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Updated: April 25, 2022

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

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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.

The Parenting Style Continuum

The Parenting Style Continuum

What's your style? Experts who study family dynamics and parenting have come up with a range of parenting styles. If you put them on a continuum they look something like this:

A Quick “Hit” on the Parenting Continuum

Imagine six parents, each with a different parenting style, sitting in the dentist's waiting room with their six children. The kids are running wild, acting out, and getting into trouble. Here's what the parents might say and do:

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Updated: April 23, 2022

A Guide to Maternity Leave Laws by State: Know Your Rights

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While the United States has come a long way in terms of maternity leave, the country is still behind compared to other nations in laws requiring time off and lack of nationally mandated paid leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act dictates the rules in place for taking a leave from and returning to work amid pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stages. Unlike many other nations, in the U.S., there is no requirement for paid time off following a birth, though twelve weeks of unpaid leave are required by law for the majority of workplaces.

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How Much Fiber Do You Need in Your Diet?

How Much Fiber Do You Need in Your Diet?

Although there's no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for fiber, most health experts agree that we should aim for 25 to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day (a mix of both soluble and insoluble). The following menu shows a few ideas to help you raise your intake of fiber.

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When Your Teen Wants a Car

When Your Teen Wants a Car

There's a great probability that, sooner or later, your teenager is going to want to have his own car. The question is, will you agree to let him have one?

Let's dispel the notion right up front that every teenager needs to have his or her own car. Plenty of kids do just fine without a Jetta of their own. They walk. They keep riding their trusty bikes. They skateboard. They take a bus. They bum rides from their friends (and that's another issue), or from you.

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Water Games

Water Games

As we learned earlier, team sports are great for teaching kids about strategy, teamwork, and social interaction. Add some water and see how quickly they learn how much fun summer can be!

Water Basketball—Splashketball!

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To include little kids in the game, have them team up with the big kids. For example, a big kid and a little kid will make a great two-person Octopus!

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Troubleshooting a Preschooler's Eating

Troubleshooting a Preschooler's Eating

As kids get older, they tend to accept new foods more easily. I've noticed that Hayley, who is nearly six, has become more adventurous in the past year. There are strategies to improve nutrition while you are waiting for your child to be more accepting of a wide range of foods. Here are some of the most common roadblocks to good nutrition, and some simple solutions.

Your Child Won't Eat Vegetables

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High School and Higher Expectations

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Despite his best efforts, his grades always took a hit during basketball season--never enough to really make me think seriously that he should quit the team, but enough to make me concerned. The nights of practice immediately following the school day usually lasted until late in the evenings, sometime past 9:00 p.m. He would then be up doing homework well past midnight. The summer between his junior and senior years he had to attend summer school to get his GPA back up to a 3.0.
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Feeding Your Preschooler

Feeding Your Preschooler

As your child moves toward six, his nutrient needs continue to evolve into a more adultlike diet. Pound for pound, youngsters require less energy with increasing age. Since the amount of fat kids need to flourish depends on their calorie intake, fat requirements gradually go down with advancing age, too. In fact, now is a good time to start nudging your child toward a lower fat diet.

Parents often find daily guidelines for fat and calorie intake helpful because they provide a benchmark for a child's progress.

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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. 

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Reduce Your Amount of Trash

Reduce Your Amount of Trash

The Three Rs

Did you know there are three Rs in Green?
Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Everyone likes the convenience of modern life, but we pay in dollars now and garbage tomorrow for a lot of that convenience. So far it's up to each family to decide for itself where to draw the line. When your family wants to start being green, there's help available.

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Updated: November 25, 2019

Cuteness Overload: How to Organize Your Baby Pictures

Cuteness Overload: How to Organize Your Baby Pictures

“Quick! Get the camera!” How many times have you heard that in the first couple of years of your child’s life? Every year, people take thousands of photos of their children. With today’s technology, cameras are easily accessible on our phones and tablets, digital cameras are cheaper than ever, and everyone in your family is going to take their own photos. How do you manage all of that digital photo overload? Follow these tips!

Your Child and His New Sibling: Baby Love?

Your Child and His New Sibling: Baby Love?

Childproofing

NEVER leave your baby alone or unwatched where your older child can reach her. Your baby's room should be not only babyproof, but childproof as well, preventing your older child from going into the room without adult supervision.

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Updated: November 22, 2021

10 Completely Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Naturally Induce Labor

When you're past your due date, you'll do just about anything to get things moving. While there is no magic switch for inducing labor, some overdue moms want to induce labor naturally. Of course, you should always check with your doctor first because each momma is different and you want to be sure you're not doing anything that would harm you or your baby. Your doctor may have some ideas for labor induction as well. Everyone has a common goal here!

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Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

When your puppy or dog does something you don't like, you need to teach her not to do it. Here are three general ideas that should help you deal with most problems.

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Giving Your Baby Solid Foods for the First Time

Giving Your Baby Solid Foods for the First Time

When giving your baby solid foods for the first time, take it slow and easy. Your child is not likely to sit down to three square meals of carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and protein. First foods are only intended to supplement, not instantly replace, bottle- or breast-feeding.

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How to Ease the Most Common (and Most Miserable) Pregnancy Symptoms

Easing the Common Symptoms of Pregnancy

When embarking on the road to motherly bliss, some women glow and others, shall I say, turn green. I was one of the unlucky green women. Although agonizing and uncomfortable (to put it mildly), these lousy side effects, including constipation, nausea, water retention and heartburn, are merely normal pregnancy occurrences and most certainly worth the beautiful end product.

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Teaching Safety to Your Preschooler

Teaching Safety to Your Preschooler

When you teach safety rules to your preschooler, it will help if you provide clear reasons for the rule. "Because I said so" may win some degree of compliance, but will not convince your child to make it his own rule, too. Try to help your four-year-old understand that these rules are not intended to spoil his fun, only to keep him safe. The more fair and reasonable your rules seem to your child, the more likely he is to adhere to them and adopt them as his own.

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