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Picky Eater or Timid Taster?

Picky Eater or Timid Taster?

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever tasted? Do you remember how you felt as you put it into your mouth? Hold onto that feeling. Chances are, that’s exactly how your reluctant taster feels each and every time you ask him or her to sample something new. The scariest thing I’ve ever tasted is a fried […]

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My Son, the Teenage Father

My Son, the Teenage Father

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

I did not know what to say when my teenage son, Rob, told me one winter afternoon that he was going to be a father. That didn’t stop me from mumbling something like, “I hope you’re happy. This is the kind of thing that happens when you think you know everything.” I was angry. Yes, […]

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Equal Parenting

Equal Parenting

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Father of two Billy Farrow can throw a tea party like nobody’s business. He gets plenty of tea-drinking practice as the main caretaker for his daughters, Gwen, 5, and Jane, 3, while his wife Tanya Farrow works as a second-grade teacher. In between his night and weekend shifts as a restaurant manager, he spends most […]

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Child Development Goal Through Soccer

Child Development Goal Through Soccer

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many of us know from experience that fitness is a habit. The earlier it’s established, the sooner the behavior is set, the more it simply exists in the context of how a person sees him- or herself. The critical development window of ages 0-5 is the best time to set healthy habits—so why not do […]

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Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Your homeschooled teenager studied hard for four years and now the time is drawing to a close. You would like to recognize him for his efforts, but you don’t belong to a group that hosts a graduation for its members. What do you do? We’ve graduated four of our six children from homeschool, and we’ve […]

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Honoring Father’s Day

Honoring Father’s Day

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

How can you ensure that your Father’s Day efforts hit the mark? First, think about how the father figure in your life demonstrates his love for others. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a marriage counselor and author of “The 5 Love Languages,” each of us has a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. It […]

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Should You Bank Your Baby’s Cord Blood?

Should You Bank Your Baby’s Cord Blood?

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Five days before her first birthday, Peyton Connelly had been crankier and sleepier than usual. When her mom, Shelly, went to retrieve Peyton from her crib after a lengthy nap, “Peyton stood up and fell over,” Shelly says. Alarmed, Shelly and her husband, Travis, 32, took their toddler to the local hospital. There, they were […]

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Kid to Kid Advice On Camp

Kid to Kid Advice On Camp

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

When we were kids, summer camp meant something different to us than it does to our children. For us, camp meant camp: cabins or tents, canoeing, hiking, singing songs around a campfire, and general camaraderie. Children today are much more active, more schedule driven, and generally just busier. Consequently, the very dynamics of summer camp […]

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Other Mothers’ Milk: Is Mom-to-Mom Sharing Safe?

Other Mothers’ Milk: Is Mom-to-Mom Sharing Safe?

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Kendall Chase of Shoreline, Washington, gave birth last June, she planned to breast-feed, but two weeks in, her son Parker was losing weight and her milk supply appeared to be faltering. When her pediatrician suggested supplementing with donor milk — breast milk from another lactating mother — as an alternative to formula, Kendall and […]

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Social Media & Moods

Social Media & Moods

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably seen headlines linking social media to depression, loneliness and other emotional problems. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a clinical report urging pediatricians to counsel families about something they called “Facebook depression.” Despite the headlines, much of the early research about how social media impacts mental health was contradictory. One study from […]

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