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Too Much Stimulation, or Too Little?

Too Much Stimulation, or Too Little?

At wedding receptions, you're likely to find two kinds of children tucked away under the banquet table. The first is usually accompanied by a bright-eyed, giggling cousin as the pair revels in the illicit thrill of stolen champagne or other contraband. For the second, the cool folds of the tablecloth offer a temporary sanctuary from the noise, bustle, and business of the whole occasion.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

The Warning Signs of Teen Burnout

Burnt out teen girl sitting alone on outside steps

Adults and college students aren’t the only ones experiencing burn out. Teens today are just as stressed as those in older generations, and may not be as equipped to deal with the fall out of taking on too much because of the stage they are at in life. In a 2014 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 31% of teens reported feeling overwhelmed as a result of stress, while 30% reported feeling depressed or sad. 

Updated: December 10, 2021

6 Key Signs Your Toddler is Ready to Start Potty Training

Signs of Potty Training

When it’s time to potty train, it can be stressful for both toddlers and parents. But it can also be a really positive and rewarding experience. Heather Wallace, Love and Logic facilitator,​​ reminds us that a “toddler’s interest level is a key indicator of readiness. One thing you cannot control is your toddler’s bathroom habits. Therefore, making sure your toddler is ready to take control of this part of her development is imperative to success.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Dog

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Does Your Family Want a Dog?

A recent study by the American Animal Hospital Association confirmed what most of us already know: Mom is the primary caretaker for most pets, even the ones the kids just had to have and swore to take care of no matter what. If Mom didn't really want the dog and resents the extra work of caring for it, the situation usually results in strained family relationships.

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The Hallmarks of a Stressed Child

The Hallmarks of a Stressed Child

"I swear he's possessed," complained the mother of six-year-old Harry. "He has been in a foul mood for most of the week, and yesterday I found him in his sister's room cheerfully disemboweling her toy cat with a kitchen knife. The stuffing was flying everywhere. But the moment I went into the room, he looked up at me with these big helpless eyes (the knife still in his hand, mind you) and yelled, 'It wasn't me!' Then suddenly his face crumpled up and he started howling. His father keeps asking when his period's due!"

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Essential Pet Supplies

Essential Pet Supplies

Shop for your new buddy before he comes home. That way you'll be able to devote yourself to getting to know each other instead of scurrying off to the store during those first few days. Let's see what you need.

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A crate is like a den. Crates come in many forms—wire, plastic, aluminum, on wheels, with handles, and in various colors and sizes. For potty training, safe travel, and confinement if the dog is injured or ill, you can't beat a crate.

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Updated: April 9, 2020

40 Educational Shows for Kids You Can Stream Now

40 educational shows you can stream for kids right now

Searching for educational programs for your kids to watch during COVID-19 school closures? With so many options available on various streaming services, it can be overwhelming to do the research, even if you have extra time on your hands. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you and broken things up by category and age group. As always, make the determination that’s right for your home and your child. Happy streaming!

Updated: May 20, 2021

Mom Burnout is Real, Here Are 5 Ways to Avoid It

Mom Burnout

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a new mom, a seasoned mom, a mom of one, or a mom of multiples, burnout can affect us all. It’s common for moms of any stage to experience very real mommy burnout regardless of if your little ones are home with you 24/7 or in daycare or school. Let’s take a look at what exactly mom burnout is and how best to avoid it.

Can Stress Affect Your Pregnancy?

Can Stress Affect Pregnancy

Stress is a part of life—it has weaseled its way into your schedule before your pregnancy, and it will continue to accompany you throughout your pregnancy. Even when you're pregnant there will still be traffic jams that make you late, inconsiderate and pushy people who drive you nuts, deadlines to meet and arguments with friends and co-workers.

In these kinds of situations, stress will not harm your baby.

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Updated: April 20, 2022

Pet Care for Kids: Age-Appropriate Ways For Kids to Help

Pet Care for Kids: Age-Appropriate Ways For Kids to Help

When choosing a pet, make sure the temperament of the animal matches your family and lifestyle. Make it clear to the adoption agency or pet store that pet care for kids is important to your family. Pets can bring many years of joy if chosen correctly, and pet care can help teach children kindness and patience. For a fun activity, have your child use this printable to sort animals by identifying ones that make good pets.

More: How Pets Can Impact Kids' Mental Health

Updated: June 26, 2019

6 Reasons Why Getting a Puppy Is Not the Same as Having a Baby

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There's a reason that both puppies and babies are cute- they have to be, because each one will try your patience like no other force of nature. So if a person's patience level is truly like a muscle – the more you use it, the bigger it becomes – then adopt a puppy or have a child to find out. And what better time to recognize the similarities, and vast differences, then on National Puppy Day.

by: Lindsay Hutton

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Is Your Teen More Stressed Than You Think?

Is Your Teen More Stressed Than You Think?

Tools for teens to manage stress

Although a little stress can be a good thing, it is important for your teen to know how to manage stress in healthy ways. The first step is identifying where the stress is coming from so the proper measures can be taken. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a list of techniques for teens to use to help reduce and cope with stress, including:

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Prenatal Adoption Information

Prenatal Adoption Information

If the child you're planning to adopt isn't yet born, whatever information you can gain about the pregnant woman and about the child's prenatal condition is important. Researchers are discovering that prenatal conditions have an enormous impact on children's later mental and physical development.

Here are a few questions to ask about prenatal conditions that can affect a child:

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Preparing Your Puppy to Learn

Preparing Your Puppy to Learn

Your puppy wants to please you. If he learns that learning is fun, he'll learn quickly and you'll enjoy each other more. Your goal in the beginning should be to forge a bond of trust, mutual respect, and understanding with your puppy. That bond will see you both through your dog's adolescence (something like the “terrible twos” that children go through) and beyond.

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Updated: May 29, 2020

Teaching Kindness At Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

5 ways to teach kindness at home during coronavirus

The power of kindness is more important than ever right now. As we face a global pandemic and a time of fear and anxiety, our lives literally depend on the kindness and heroic efforts of strangers. This is a time to remember the power of kindness, and as we quarantine at home with our families, we can use this unique moment of our lives to prioritize teaching kindness to our children.

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

Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Sources of Stress for Kids

mom comforting kid with stress

In addition to minor aggravations like running late or having a bad hair day, kids (like the rest of us) have to cope with major life events. These events don't have to be negative to be stressful. Remember: the key component to stress is change.

More: The Hallmarks of a Stressed Child

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Teaching Kids to Navigate the Streets

Teaching Kids to Navigate the Streets

Tales from the Safety Zone

Close to 1,000 child pedestrians ages 14 and under die each year as a result of being hit by motor vehicles on streets and in parking lots and driveways. Pedestrian injury is a leading cause of unintentional deaths in children ages 5 to 9. This is one reason we think children under age 10 aren't ready to deal with traffic. More boys are hit than girls. Their upbringing may make boys bolder about taking risks.

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Updated: July 11, 2019