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  1. Family Life
    Spending time with family members over the holidays can be stressful for some parents that are choosing to raise their children differently from how they were raised or how their other family members are raising their children. Differences in parenting styles and societal changes can make...
  2. Family Life
    'Tis the season for thrusting terrified children onto the lap of a stranger disguised in a red suit and a bushy white beard. The obligatory photo with Santa is so much a part of our holiday culture that we hardly think twice, ignoring the cries of our infants and toddlers for the (albeit brief)...
  3. Baby
    The decision to be 'done' is a hard one. A personal one. One that often leaves people judging or questioning, no matter what you decide. We remember the thoughts of a mama who was real and vulnerable for us. --A Guest Post By A Mama Who Wished To Remain Anonymous-- I have five children, and...
  4. Family Life
    In a world that seems to divide more and more distinctly daily, we wonder what role 'overpraise' has in this phenomenon, and whether there really is even such a thing? We'd like to thank Joanne Blackerby for this guest post a bit back. We believe that there are truths today that are still worth...
  5. Family Life
    Parenting is not for the weary, but the rewards are limitless. When it comes to shaping and molding behaviors, it's important to remember there is no such thing as a quick fix! We dug into our archives to bring out this powerful reminder about punishment -- and how it's rarely a fix to...
  6. Baby
    Bedsharing. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has the right to parent the way they feel best for their baby. Here's one family found worked for them. I have a pack 'n play that's been used a handful of times and that's it. Before my first was born, I dutifully set it up right next to the...
  7. Baby
    "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...
  8. Family Life
    I don't know where I came up with it, but when I had my first child about 10 years ago I wanted to try not to use the word "no" with him. Maybe I thought that if I didn't tell him "no" then he wouldn't shout it at me. Maybe I had some misguided view about the evil nature of no that I had somehow...
  9. Baby
    You just had a baby. Holy crap! It's intense isn't it? You probably heard a bunch of amazing (and not so amazing, and probably unsolicited) advice from friends and family. But how much of it was the God's honest truth? Oh sure, you will be elated those first few days. You will feel the most...
  10. Baby
    Homeopathic options are perfect for postpartum mothers because they are generally safe to use and that's a plus when nursing. While you should check with your doctor about any complications from pregnancy and in your postpartum period to be sure there are not more complicated issues, many...
  11. Baby
    "You'll see," my friends and family warned, "they'll become 'just dogs' after baby comes. It happens to everyone." Not me, I thought. Not my dogs. Bean and Willy Wonka had been with me for ten years, travelled with me to a dozen countries, never leaving my side for anything. And I'm different...
  12. Family Life
    Have you ever been at a play date, or in a public play place when the inevitable happens? Two kids want the same toy. Both moms feel obligated to force their kid to share. After all, that's good parenting, right? I don't think so. I write bearing good news: you don't need to force your kid to...
  13. Family Life
    The latest viral worry is swirling as moms find the popular LOL dolls appear to have 'Hooker' attire when they're dipped under cold water. But is this really surprising, in an era where there's so much blatant false advertising to girls (and boys) when it comes to body image and body confidence...
  14. Toddler & Child
    "The point of not dying might be to feel these things, to have this human experience, including the infuriating part about being on a 'need to know' basis with the Universe." Without question, it's an uncertain time for many of us. For those of us with children, the unknowns extend far beyond...
  15. Family Life
    In the last few months, we've been isolated in ways that have stretched our patience, our souls and our sanities. We've been secluded and distanced, mitigated and isolated, and lonelier in many ways than we ever have been before. Still, looking at motherhood in general, loneliness seems to be a...
  16. Baby
    There are many different theories about what the hardest part of motherhood is. Sleepless nights, temper tantrums that won't quit and more sleepless nights sometimes make you wonder if they'll ever outgrow the 'hard'. The thing is, no one really tells you that the really hardest part of...
  17. Toddler Nutrition
    :smile:Introducing solids to your infants is an exciting milestone. When your baby is 6-8 months old, try incorporating some single-grain cereals into their diet. Between 6-8 months, begin adding purees made up of fruits like Apple, Banana, Mango, Watermelon and vegetables puree made up of...
  18. Baby
    Motherhood is one of those openly incredible-but-a-little-terrifying things that no one really understands until they hold their baby in their arms and find themselves in the weeds. All those "things" that people tell you will happen or "things" that people tell you you will be feeling, or all...
  19. Toddler Nutrition
    Good nutrition for the first 2 years is vital for healthy growth and development. Starting good nutrition practices early can help children develop healthy dietary patterns. Mealtime can be fun, rewarding, and sometimes messy time for you and your child. The healthy mealtime patterns you and...
  20. Toddler Nutrition
    Mango and banana are loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Iron, and lots of fiber. Banana, as well as mango both, are important for the proper functioning of your body. Mango and banana puree is considered as an immune booster. For the first 6 months, babies should be given only mother’s...
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