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Wyatt Schmaltz is a charming three-year-old boy. Like many other boys, he likes to pretend he’s a policeman and enjoys placing his brothers in “jail.”  

There's a new sheriff in town …

Except, instead of running rampant through hallways and backyards as children often do, Wyatt is in a hospital bed at Indiana University Health’s Riley Hospital for Children.

According to this article, “Wyatt was diagnosed in April with the aggressive cancer, which has spread ...

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stronggirls

I was well on my way to young adulthood before I felt anything even remotely close to self-confidence.

Old friends will read that line and think, "No way, not her, she was always full of confidence. She always knew what she wanted, and she didn't let anything stand in her way." They saw the outer layer – the version of me that I chose to share with the world. Only the ones who truly knew me well will nod their heads in agreement. They are the ones who saw the inner layers at times. ...

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finances, calculator, and glasses

Who is responsible for the financial strategy in your home – and do you have one? Despite the increase in dual income households, many women still are not involved in their finances. When the unexpected happens, whether illness, divorce, or loss of a job, trying to track down necessary information can be overwhelming.

Starting a family is the perfect reason to reassess your goals and monetary health. Here are some tips to make sure you don't get caught off-guard.

Sit down and ...

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A few days ago, my two-year-old son walked up to me and pointed to his diaper. 

"Poop, Mama, poop," he said urgently. 

I sighed. "You have to go to potty?" I asked hesitantly, knowing this familiar dance well--namely, that I would race him to the bathroom and he would happily kick his feet on the toilet for a minute without result, then be on his merry way. 

But this time was different. 

This time, much to my astonishment and his delight at the crowd of sisters, ...

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My husband and I are having a heck of a time naming baby #4 over here. 

Although we've been through this a few times already, you would think we were completely helpless creatures in the baby naming department, so vast is our cluelessness. 

A baby? What's that? You mean we're having one? And we have to name it?

OK, so it's not really that bad, but with endless Internet searches on my part, some valiant list-making efforts on his part, and ever-helpful suggestions from our ...

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friendship

When I was pregnant with my first child six years ago, I had no idea how much my entire world would change. I knew that life would be much different, but never did I expect that my friendships would change, too. As a childless professional, I often met my colleagues for brunch or went out for happy hour after work. I also attended a weekly knitting group in downtown D.C. I loved these weekly rituals and friendships I built over yarn and sandwiches.  

Now, as a mom of three, I am ...

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mother stealing kisses

So, how about this for the craziest story of the week? 

Michelle Hui, a gal from the UK, had just barely hit the six-week mark of her pregnancy of her third child when she had a miscarriage. It was like any other day—she was just headed to work—when she said that she started gushing blood.

"I [called] my husband and told him I was losing the baby," Hui said. "He couldn't come and get me because he had the other two kids, so I had to walk home.”

As you could imagine, ...

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I had so many cravings during my pregnancies and they ran the spectrum of nutrition - from bad-for-you onion rings to roasted broccoli, I wanted it all. There are not many other times in life where your body commands you eat something as strongly as it does when you're pregnant and there are times where your head and body will conflict.

While there's nothing wrong with indulging here and there when it comes to your pregnancy cravings, you probably don't want to have your meals consist ...

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sneaky veggies

My kids used to love most anything I fed them--even veggies. Especially veggies. But lately, I've noticed a change. An annoying one. When my kids' friends say "What is that?" and I say "Cauliflower ... or an artichoke  ... or a bell pepper ... or blueberries  ... or blackberries ... or a cucumber ..." and then they respond with something like, "Eeww, I don't like that ..." Then suddenly something that my kids have been eating since they were toddlers becomes completely foreign, and they ...

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train crafts and learning activities

As a boy mom of three under the age of five, there are days when my life revolves around trains. Even my husband is obsessed with trains. In fact, when you ask him what his dream house would have, he would tell you an entire room for his model trains. During the holidays, he looks forward to putting up his model train that goes around the Christmas tree, and the boys do, too. Our household train obsession is so deep that my youngest son's first word was "choo choo."

This summer, I have ...

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