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by: Kristine Petterson

Parenting Mindfully When Life Spirals Out of Control

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My yoga teacher Tiffany Wood loves to say, “You may not be in control of every situation, but you can always take charge.” It took time for this teaching to sink in, and becoming a mother gave me a whole new perspective on being out of control. Parents are handed a tiny human with their own agenda and pretty strong opinions out of the gate. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting and it only gets harder when your child is old enough to look you in the eye and shout, “NO!”

Updated: May 15, 2019

Getting Along: Tips for Freshmen Roommates

Getting Along: Tips for Freshmen Roommates

Freshman rooming situations can be a nightmare. My midwestern roomie got falling-down drunk every Thursday through Sunday night, while the Louisiana boy who shared a bunk bed with me made frequent ceremonial offerings to a legendary bayou voodoo queen. I realized within days that we were not going to be lifelong best friends. My goal was survival.

Getting great freshman roommates is more a matter of luck than theresult of a college's sophisticated match-up process.

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Updated: August 26, 2019

What Teachers Want Parents to Know About the First Week of School

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Back to school time is quickly approaching. You’re probably stocking up on backpacks, pencils, and other school supplies for your children. In just a few short weeks, you will be turning them over to a teacher who will spend more hours each weekday with them than you. 

More: 5 Positive Phrases To Say To Your Anxious Child About School

Here are 12 things teachers want you to know about that first week of school.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Preparing for a Baby in a Digital World

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Preparing for a baby deserves so much attention and dedicated time to planning for your tiny human, but where do you find the time? Between work, paying the bills, walking the dog, and the occasional social call, where do you squeeze in childbirth education classes and creating a birth plan? Maybe the anxiety of preparing is what’s holding you back. Regardless of what is preventing you from preparing for your birth experience, we have the ultimate solution! 

Updated: April 23, 2022

The Benefits of Yoga on Health and Self Confidence

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Yoga has completely transformed my life and the lives of countless others. If you had told me a year ago that yoga would become my new obsession, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.  As an Emergency Medicine Doctor, my mind was continually going a hundred miles a minute and the thought of yoga and slowing down seemed so foreign to me. 

More: Self-Care Practices for Busy Moms

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Hotel Etiquette

Hotel Etiquette

Hotels can be so much more than places to sleep while traveling. They can be among the most interesting and memorable aspects of a trip. However, because hotels range from elegant luxury establishments to country inns to chain hostelries off the interstate, they can be a bit confusing unless you know what to expect from them and what they may expect from you.

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Mapping Your Strategy for a Genealogy Research Trip

Mapping Your Strategy for a Genealogy Research Trip

Become familiar with the county you're interested in and its surrounding counties by studying several kinds of maps before your trip. You need present-day highway maps to find your way around and to give you an overview of the local scene. But even if your ancestor's town still exists on present-day maps, try to find maps contemporary with his life.

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Updated: February 10, 2022

10 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom (That Aren't MLMS!)

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Between the feedings, the diaper changes, and trying to get your baby to enjoy tummy time, it can be tough to squeeze in a sliver of time for anything else as a stay-at-home mom. But, if you want to bring in some extra income for your family, there are remote jobs that you can do to make money from home. You're in the driver's seat, so you can make your own schedule and decide what kind of side hustle you're going to do to bring in extra money.

Updated: June 27, 2019

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Talking About Sex

Talking About Sex

Talking About the Birds and Bees

What do you do when your youngster asks, "Where do babies come from?" Whether your child's in preschool or elementary school, we've got sound advice on how to talk about sex. Just click on your child's age group:

For Ages: 4 to 7

The Scene

You and your five-year-old son are grabbing a quick bite for dinner at the local eatery. Suddenly, he asks -- in a clear, loud voice -- "How did I get inside you, Mommy? Did you swallow a seed?" You start choking on your tuna sandwich.

