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Kids experience stress for various reasons. My kids are generally mellow little beings, but when their dad is on the road for long periods of time, the stress creeps in. Sometimes they have trouble falling asleep; sometimes they have trouble staying asleep; other times they seem to cry for no reason. And that's not the only source of stress that ...

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You might think giving birth is something that women have been doing since the dawn of time. And you would be right about that, of course. Not much has changed about the fact that a woman gets pregnant and has a baby. But what has changed is the way that women have given birth. ...

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Today we're bringing you a recipe for Baked Potato Soup that will warm you up on these cold, blustery winter days. Homemade soup is one of the easiest meals you can make, and it just got more convenient by using a slow cooker! In the morning, peel a few potatoes, chop them up with onion and garlic, add some broth, and program your crockpot to have ...

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The other day I was speaking with a group of kids about the apps they use and how they use them. Twitter came up as a favorite and this group (of really great kids) gave me the 411 on how they love to use it. I learned so much! It’s so important to keep up with not just what apps our kids are using, but how they use them—this tends to be ...

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Small acts of kindness have the power to make a big difference in the lives of others. This winter, when things are cold and glum outside, challenge yourself to brighten someone else’s day by completing a small, simple act of kindness. Bring your little one in on the fun by telling them what you’re doing and letting them help create small acts ...

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have 13 well-checks from birth to age three, then annual checkups thereafter. Some parents enjoy the reassurance that their children are progressing as expected. Other parents balk at having to attend these seemingly unnecessary visits. While there are many reasons to go to well-check ...

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When I was admitted to the hospital, in labor with my first child, I didn't know what to expect. I had been to the childbirth classes, and I had read up on the natural processes of labor, complications that could arise from it, and my pain relief options. I had it set on early on that I would request an epidural to aid with the pain. (I was ...

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It's probably one of every mother's worst nightmares -- that something could happen to her baby while she is in the hospital. While most hospitals have very strict rules about taking newborns from their parents and protocol to follow to always match bands (with numbers or more technical tags that actually scan) and last names that have to be ...

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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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Although I have to admit I feel a little conflicted about the exes of both Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher (like they were so different -- a much older woman and the guy from Home Alone?! What the what?), I love Kunis and Kutcher together. Hey! I just realized that they have the same initial for last names. It's like they were meant to be. And I ...

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