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Updated: February 12, 2020

Are Gluten-Free Diets Safe for Kids?

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My older daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease (No consuming wheat!) last year; and ever since then we’ve had to change around our whole lifestyle by eliminating gluten from her diet—and answer lots of questions about Celiac from curious friends, as well as strangers. 

Being “gluten free” is NOT a cool, trendy diet fad—it’s a lifestyle choice some parents make for their child’s health. But, is it okay for all kids? We asked and experts answered.

Updated: August 3, 2022

What's the Deal with Gender Reveal Parties?

Gender Reveal Party

Gender reveal parties have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. It goes like this: a doctor writes down their determination of the baby’s sex on a piece of paper without telling the expectant parents. The couple then takes that determination to a bakery with instructions to make pink or blue cake or cupcakes. Or, they enlist a friend to fill a box with pink or blue balloons.

Updated: February 12, 2020

How to Handle Reflux & Spit Up in Your Infant

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Most babies spit up, and some babies are diagnosed with acid reflux. I was a naive, mother-to-be who envisioned my son sleeping peacefully in his beautiful new crib -- a girl can dream, right? Fast forward a few months, and my son had two extremely sleep-deprived parents who were desperate to make him more comfortable. We knew that newborns didn't sleep for long periods of time, but we were concerned about how much pain our son seemed to have. He was diagnosed with reflux and a dairy intolerance when he was about 7 weeks old.

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Updated: December 18, 2019

How to Have a Minimalist Christmas with Kids

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Having a minimalist Christmas has become a goal for many parents, and for those parents who are not quite ready to go with a minimalist approach, there still seems to be interest in downsizing the overall gift-giving experience. There are many substantial reasons to attempt a more minimalist approach this Christmas. The benefits impact your children, the earth, and your wallet for the better.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Overload: How Much Is Too Much?

St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks

When you were a kid, St. Patrick's Day likely felt like nothing more than a small blip on the radar — a bit of fun drawing shamrocks and wearing green in between making President Lincoln hats and dying Easter eggs. If you were Irish, maybe you also ate corned beef and cabbage that night. Now, however, the day seems to have morphed into a holiday that requires hours of prepwork to come up with detailed recipes or intricate creative projects. Sound familiar? Here are a few signs that your family's St.

Updated: February 12, 2020

4 Discipline Strategies to Use With Highly Sensitive Kids

mom disciplining sensitive daughter

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet and everyone who has the privilege of being a parent is truly lucky; however, it is not always easy. Usually, the most rewarding jobs come with hard work. It is through this hard work that we grow as parents and individuals and every now and then we are rewarded with those moments that stop us in our tracks, grab ahold of our hearts, and reassure us that what we are doing is good.

Updated: December 29, 2021

Everything You Need to Know Before Piercing Your Baby's Ears

baby with pierced ears

As a mother of two young girls with pierced ears, I figured there’s no time like the present to outline what ear piercing entails when it comes to babies, toddlers, and older kids. Thinking about piercing your child’s ears? Here’s an A-Z guide on what to expect, what you should look for in a piercer, and why the decision to pierce a baby’s ears (or not) isn’t anyone’s business but your own.

by: Katy Abel

Slouch Potatoes: Kids, Computers, and Ergonomics

Slouch Potatoes: Kids, Computers, and Ergonomics

An Unusual Profession
Diane Tien has a different kind of job: She teaches kids how to sit properly at the computer. An instructional technology assistant at the Blackwell Elementary School in Redmond, Washington, she is one of only a handfulof school personnel whose job it is to teach children about ergonomics. At a time when schools spend millions on technology -- hardware, software, and teacher training - the risk and prevention of computer-related injuries remains virtually ignored.

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Updated: March 15, 2019

10 Baby Names Inspired By The Oscars

pregnant woman watching the Oscars

Every year, we watch films wondering which ones will have the distinction of becoming Oscar nominees and winners. We host watch parties and sit with tissues in our hands as we watch actors, directors and more make passionate speeches about how grateful they are to have received such an honor. These names are inspired by some of the most distinct Oscar winners in the history of the awards.

More: The Top Baby Name Trends You Can Expect To See in 2019

Updated: April 23, 2022

A Guide to Maternity Leave Laws by State: Know Your Rights

Woman in office learning about maternity leave

While the United States has come a long way in terms of maternity leave, the country is still behind compared to other nations in laws requiring time off and lack of nationally mandated paid leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act dictates the rules in place for taking a leave from and returning to work amid pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stages. Unlike many other nations, in the U.S., there is no requirement for paid time off following a birth, though twelve weeks of unpaid leave are required by law for the majority of workplaces.

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Updated: December 14, 2021

Can You Eat Thanksgiving Turkey While Pregnant? (And What Foods to Avoid!)

Turkey Dinner

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, you may be wondering what your plate will look like this year if you're among the millions of pregnant women who will be sitting down for their Thanksgiving meal. We all know that when you're pregnant, certain foods are off-limits because they pose a danger to you or your unborn baby. But, Thanksgiving Day is a time to chow down and you don't want to miss out, especially on the bird!