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The Trouble with Termites

The Trouble with Termites

Termites are wood-eating insects. Although they like to eat things like trees and shrubs, they're also extremely fond of residential structures, as well as anything made of wood, including a wood product that's inside a structure they've already infested. Unfortunately for homeowners, their passion for cellulose -- the fiber in wood -- comes with a huge price tag. Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in damage to wood structures.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Genealogy Research

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Everyone has a story to tell, your ancestors included. But if you're one of the millions of Americans who want to know those stories, you’ll need to connect with your inner genealogist. When my brother decided to wade through centuries of the past to dig up our family history, he didn’t realize the rabbit hole he was jumping into. 

More: 5 Family History & Genealogy Podcasts to Listen to This Fall

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In-Home Childcare

In-Home Childcare

No matter how much you decide to work, you'll almost definitely be in the market for childcare. Once upon a time, grandparents, aunts, or cousins handled childcare for working parents. But fewer and fewer new parents today live close enough to their parents or siblings to make this a viable option, so you'll probably have to find someone to care for your baby when you can't be home with him.

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Six College Selection Tips for Parents

Six College Selection Tips for Parents

What happens if your child gets accepted to more than one college? Dr. Frank Leana, education director at Howard Green & Associates, offers the following suggestions:

  • Avoid forcing your own preferences. Parents tend to push kids to go to the most prestigious school or the one that is closest to home. It's important for parents to separate their own needs from those of the child.

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Plugging a Roof Leak

Plugging a Roof Leak

We'll get into what roof leaks are all about and how you find, fix, and prevent them in Diagnosing a Roof Problem and Fixing a Roof Problem. Right now, if there's water coming into your house, you've got an immediate problem to contend with, so let's look at what you need to do now.

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by: Erin Dower

No Such Thing as "Sunblock": Labeling Rules for Sunscreens

No Such Thing as "Sunblock": Labeling Rules for Sunscreens

Did you know the words "waterproof," "sweatproof," and "sunblock" can no longer be used on sunscreen labels? Recent rules implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are aimed at making sunscreen labels more informative and accurate in their health claims.

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It's a Brave New Money World

It's a Brave New Money World

Aldous Huxley predicted test-tube babies, mind-altering drugs, and other scientific marvels in his Brave New World. Many of his predictions have already come true. But he didn't include the changes that have taken place in the world when it comes to money matters.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

What to Do When Your Child Is Sick

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You're thinking of the big meeting you have today when your child says, "I don't feel well!" As parents, we dread hearing these words. But when we do hear them, do you know what to do? "Are you sure?" you ask, as you put your hand on his forehead. His head does feel a bit warm. But is he really feverish enough to keep home from school? As a nurse practitioner working in a school setting, I've seen many parents struggle with these issues. While having a sick child is never easy, these guidelines might help you figure out what to do when your child says, "I don't feel so good."

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Updated: August 22, 2019

Using Baby Books as a Genealogy Tool

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Looking at old baby books may be a good place to learn more about your family and its history. 

Many people seek to learn more about their family history. Some wish to preserve this information for future generations, while others may want to research a hereditary illness. Those who have lost touch with their past yearn to rediscover their relatives. All of us have a deep desire to know who we are, and where we came from. Plus, learning about family history can be just plain fun. 

Fair Warning: Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

Talking to Your Toddler about a New Sibling

Fair Warning: Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

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Especially if you have a young child, try to avoid telling her too early. By the time the baby comes, your older child may be totally bored with the whole idea.

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Updated: May 31, 2022

Is Candy and Chocolate Okay for Toddlers?

Chocolate and Candy for Toddlers

Dark chocolate has long been toted as a healthy treat that is brimming with antioxidants and beneficial vitamins and minerals. This gives many parents the false impression that it is a good idea to offer this sweet snack to their kids.

Health Concerns With Sugar Filled Foods

While everything is okay in moderation, there are some things to keep in mind when you give candy and chocolate to toddlers.

Updated: April 23, 2022

What Does Dreaming of Being Pregnant Mean?

Pregnancy Dreams

Our dreams can provide fascinating insight into both our most obvious thoughts and the more subconscious elements of our lives. Our waking life is often reflected in our dreams through symbolism, so it can sometimes take a bit of work to analyze dreams and understand the messages that accompany them. Dreaming of being pregnant can make for a memorable dream as pregnancy is a life stage that is filled with significance, and can lead a dreamer to seek interpretation.