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Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, life changes. As the United Cerebral Palsy organization articulates so well, “when an infant or young child is diagnosed with a disability, the family’s lives are changed forever. Confronting and living with the challenges brought about by disability requires families to draw upon the strengths within themselves that they often did not think existed. Parents and families have to adjust to a life different than they imagined.” This sentiment is ...

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everydayfamily recipes

EverydayFamily has a delicious little secret.

It actually might not be a secret to you, but it was to several friends and family members that I talked to, which made me wonder how many others aren't privy to this expansive recipe collection. So today, I am going to show you where to find it in two easy steps. Ready to follow along?

Step one: Hover over the Lifestyle tab.

Step two: You'll see a dropdown with many awesome sections, but stay with me—just click Recipes for ...

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There's a reason why nurses are in such high demand these days: there simply aren't enough of them. Which is precisely why my husband and I knew we could never leave our newborn son in the NICU alone; one of us always needed to be there with him. 

That's not to say they don't take care of him when something is wrong. If his vitals are dropping, they are immediately alerted and will rush to his side, but what if he's just fussy or scared or lonely and his crying isn't enough to set off ...

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The Dish on Germs

I'm a mom of three boys, so the never ending battle to keep my house clean is no joke. The bathrooms are forever needing a good wipe down, my kitchen floors are swept at least twice a day, and the windows typically have little handprints all over them. Like most moms I know I try my hardest to keep my house tidy and free from germs, but there are many days when I just can't keep up. On these days I am okay with letting the germs win. My boys attend daycare so their immune systems are pretty ...

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pregnant job hunting

When I was about seven-months pregnant with my third child, I got called for an interview for a job that I had applied for before I was even pregnant. 

Over the phone, the manager sounded very enthusiastic about meeting me, explained that I would be undergoing a "panel-style" interview, which basically meant that one manager from every department of the hospital area that I would be working for would be interviewing me (not nerve wracking at all), but not to worry too much because my ...

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Xander cleaning

As soon as my children are old enough to follow simple directions, I teach them about chores. This usually happens sometime in the second year of their life. At that point, I start a chore rock-jar system, where they are assigned one chore for each age. My 3-year-old is responsible for three weekly chores, and my 5-year-old five chores. When they complete a chore, they are awarded a rock that they place in their rock jar. When their jar is complete, they choose a reward, which could be a ...

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The summer season means kids are off from school, the humidity has us all going crazy, and the wedding season is in full swing. If you're not attending a few weddings this summer, chances are you've gotten wind of a few that will take place next summer.

Gone are the days where it always holds true that marriage comes first and then the baby carriage, and with that change many wedding gown designers are making their gorgeous dresses wearable by the pregnant crowd. You don't have to ...

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Is it time for all working, pregnant women to rejoice? Or shall we pick up our pitchforks and begin marching in protest against the latest label given? What will our signs say?

 “LET US BE DISABLED!” or “WE ARE NOT DISABLED!”

“This is an enduring problem in America’s workplaces – we’re not where we need to be with regard to fair, equal treatment of pregnant workers. We’re just not.” - Chai Feldblum

Here is what’s going on. In an effort to bring ...

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We don't let anyone but family babysit our children—it's just our own personal preference. And as a military family, that's hard, because sometimes we are REALLY far away from our relatives.

So, when we realized our newborn son, Jackson, was going to be at the hospital for an extended stay, it was a no-brainer that we would be with him at all times. We knew the nurses wouldn't be able to drop everything and come running to soothe him at the slightest whimper, but we ...

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When kids confront feelings of anger and frustration, which is all in a day's work when it comes to the under-five crowd, they handle those feelings in a variety of ways. Some yell. Some go boneless and scream on the floor, no matter where in the world they are. Some collapse into a sobbing heap and struggle to get the words out. And some hit. Some hit siblings or other kids, and some hit their parents.

My kids are of the sobbing heap variety when it comes to coping with overwhelming ...

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