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by: Steven Auger

Top Tips to Deal with In-Laws During the Holidays

Top Tips to Deal with In-Laws During the Holidays

If preparing for the holidays seems like a never-ending to-do List, you're not alone. Finding those last minute gifts, decorating the tree, or researching Hanukkah dinner recipes can all present unique challenges on top of the typical stresses of daily home and work life. What you don't need is added anxiety that can result from clashes with your in-laws. If that's an area where you struggle, use this helpful guide for dealing with in-laws during the holidays.


Updated: February 12, 2020

The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping After Birth

baby after delayed cord clamping

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, and preparing for the actual labor and delivery can practically feel like a full-time job. There are so many choices to consider. Natural or medicated delivery? Midwife or doctor? Birthing center or hospital? The list goes on and on. One particular birthing decision that has become a fairly popular one in recent years concerns whether or not to delay cord clamping after birth.

More: The Role of the Umbilical Cord

Updated: May 15, 2019

Tips for a Successful After-Prom Party

Tips for a Successful After-Prom Party

The prom after-party has become synonymous with sex, drugs and drinking. It's no wonder parents and school administrators across the country have teamed up to offer their own post-prom alternatives.

Looking for ideas for your teen's prom after-party? We went to the source to help you plan.

Updated: February 12, 2022

10 St. Patrick's Day Crafts Your Preschooler Will Love

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Regardless of your nationality, everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's Day! These St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids are simple, fun activities that are sure to put a smile on your child's face. Gather the kids and make a few of these creative craft projects to pass out to family and friends on St. Patrick's Day.

Updated: December 29, 2021

Does My Child Need a COVID-19 Booster? (What to Know About COVID Boosters for Kids & Teens)

Child Getting Vaccinated

As much as we had hoped the COVID-19 pandemic would be a distant memory almost two years in, it is unfortunately still rearing its ugly head around the country and the world. With each new variant that surfaces, the CDC, school systems, communities, cities, and states grapple with how to handle new caseloads, symptoms, vaccine requirements, and booster shots.

by: Lindsay Hutton

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?

Since the 1990s, cell phones have been a daily accessory for most Americans. More than 82 percent of Americans, or 250 million people, now have a cell phone. That number is more than quadruple the number in 1997, when a mere 55 million Americans laid claim to owning one.

Updated: May 29, 2022

Common Core Math: How to Help When Your Child's Homework Gives You Anxiety

Common Core Math: How to Help When Your Child's Homework Gives You Anxiety

Number bonding? Skip counting? Does your child's Common Core math homework make your head spin? You're not alone.

Plenty of parents who grew up learning how to add and subtract with older teaching methods now look at their children's Common Core homework with a sense of panic, or at least mild bewilderment. Rest assured, you have not forgotten how to do first-grade math.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Teen at the Wheel

Teen at the Wheel

The Statistics are Alarming

It may be tempting for parents to allow their newly licensed teens to drive themselves to their friends' houses or pick up a few things at the grocery. After all, they are actually eager to do the chores parents have grumbled about for years. But before they sit back and leave the driving to their kids, parents need to be aware of some disturbing statistics regarding teen drivers.

Updated: March 20, 2022

When Should Kids Get a Cellphone? 6 Questions to Ask

Kids and Cellphones

It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a child with a cell phone. Even if they’re young, there’s a good chance that the phone belongs to them. If your child doesn’t have one, they’re probably asking you when they’re going to get their first smartphone. Studies show that more than half of children have their first smartphone by the time they’re 11 years old with that number jumping to 69% for 12-year-olds.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Natural(ish) Parenting: A Lesson in Flexibility

mother and baby hugging

Before getting pregnant and having my son, I had a lot of plans for the kind of parent I wanted to be. When I thought about what my parenting philosophy would be, it would have been heavily categorized under the “natural parenting” label. Leave it to my strong-willed and life-lesson-teaching son to show me a thing or two about being flexible with my plans.

