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Routine Tests During Pregnancy

Typical Tests Performed During Pregnancy

Routine Tests During Pregnancy

Routine, run-of-the-mill tests are the ones your doctor will conduct almost every time you visit him or her for a checkup. These include an evaluation of weight, blood pressure, urine, and blood.

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Is the News Bad News for Children?

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Many children get very concerned about current affairs. In moderation, television can be a great source of education and entertainment for kids. But unrestricted viewing also confronts children with realities many of them are not psychologically ready to digest. They will witness scenes of violence and bloodshed, see starving and abandoned children from all over the world, and hear reports of children being abducted from hotel rooms while they sleep.

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Updated: January 19, 2022

Is Your Child Seeking Constant Reassurance? (How to Address Anxiety)

Anxious Child

“What if…?”
It’s the older-kid version of “Why?” A question that arises from your child’s increasing capacity to think about and anticipate the future. How exciting! But with this newfound cognitive ability comes the discomfort of uncertainty. “What if it rains on my birthday?” “What if our dog gets out?” “What if my friends laugh at my new shirt?”


Parents typically answer these questions. And why not? Asking is how children gather information about the world, and answering makes everyone feel better, but only in the short term. 

Updated: February 12, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About the Mucus Plug During Pregnancy

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Ok, no one said labor was glamorous—and if they did, I’d sure love to meet that person because I adore my kids, but NO, my labors were not glamorous. Speaking of ‘unglamorous’...when you hear the term “mucus plug” associated with labor, chances are you cringe at that medical term. What the heck is a mucus plug and when it “comes out” of you, vaginally, when pregnant, does that mean you’re in labor? I contacted an OB-GYN to learn everything about the mucus plug and more.

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Choking Hazards

Choking Hazards

There are countless things a baby or small child could choke on in your house, and a baby will put anything in his mouth. That's why keeping small objects out of reach is so important.

Among the major choking hazards are coins, paper clips, buttons, beads, pen caps, little toys, and small, disc-shaped batteries. But the most common cause of choking is the one thing children are supposed to put in their mouths—food.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Create a Sunny Day Rule

Create a Sunny Day Rule

It's the Monday after the Fourth of July. I'm up early. Birds aresinging. The dawn sun is blazing. It's going to be a sunny, summer day.A summer day in the truest sense, because my three boys are home from school.No buses to catch, no daypacks filled with books. They can sleep untilthey wake up.

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Dealing with Postpartum Depression: One Woman's Story

PPD Experience

Dealing with Postpartum Depression: One Woman's Story

After my third child was born I developed what I thought was postpartum depression. I was in a stressful second marriage and noticed that all during this pregnancy (following so quickly on the heels of my second child's birth) I was more emotionally volatile, insecure, and weepy. I needed a lot of support that my husband did not know how to give me.

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Indoor or Outdoor Cat?

Indoor or Outdoor Cat?

Which is better for a cat, staying indoors or being let outside? It's an emotional, never-ending debate, and I'll admit to mixed feelings. There's no question that cats are much safer indoors. Their risk of exposure to infectious diseases, parasites, attacks from other animals, and abuse by people is greatly reduced, and few cats are killed by cars in the house. But I've also watched my cats enjoy sunning themselves on the patio or exploring the garden on a nice day.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

10 Signs Your Child is About to Have a Temper Tantrum

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Supporting your child through times of temper tantrum is a challenging part of parenthood. It’s a rite of passage that all parents go through, and the most important thing to remember is that your child is simply going through a developmental stage. No matter how frustrated you may feel in response to tantrums, you can be assured that they are a normal part of child development, and your little one is not trying to upset you on purpose. 

Divorce: The Most Difficult Decision You Will Ever Make

Divorce: The Most Difficult Decision You Will Ever Make

The decision to divorce is never easy, and as anyone who has been through it will tell you, this wrenching, painful experience can leave scars on adults as well as children for years. Before you and your spouse decide to call it quits, consider whether your marriage can be saved.

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Updated: April 20, 2020

Homeschooling Parents: This is What a Teacher Needs You to Know

A teacher's advice for parents about homeschooling

One day you find yourself making breakfast, getting dressed for work, packing lunches, and sending your child off to school. The next moment you find yourself working from home (if at all) and becoming your child’s teacher for an indefinite amount of time. Talk about a shock to the system! As a teacher, please know that you can do this! While this abrupt transition has rocked everyone’s world, here are some things that teachers want parents to know about online learning.

Updated: February 12, 2020

What Do Your Top 3 Emojis Say About You?

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What goes around comes around and that’s true for ancient hieroglyphics because let’s face it, emojis are the modern-day hieroglyph, right? They’re perfect to get a message across quickly plus they save you from those epic microphone speech-to-text fails, peppered with unintended words that may make you blush. Emojis are usually safe, cute, and can pack more meaning in their little images than words often can.

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First Aid for Bee and Wasp Stings

First Aid for Bee and Wasp Stings

When a bee or wasp stings you, the distinctions that make one insect a bee and one a wasp hardly matter. However, it's important for you to know one distinguishing factor: wasps are more aggressive than bees.

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How to Handle Sudden Birth

Although uncommon, labor and birth can occur unexpectedly fast, resulting in an unplanned home birth or a birth on the way to the hospital. Sudden birth is more likely to happen in second and subsequent labors or if you've had a previous sudden birth.

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Updated: January 23, 2022

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Measuring Your Baby: Fundal Height, Growth Charts and Ultrasound

Measuring Your Baby

Waiting to meet your baby often feels like an eternity. There are nearly ten months of waiting, guessing, analyzing about what your baby will look like and how big they will be. While modern 3-D ultrasounds can give us a peek at our little one, your doctor may perform other measurements and tests to estimate your baby’s size and make sure everything is progressing as it should.

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Recognizing Postpartum Depression

Causes of PPD

Recognizing Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is the term for any downswings in mood that women may suffer after giving birth. While a supportive partner and network of friends can help with normal depression, serious PPDs are hormonally induced and require a doctor's attention.

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Genealogy: Deciphering a Family Deed

Genealogy: Deciphering a Family Deed

Success at Last!

You are now looking at the deed. What to do? First, you need to read through the document. Until you become familiar with old handwriting and terminology, this will be a slow process. However, it is through such readings that experience develops. You are seeking certain bits of information from the deed:

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Updated: June 15, 2021

How to Tell Your Partner You're Pregnant

Telling Your Husband You're Pregnant

Finding out you're pregnant is one of the most exciting times of your life. You may have been surprised to hear the big news or perhaps you've been planning for quite some time. Whatever the case, getting the positive pregnancy test means you have to start thinking about fun ways to make your pregnancy announcement to your husband or partner.

More: Our Favorite Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Updated: May 24, 2022

A Parent's Guide to Managing Chronic Illness in College

Boy with chronic illness in college dorm scrolling on his phone

College is a time of change and worry for every parent and teen, but if your child has a chronic illness, medical issues, or disability you have a lot more to worry about. You’ve probably been on the front lines helping your child manage his or her condition, but this will be the first time they will be flying solo on all fronts, so it’s important that you know how to support them so they can care for themselves.