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Managing Your Maternity Leave

Learn about Maternity Leave Laws

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Managing Your Maternity Leave

A United Nations survey found that out of 152 countries, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Lesotho, Switzerland, and Papua New Guinea were the only ones one that did not have a national policy requiring paid maternity leave. The majority of countries surveyed provide benefits through social welfare systems, some require the employer to pay, and still others combine both financing sources.

Pregnancy: First Things First; Get Thee to a Doctor

Find the Right Health Care Provider for Your Pregnancy

Choosing a doctor is probably one of the most critical factors of your pregnancy, but for many women, it's not an area that they want to address. It just feels too hard trying to figure out where to find a doctor and which one matches you. If you already have an OB/GYN, you're the lucky one. If not, just how do you choose the doctor who is right for you?

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What's a Pedigree?

What's a Pedigree?

If you're interested in purchasing a purebred puppy, the breeder should provide the puppy's pedigree before you make a commitment. I've heard of buyers being told that they can have the pedigree when they buy the pup. That's completely backwards! The pedigree is one of the things a serious breeder uses to plan a litter. An educated buyer looks at the pedigree when deciding whether to buy a puppy, and a responsible breeder will be proud to show you the pedigree and explain it to you.

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Updated: April 18, 2022

5 Alternatives to a Traditional Baby Shower

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What is Readoption?

What is Readoption?

In the case of intercountry adoptions, some countries issue a final adoption decree to the adoptive parents while they are in the country. But the parents may seek a readoption, an additional adoption in their home state beyond the one that occurred in the child's country. A readoption allows them to obtain an adoption decree and birth certificate from their state. Your adoption agency can provide information on readopting.

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by: Erin Dower

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Is a Charter School Right for Your Child?

Charter schools are on the rise

Is a Charter School Right for Your Child?

As of 2010, more than 5,000 charter schools have popped up in communities across the U.S. They are becoming a popular option for parents seeking an alternative to traditional public schools without the price tag of a private education.

While charter schools are on the rise, there are not enough to keep up with parent demand. In 2010, the number of charter schools in the U.S.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment for ASD

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment for ASD

This has proven to be the most effective way to teach young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specific skills are taught by breaking them into small steps, teaching each step one at a time, building on the previous one. Different methods are used to help the child learn, such as prompting (helping the child by guiding him through the desired response), shaping, and rewarding (for correct responses).

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Dealing with Being Pregnant While Working

Being Pregnant at Work

Pregnancy; maternity leave

Dealing with Being Pregnant While Working

The difficulty of being pregnant while holding down a fulltime job is that your life as a working person trudges on, but your body (and mind) may have a hard time keeping up. For example, in the first trimester, you may have to deal with morning sickness. It's not really politic to go rushing out of a meeting or an important phone call to up-chuck.

Updated: April 20, 2022

Best Experience Gift Ideas Perfect For Sweet 16s

teen girls on adventure experience gift

Sweet 16 is a milestone to celebrate and a time to make memories. Finding the perfect sweet 16 birthday gift is important, and there’s no better way to do it than by giving the gift of experience. Memories of a special time can last a lifetime, and there are so many that you can gift your birthday girl with that will be poignant experiences. Here are the top ten best sweet 16 experience gifts.

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The Effect of Immigration on Surnames

The Effect of Immigration on Surnames

Immigrants changed their names by accident or by design. Other languages had letter combinations not found in English, or letters pronounced as other letters in the English language. F sounded like V, so Freer was written Veer. W sounded like V, so Werner was listed as Verner. A guttural pronunciation made G sound like K. Letters were slurred, an H dropped. Sch sounded like Sh, so the c disappeared.

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How to Find and Use Genealogical Documents

The Paper Chase

How to Find and Use Genealogical Documents

Brought to you in association with The Ellis Island Foundation.

You might have always wondered about your grandparents — what were their names? Had they ever come to America? You can ask your family these questions, but they might not know the answers. We will explain how to use public documents to gather more information about your ancestors.

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Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?

Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?

Child development experts say few kids younger than 8 can reliably distinguish between real guns and toy guns. And they can't fully understand the consequence of their actions. Little wonder, then, that the natural inclination of a child who encounters a real gun that's loaded is to imitate what he has seen on television.

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Activities That Foster Your Child's Willingness to Learn

Activities That Foster Your Child's Willingness to Learn

You as the parent engage in many of the activities that foster willingness to learn. Continue to encourage and support your child with her schoolwork. Point out and enjoy life experiences with your child. Most of all: Read! Modeling this good habit will not only benefit your child, but you will enjoy it.

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Your Dog's Health Screening Documentation

Inherited defects: hip dysplasia

Your Dog's Health Screening Documentation

Not so long ago, the only way for a breeder to know what genes—good and bad—her dogs carried was to breed the dogs and watch the offspring. Now science has expanded the tools available to the responsible dog breeder. As more knowledge is gained, breeders will have better and better tools at their disposal to eliminate or control many serious inherited disorders from their dogs.

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Crib and Bed Safety

Crib and Bed Safety

Hand-me-down clothes may be okay but second-hand cribs often aren't. More infants die every year in crib mishaps than with any other nursery product. Cribs made before the federal government issued mandatory safety standards in 1973 will likely be unsafe. Additional voluntary standards were adopted by manufacturers in 1992, so it's best to use one made after that time.