Updated: April 20, 2022

New Challenges for Mothers Returning to Work Post-Pandemic

Going Back to Work

The labor force looks a lot different for everyone than it did pre-pandemic. As new strains of coronavirus have evolved, and day-to-day routines and lifestyles have changed over the past year, offices have started opening up. People, including working mothers, have been required to return to the office. Whether you are full-time or part-time, after two years at home, this change may be a welcome or stressful time. Some companies will be fully in person, while others are developing hybrid plans for some remote work.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Study Says Watching Sesame Street Could Have Positive Impact on a Child's Success

sesame place

My daughters are five and (almost) two, and they both love watching Sesame Street—and not just because of Elmo, everyone’s favorite furry monster! My mom swears I loved Sesame Street as a kid, too. It was whimsical, fun, and taught you numbers, letters, shapes, about other cultures, and friendship.

In fact, I am absolutely convinced this catchy Sesame Street video helped my older child understand the American alphabet—we would play it for her over and over and over again!

Updated: July 11, 2022

Dog Moms and Fur Babies: Why Millennials Compare Pets to Kids

Dog Moms and Fur Babies: Why Millennials Compare Pets to Kids

Social media is filled with headlines proclaiming that Millennials are ruining everything. They’re in no rush to get married, to go to college, or to buy homes. They refuse to spend money they don’t have on things they don’t need.

And now, young adults are delaying parenthood, or even deciding against it, in favor of pet ownership.

But stereotypes, finger pointing, and pearl clutching over dropping birth rates don’t help anything. And if you scratch below the surface of the clickbait, there’s some sound reasoning behind all of these trends.

by: Alvin Poussaint, M.D. and Susan Linn, Ed.D.

The Senior Prom and Drinking: How to Start a Conversation

Senior Prom Drinking

The Scene: Your 18-year-old daughter and her date are invited to a pre-prom party at a friend's and several post-prom parties. You want her to have a wonderful time, but you're worried about her drinking. When you raise the issue with her, she rolls her eyes. "Don't worry, mom," she says. "I can handle it."

Updated: July 20, 2021

8 Fun Food Activities for Kids

8 Fun Food Activities

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored.

Summertime can be a stressful time for parents and kids. We find ourselves with bored kids on our hands and are always on the lookout for fun hands-on activities to keep them engaged. No one wants to be doing tedious worksheets and flashcards, and even though summer is about being outdoors and playing, we occasionally need a break from physical activity and a chance to cool off inside.

Updated: February 26, 2020

5 Positive Phrases To Say To Your Anxious Child About School

child anxious about school

Do you have a little one who is anxious about going back to school? First day jitters are common and completely normal. Every parent wants to smooth things over and comfort their children, but choose your words wisely. 

More: 8 Calming Phrases To Say To Your Child Having a Meltdown

Here are five phrases you can say to your child to help them feel excited and less nervous about school.

Updated: September 18, 2019

Is It Okay to Take My Baby Trick or Treating?

young couple taking baby trick or treating

As with any holiday, your child’s first Halloween is almost like a rite of passage. What could be cuter than a tiny little baby in an adorable costume? It is the perfect picture opportunity and excuse to show your precious little one off to the neighbors. Of course you want to document this milestone and begin making memories, but is it ok to take your baby trick or treating?

More: 8 Things Your Newborn Will Do That Might Surprise You

by: Cynthia Thayer

5 Activities for Kids During the COVID Pandemic

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COVID-19 is here with us for a bit longer. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this winter season a fun one.

Parents are reporting their children’s screen time has increased by 60% with remote learning and the use of social media. It’s a challenge we’re all facing, and we may see a further increase this winter, so activities that don’t always involve more screen time can be a great option.

Updated: August 2, 2022

The Monkeypox Outbreak: How to Prevent Infection

Monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox is a rare disease that has been suddenly popping up across the globe. The surge in confirmed and suspected cases is quite concerning, and WHO have now declared the monkeypox outbreak as a global health emergency. What you may not realize is that in decades past, anyone who received a smallpox vaccine was also protected from this virus due to their close relation.

Updated: August 7, 2019

How to Choose a Baby Name Inspired by Your Family Tree

How to choose a baby name inspired by your family tree

Choosing a baby name is part of the legacy you pass down to your child. It’s an opportunity to keep a family name, quality, or history alive in a very unique way. Choosing a baby name inspired by your family tree is a wonderful option to consider to provide your child with a strong foundation and connection to the past. Fortunately, there are many creative ways to utilize your family tree for baby name inspiration.