ABC, 123 Lessons on Life with a Toddler

Sometimes kids have to gain or lose weight to maintain good health. This is always a complicated issue for parents because one of the most consistent messages in parenting is: Don’t talk about diets or weight with kids! ...

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One of my young clients lost a family pet not long ago. The dog was very old and had a number of health problems, but that didn’t make the loss any easier. For an eight-year-old boy who only ever knew that dog as his faithful friend, the loss left a gaping hole in his heart. It also triggered worries about his own health and life and it left him ...

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Sharing photos and updates about kids permeates social media sites, and for good reason. Many families use social media to stay connected to friends and family from a distance. Beyond that, social media has worked its way into everyday communication, just like texting. ...

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Much like any other parent, I really struggle with coming up with activities to keep my kids busy during the winter months. We live in Maryland where snow removal is a bit of a joke, and I grew up in New England where school was rarely canceled due to snow. Here in Maryland, the districts cancel school even when there are just a few inches of ...

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When I brought my second son home from the hospital, he was just a day old. His older brother, 2 1/2, was safely ensconced in his grandparents' loving arms, who were considerately taking him in while I got back on my feet. Our first week home was languid and blissful. I enjoyed all the joys of a newborn, rested easy, and even managed to get some ...

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Winters can get real cold here in Colorado. If you also live in a place that has real winters and you’re not excited about the idea of staying indoors for the entire season, you need to gear up. But not just yourself, your little love needs bundling too. Here are my recommendations for the best toddler (and some baby!) winter gear. ...

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I will never forget the Christmas Eve when I didn’t trust my gut. I thought my daughter seemed a little more than tired. I’m the “keep their vacation sleep schedule the same” mom, so my kids tend to be well-rested even during the holiday rush. That night, as we left for a family party, she looked overtired. I wrestled with the dilemma we ...

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My son encountered a sticky situation on the playground today. A game of foursquare went awry. He thought the ball was in. In fact, he was sure of it. His peers disagreed. I didn’t see what happened, but I was watching the game and I saw that all of the kids playing were rotating in and out. In general, it seemed like all involved were ...

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As a child, I had a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I loved all the family gatherings, the gifts, and the excitement of it all, but I was an impatient child who didn't like surprises, so waiting for gift opening was hard for me. I was the kid who would snoop -- the one who would constantly ask if it was time to open yet -- and ...

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The holidays are here! For many families, that means it's time to hit the road (or take to the air) to visit family far and wide. It will be tons of fun when you arrive, but getting there with kids can be a challenge. We have some advice to make travel easier with kids and the best gear to help you keep your sanity while away from home. Jack ...

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