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So, being a male and being part of a relatively Scouting-heavy family, I have been on many a camping trip—camping trips that had tents, food, fires, sleeping bags, and water. Oh yeah, and they usually only lasted about  18 hours total.

Little Larina Chikitova, who is just 3 years old, found herself out in what was described as "bear- and wolf-infested woods of the frigid Sakha region," which region just so happens to be the coldest region in Siberia, which just so happens to be ...

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10 ways to write name

My firstborn son begins kindergarten in just two weeks. This summer has gone by much too quickly! I have been working with him on writing his name and identifying his letters throughout the summer. In the beginning of July, he started complaining about writing his name, so I decided to mix things up. We abandoned the paper and pencil and went the fun route. Since he is much more of a hands-on learner, this worked so much better!  Here are 10 fun ways to help your child learn how to spell ...

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Human breastmilk is liquid gold, but there are so many moms who have a hard time producing enough milk to support their babies. In a time of need, many moms turn to milk banks. Heather, mom of two and blogger at Cookies for Breakfast, has been donating breastmilk since her daughter, Julia, was born six months ago. I had a chance to ask her a few questions about her experience.    

Why did you start donating to the milk bank?

"I decided to donate breastmilk because I'm a ...

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Due to some complications during this pregnancy with my baby's size and a large amount of amniotic fluid (a condition called polyhydramnios), my daughter was staying stubbornly in her favorite position:


While I tried desperately to turn my baby into the head-down position, my doctor did her best to prepare me for what may be the inevitable birthing option for me:

My first-ever c-section. 

I have to be honest with you: I've worked almost four years in labor ...

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infant nutrition

Aren’t babies wonderful? We are awed over their perfect newness – their perfect little fingers, perfect little toes, perfect little face, and we melt over perfect little baby yawns; but their little digestive system is one new thing that seems quite imperfect, leaving us to constantly wonder over questions about newborn nutrition, feeding, and digestion.

The Kid’s Doctor, Dr. Susan J. Hubbard, is an award winning pediatrician who contributes her infant nutrition expertise to ...

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I loved being pregnant -- aches, pains, scares, and all! I had never felt more beautiful than when my body was growing a little version of my husband and me. It wasn't easy at first, to embrace my changing body, but the more I stared at that beautiful bump - the more confident I felt.

Unfortunately, well-meaning, but misguided strangers sometimes undermined that confidence. Walking around while gestating seems to act like a billboard asking every random person to comment on your shape, ...

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Why I Breastfed Two Children for Over 3 Years

"You're still breastfeeding?"

"I don't know how you do it!"

"Don't you think he's a little too old to be nursing?"

"Don't you want some freedom?"

These are some of the things that have been said to me by well-meaning friends and family when they found out I was breastfeeding my oldest until he was 18 months and my second for 22 months. I ...

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Did Walmart make a nonsensical move when it recently allowed an employee to withhold baby photos from a mother in central Newfoundland, declaring the photos “inappropriate”?

When it comes to capturing those treasured moments, are there definite rules that all parents must follow?

Walmart’s decision has sparked some serious hullabaloo across the nation, and parents are arguing over their photo-taking rights.  

According to this article, “Robin Walsh, a mother of two ...

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best gift ideas for boys

Surrounded by girl kids and not sure what to get your friend's soon-to-be 12-year-old for his birthday? Or maybe you're a baby-less lady who has a new nephew turning one, or eight, or holy-how-old-is-that-kid-and-why-is-he-so-hard-to-shop-for?!

Don't worry, Girl. I got you.

1. Cool Shirts. Face it. Baby kids don't especially care what they wear, but if you have a hip parent you want to give a kid gift to, there are a couple of kid shops I recommend. They're hardcore enough for ...

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If you guys could have seen my first hospital bag, you would have laughed. Hard. I packed an adorable nightgown to wear while I was lounging in bed after giving birth, as well as a fuzzy robe and soft slippers. I had my trusty nursing bra, no makeup (because I was a natural, beautiful mama who didn't need to cover up with makeup for those first pictures in the hospital!), and a cute outfit to wear home. For my unborn son, I brought about five different outfits, including one official "going ...

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