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Kids and Sleep: Just Like Mom and Dad

Kids learn from watching what their parents do. This isn’t rocket science, but researchers have found that the adage applies to sleeping, too. According to a new study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the longer a parent sleeps, the longer their children will, too. Also, children slept longer when parents were more confident [...]

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Sunburn Hurts — Inside and Out

My children are milk white just like their mother. The kind of milk white that burns and never tans — ever. It’s sort of sad, really, especially since I am half Italian on my mother’s side. She is not milk white. She gets so dark in the summer that, way back when, someone asked her [...]

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Setting Up Playdates

I’m at a crossroads right now when it comes to playdates, especially with my older one. I don’t feel like I should be involved anymore, especially since 12-year-olds don’t call their social interactions “playdates” anymore. They say they are “hanging out” or “getting together.” And yet my oldest wants me to help her out. She [...]

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A few weeks ago Little Girl started complaining that her belly hurt. Always at night. She’s not a complainer so I took her seriously, especially after the night she cried for two hours. That Monday I called the pediatrician. When we talked to her she said she wanted us to start keeping a food diary [...]

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A few weeks ago a letter came home from school. Our school, like most others, uses pesticides on its lawns. Yes, the same lawns that kids run on at recess and gym. I wasn’t surprised, although I do think it’s really stupid. Who cares if there are dandelions and crabgrass where kids play? Not me, [...]

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Errands Aren’t Quality Time

In our rush, rush, rush household I grab alone time with the kids when I can. Sometimes, that means I pick one kid to take to the store with me. I assumed that having 30 minutes alone in the car to chat was quality time. I was wrong, I guess. Big Girl is still talking [...]

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Sandy has created a lot of headaches. There are so many people living in trailers or RVs down by me. There are so many people living with family members. These people and even people like me who are less effected are also dealing with depression, fear, anger, and pain among other things. I wonder if [...]

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Earlier this month I was invited to an event in New York City. I wish I could have attended. Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders was coming out to launch a new safety campaign, Helmets on Heads, part of a 10 year pledge to educate one million children about helmet and bike safety. (FYI: Helmets on [...]

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Do you use detergent pods? If so, you may want to wash them out of your laundry process. Kids have been mistaking them for candy, causing many to ingest them or play with them with serious results, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not familiar [...]

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Let me start out by saying I can’t consume caffeine. It gives me heart palpitations and makes me feel jittery. However, I understand that there are scores of people out there who depend on a caffeine fix to get them going in the morning and keep them up late at night. I get it. I [...]

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