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    "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world?" - Jean Piaget I'll admit I haven't yet entered toddler territory, but I do have a fast-growing boy nearing his first birthday. And with that has come an ever-moving, ever-exploring youngster. What joy to see the...
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    Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, and yet...sometimes, it feels everything but. Here are some great tips for beating the Booby Traps of Breastfeeding.   Guest post by Kristen Tea In the past 4 years since becoming a mother and an enthusiastic breastfeeding supporter, I...
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    It's impossible to avoid: Coronavirus exists and you need to protect yourself! And, if you find yourself pregnant during this global health crisis, you may, out of concern, turn to antimicrobial sanitizer. But research does NOT back that up, and actually suggests that pregnant women should...
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    Guest Parts By Zoe Claire, The Attached Family, reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International. Children are in our care for a limited amount of time, generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically yet gradually from year to year. I've always...
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    Mothers have constant guilt. It kind of just comes with the territory as a new mother. We are told, all the time, to make time for ourselves- To balance our self-care with caring for the baby. We are given tips, advice, and well-intended finger wags to take care of ourselves. As a brand new mom...
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    A new study reveals that babies can retain knowledge of the language spoken to them in their first few months of life. Published in the Royal Society Open Science, the study looked at a group of adults who had been adopted from Korea as babies. The adults were raised in Dutch homes where no...
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    Julie Bhosale, a nutritionist and mom of two, wants other new mothers to know that a baby bump doesn't disappear just because the baby is no longer inside it. (Photo: Julie Bhosale/Facebook) Thank you to Esther Crain and Yahoo Parenting for this post. There's a stubborn myth floating around...
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    Thank you to Brian Leaf for sharing this excerpt of his book, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi. Parenting precepts scare me. I'm Jewish and from New Jersey, so I'm prone to worry. My neurotic mind can turn any set of precepts into another explanation of why I have failed and my children will...
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    By Elizabeth Briggs We've all been there. We've all gotten the eye-roll, the muttered comment, the unsolicited advice that goes completely against everything we stand for, but when it comes to our child's pediatrician, we expect something more. We expect a higher standard. We expect that at...
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    Whether you're starting baby on solids at six months or ten, introducing foods for the first time can be both exciting and stressful. Finding selections that are safe and healthy is a top priority-but with hundreds of colorful baby food jars, boxes and bags lining the shelves at the supermarket...
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    My little guy was just weeks old when my parents made the cross-country trip to meet their first grandson. During their visit, I expressed to my dad various brand-new-mama insecurities that I was having. He simply cautioned me, "He's not going to be perfect." Perhaps I remember his response so...
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    Not all changes need to happen now. In motherhood and in life that simple phrase has become my saving grace. Not all changes need to happen now. Before my daughter slept at night, I'd list the things that she was working on. Like beads on a rosary, like counting stitches in a row, like...
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    By Tamara Parnay Thank you to Attachment Parenting International for sharing this helpful article. Check out their magazine, The Attached Family, for more great stories. Birthing is a hugely important subject for parents and parents-to-be. We have a great deal to learn from and share with...
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    I wore a bikini to the beach yesterday. At three months postpartum, my tummy is soft, squishy, and covered with stretch marks (despite an excellent diet and regular exercise, embarked upon because it makes me feel good). I am a woman who, according to our society, is Not Supposed to Wear a...
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    Photo by Doña Bumgarner. Last week I tagged a handful of cute haircut photos on Pinterest. Not for me, but for my 3-year-old daughter. My Bean's hair is gorgeous. It hangs almost to her waist, honey golden and heavy, with just a touch of wave. It has never been cut. Lately it has been starting...
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    Care Bears and snow cones. Smurfs and Super Mario Brothers. Barbie and laser tag. Crimped hair. Debbie Gibson. Otter Pops. Yes, I was a child of the eighties. For better or for worse, I grew up on fish sticks and tater tots, canned green beans and 29-cent McDonalds burgers. I read the Ramona...
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    This is Childhood contributing author, Nina Badzin One of the lowest points in my ability to keep a healthy perspective about parenting (and life) occurred in 2006 when I was pregnant with my second child. Instead of harnessing some wisdom about a child's true needs that I ought to have gleaned...
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    Our partnership with The Boppy Company - who we also worked together with last year to review their new Two-Sided Nursing Pillow - brought together seven Mavens with babies between who all had the opportunity to try out the new Boppy Baby Chair. We asked the Mavens all about the Boppy Baby...
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    There has been a hurricane of cyber-buzz this past week over a Huffington Post piece entitled, "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12." It went viral, natch. What I want to say about that piece is: a) it is a comprehensive collection of research that...
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    For anyone who becomes a mother within nine months of a major holiday season (and, taking into account all of the holidays within every faith and cultural tradition, that means almost everybody!) I have a radical idea for you: Simplify your idea of how the holidays will look this year. Better...
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