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  1. Family Life
    Are we responsible for our children's body image? Science would indicate that we were, and that means we have a tremendous responsibility to help our children have healthy body images and ideals. Findings from Cornell University suggest that when parents comment on a girls' weight it can have...
  2. Baby
    The immediate days and weeks after a baby is born are full of adjustments. It is such a short time frame, though, that it's easy to forget some parts of the experience. In fact, research has found that as time goes on, mothers do start to forget the intense struggle of child birth and...
  3. Baby
    Marianne Williamson said it best when she stated, "There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children." This is not a small undertaking. Many of us who practice Attachment Parenting and gentle discipline do so...
  4. Family Life
    Generalized anxiety isn't often talked about, and we often even trivialize anxiety by laughing at our 'quirks'. But anxiety isn't quirky; it's life for many moms. Battling high-functioning anxiety day-to-day as a mom can seem like a never-ending-cycle. Many people don't even know they have...
  5. Baby
    Every developed country in the world offers its families some form of paid parental leave. All but the United States, that is. And though President Trump signed legislation into law late last year, for federal employees to have paid parental leave, the United States is still one of just two...
  6. Baby
    Baby names can have so many different meanings- either based in language, culture, or just personal meaning for the family. Naming your baby is a deeply responsible process. Research has found that a person's name often shapes people's perception of them, especially when put in front of a group...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    Should you or shouldn't you? Rather, can you or can you not is more like it when it comes to eating during labor. For generations, women were not 'allowed' to eat during labor, but does that still hold? Should it? One mama reflects on eating during labor and the current belief that it may even...
  8. Baby
    According to UNICEF data, most women around the world breastfeed children past the 12-month mark. In fact, it's considered the norm. As an expectant or new mom we very likely heard that "breast is best." And here is what many of us imagined next: a sweet, precious newborn positioned lovingly...
  9. Baby
    A few years ago, when my now 7-year-old was a toddler, I was interviewed for a local magazine about Attachment Parenting [AP]. I described the basic principles of AP, explained how it helped me when I was a single parent, and discussed the science behind Attachment Theory. I thought I had...
  10. Family Life
    There are times during motherhood when you can't see the light at the end of the dirty diaper tunnel. Before you turn to the (wine) bottle, keep these 50 awesome motherhood facts in mind. Motherhood gets a bad rap. Sometimes, it seems the 'cool' moms are the ones who talk about all the coffee...
  11. Baby
    Responsible for the discontent, disillusionment and disconnect plaguing moms of every demographic, these myths can make motherhood miserable. I was seventeen when my eldest daughter was born. This fact, along with the fact that I am now thirty-eight, combined with the fact that my youngest...
  12. Pregnancy & Birth
    It seems like nine months should be long enough to prepare for birth, but it's not. In fact, even though there are days you think your pregnancy may never end, the time comes where you can't even believe you got there that quickly. And don't be surprised if you think you have it all planned out...
  13. Baby
    Motherhood is undeniably hard work. For those living in a wheelchair, the challenges are even greater. One company is doing its part to help parents with disabilities. Parenting is hard enough, but for those with disabilities, parenting can be downright difficult. The parenting tasks that many...
  14. Baby
    Attachment parenting can benefit any family, but it is absolutely vital for the adopted child. When a child is separated from his or her birth mother, it creates a deep emotional wound that can last through a lifetime and cause the inability to have a fulfilling relationship with another...
  15. Family Life
    New information from an old study is coming out, and it's exactly what the sugar industry doesn't want you to know about. We share information from new studies all the time, so it's unusual when an old study sheds 'new' light on things. Yet, that's exactly what is happening now with a study...
  16. Pregnancy & Birth
    I teach childbirth classes and when I first started, about 8 years ago, there was always a hilarious conversation regarding birth plans and "shaving." The curriculum I taught at the time contained some things that were a tiny bit outdated. We always had a fun conversation about enemas and...
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    A recent study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found that many child care providers use controlled feeding practices -- even though there is strong evidence associating this with negative child outcomes. Research suggests that when kids experience...
  18. Family Life
    While I'm all for my little one dressing up as a Tyrannosaurus Rex this Halloween, I am less than pumped about filling his belly full of the "scary" ingredients often found in candy. While I certainly do not forbid an occasional treat -- I can't quite bring myself to let my son collect bags...
  19. Other
    When would you say you first bonded with your children? Upon initial thought, my answer was when I first snuggled my newborn son. Perhaps though, it was when I really "knew." That moment when I let go of the necessity to take yet another pregnancy test, but did so anyway. You know, for the...
  20. Baby
    A recent new study, aiming to quantify the excess cases of pediatric and maternal disease, death, and costs attributable to suboptimal breastfeeding rates in the United States concluded that breastfeeding has a larger impact on women's health than previously appreciated. According to the study...
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