newborn. The term “Irish Twins” refers to siblings born within a year of each other, and it definitely does happen. While birthing two babies in the span of a year has its challenges, there are also many uniquely special benefits to raising siblings close in age. 

More: Do Twins Run in Families? A Genetic Explanation

Sexuality and Breastfeeding

Sexuality and Breastfeeding

Having a baby transforms a couple into a family and surely represents one of the most significant transitions in adult life. Despite the temporary upheaval and increased stress and responsibility, most couples ultimately discover that parenthood brings a whole new dimension to their relationship that enhances their intimacy and strengthens their bond. At first, however, personal and couple time is crowded out by the pressing needs of the infant newcomer, who easily becomes the focus of the family.

Updated: February 12, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Co-Ed Baby Shower

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As our times change to have a more inclusive world, we are seeing this pattern ripple into the birth world, too! Sayonara to the days of separated baby showers where mom disappears for most of the day, most likely whisked away looking fit to see the queen, her partner is summoned at the end to help deliver the carloads of gifts back home. As women are taking control of the births, their partners are also becoming residually empowered to be more involved in the birth process.

Updated: April 23, 2022

I'm Having a "Geriatric Pregnancy." Am I Really At Risk?

geriatric pregnancy

There are many things that could use a facelift within the birth world, but one of the most disturbing things to me is the language that is used to speak to and of pregnant people. It’s absolutely incredible the level of disrespect and twisted thinking passed down in the mere way we talk about pregnancy and the entire reproductive journey. Our medical system has diagnostic words like "failure to progress," "failure to thrive," and "incompetent cervix." These terms are not reserved for the  worst of the worst either.

Updated: March 2, 2021

The Best Black Friday Deals for Mama and Baby

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Top 5 Money Concepts to Teach Your Kids

Top 5 Money Concepts to Teach Your Kids

1. Save for a rainy day

The cornerstone of healthy personal finance is also something many people struggle with: saving money. From the time your kids are old enough to desire toys, books, and other entertainment items, you should teach them how to save for the things they want to buy.

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Choosing Your Crafting Space

Choosing Your Crafting Space

Crafty Clues

Keep air vents and filter for exhaust fans (and heating and cooling systems) clean. This is all part of general ventilation system maintenance, but if your craft involves the creation of dust, you may have to clean or replace these filters more often. If you have some design leeway in your crafting area, install an exhaust fan if there isn't one. They can be installed in any room, not just a kitchen or bathroom.

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Updated: April 21, 2022

Cell Phones at School: Should They Be Allowed?

Pros and cons of allowing cell phones in school

Should students be allowed to have their cell phones in middle school and high school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most high schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Natural(ish) Parenting: A Lesson in Flexibility

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Before getting pregnant and having my son, I had a lot of plans for the kind of parent I wanted to be. When I thought about what my parenting philosophy would be, it would have been heavily categorized under the “natural parenting” label. Leave it to my strong-willed and life-lesson-teaching son to show me a thing or two about being flexible with my plans.

by: Megg Thompson

How to Evolve Behavior with Love

Evolving your child's behavior with love

So often when racking our brains for solutions to challenging behaviors, adults lean on fear as their best friend to help them through the madness and frustration. In the field of behavior many strategies may hurt a child’s emotional wellness, and result in shame, guilt and sadness. Adults scour parenting books and the internet for help.

Adopting Kids with Special Needs

Adopting Kids with Special Needs

Adopterms

Agencies designate children who they believe are hard to place as children with special needs, although each agency differs on what constitutes a special need. What some agencies regard as special needs are not viewed that way by other agencies—and often not by hopeful adoptive parents. For example, healthy black or biracial infants and older children are often categorized as having special needs simply because the agency has trouble finding parents for them.

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