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Lower-Back Pain During Pregnancy

Dealing with Lower-Back Pain During Pregnancy

Lower-Back Pain During Pregnancy

Imagine trying to carry a very heavy backpack (say 20 pounds) on the front of your body. You would probably change your posture to balance the load. You would plant your feet further apart, tilt your hips forward, and arch your back with your belly pushed forward. Well, even though your baby isn't quite 20 pounds, you still might change your posture to carry the extra weight up front.

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Books for Ages 5-6

Books for Ages 5-6

Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, by Jennifer Plecas
When she loses a tooth, Agapanthus discovers that she can make an angel hoot by blowing through the hole in her smile.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

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Updated: March 2, 2021

5 Tips for Avoiding the Stores During the Holidays

woman cozying up and avoid stores during the holidays

If you dread the holidays because crowded stores and bright lights spike your pulse, there is a solution. Just stay out of the stores. This holiday season, keep your sanity and stay in your flannel pajamas. We have five tips that will help you make it to 2020 without ever stepping foot in a brick and mortar shop. 

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Leaving Your Cat at Home or in a Kennel While You're Away

Leaving Your Cat at Home or in a Kennel While You're Away

Although some cats travel well, most really don't enjoy globe-trotting. If you're going to be gone only a day or two and your cat free feeds and has no special care needs, you might be able to leave him alone with plenty of food, water, and litter. But if you'll be gone longer or if your cat needs medication or can't free feed, you'll need to make other arrangements. Whether you choose to board him or hire a pet-sitter to come in, make reservations as much ahead of time as possible.

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Mentoring Your Child's Business Plans

Mentoring Your Child's Business Plans

Let's say that your kid has what he thinks is a great idea for a business. Before he puts in time and money, clear some hurdles first.

Money ABCs

A variance is a change or alternation of a zoning rule granted specifically to the homeowner asking for it.

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Homeschooling Through Challenging Times

Homeschooling Through Challenging Times

Isabel Shaw

When difficulties arise, families sometimes give up on homeschooling, believing that children will be in the way, or will be unable to cope with a challenging situation. Family illness, a new baby, moving, job loss, divorce, and other family issues are reasons why parents may think about putting their children back in school.

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Misconceptions About Aging

Misconceptions About Aging

We all know that elderly folks are those who sit around in rocking chairs all day, either puffing on a pipe or keeping busy with some knitting. They go to bed early, are always cold, and keep a constant watch on their digestive systems by eating only bland, dependable foods such as oatmeal and well-cooked meats and vegetables. Wrong!

Go Figure

A nationwide poll showed that 25 percent of retired people said they stopped working too soon.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Things Your Teen Won’t Learn in Driver’s Ed

Teen Girl Learning to Drive with Mother

Remember driver's ed from those days of yore? The essentials you learned have likely carried over into your everyday adult life—executing a three-point turn, parallel parking, and knowing who has the right of way at a four-way stop. But, what about those behind-the-wheel scenarios they don’t teach you?

Getting to School Safely

Getting to School Safely

From fall to spring, millions of children are on the streets every day making their way to and from school. They walk, bike, ride the school bus, or are driven by parents. When hundreds converge on one building—or sometimes a complex of buildings—the traffic can be a nightmare and the risks to kids can be numerous.

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The Violent Child in Our Violent Society

The Violent Child in Our Violent Society

There's no simple way to reduce violent impulses in your child. Kids who are violent may have attention deficit disorder or impulse control problems, or they may have simply picked up violence as a way to handle conflict from the society at large.

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Updated: April 23, 2022

Coping With Anxiety During Pregnancy

pregnant woman holding belly

Yay, you are pregnant! Folding onesies, picking out the paint color for the nursery, and rubbing away on your swollen belly, blissfully dreaming of kissing your soon to be baby. What a joyous time… or is it? While some women may see a decrease in their anxiety during pregnancy, for others it will actually get worse. Pregnancy can be an anxiety-inducing nine months.

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Why Kids Steal (And What to Do About It)

Why Kids Steal -- and What to Do About It

Point 1: Kids steal. Little kids steal a lot—from poor impulse control. It's a developmental stage; they want it, they take it. Older kids often steal, too. Your child is probably not evil or destined for life in prison.

Point 2: Of course it's not acceptable. It's embarrassing, shocking, and angering.

In this section, we'll talk about petty, occasional small-scale stealing.

Kids steal for any number of reasons:

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Living Far From Family Sucks, Especially During The Holidays

Living far from family sucks, especially during the holidays

Living far from family is hard, especially during the holiday season. We may live in locations that are far from where we grew up for various reasons: job opportunities, lifestyle choices, proximity to our partner’s family, or financial reasons. For most of us, it’s a mixed bag of emotions to know that the families we grew up with are not physically close to the families that we have created.

Build Family Identity Through Family Time

Build Family Identity Through Family Time

In Spend Special Time with Your Child, you learned about the importance of special time—one-on-one sessions with each of your kids. It's also vital to spend time together as an entire family to cement your family identity.

Behave Yourself!

There's no two ways about it, watching TV together does not count as family time. Turn it off, stop focusing on the screen, and look at each other!

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Updated: March 15, 2019

How to Enjoy the Holidays Like a Kid Again

mom and daughter watching santa in sky

Special childhood holiday memories have a way of staying with us like no other. Whether it’s presents under the tree, lighting a family menorah, delicious holiday treats, or special winter pajamas, those memories are still visceral for us - even now in motherhood. It’s easy to remember the pure magic and uncontainable excitement of those childhood holidays, though those memories can seem more like a lingering dream with each passing year.