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Think twice about where you get your baby advice

A study released by Pediatrics found that many mothers report receiving inaccurate and conflicting advice.

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Erin Stewart: Bringing daddy style to parenting

The special traits a father brings to his children are irreplaceable. Read more »

June 21, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 3 ways to be a less annoying parent

I don’t plan on giving up being annoying altogether, but I have learned that I can be a much more pleasant parent if I simply tweak the delivery of my expectations. Read more »

June 18, 2015

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Maryland decides free-range parenting is not neglect

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Maryland officials are beginning to make the lines on free-range parenting more clear and have decided that children who play outside are not neglected, unless they are harmed or face a substantial... Read more »

June 17, 2015

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: 4 more essential tools for rearing boys in a troubled world

As boys continue to be marginalized by modern society, parents need to take responsibility for rearing their boys into men. Here's how. Read more »

June 16, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Kids graduating? 'The best is yet to be'

I (Linda) clearly remember feeling my heart beat a little faster as I proudly watched our first little daughter graduate from her preschool class many years ago when we lived in McLean, Virginia. Read more »

June 16, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Grateful for all types of moms

Not everyone can be a crafting superstar, but that’s OK. You never know how other mothers may be counting on the unique gifts you take for granted. We’re all different so we can help... Read more »

June 16, 2015

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A letter to my boys: The real reason I say no to electronics

This world needs more selflessness. This world needs more connection. This world needs more love. We can’t learn these behind a screen. Read more »

June 16, 2015

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How extended child care hours can hurt struggling parents

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What will happen if child care hours are extended? Most parents will work later. Read more »

June 15, 2015

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The summer threat to young people's health many parents forget

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Although diligent with sunscreen, parents can forget to talk to their children about the risks associated with tanning salons, health experts say. Read more »

June 13, 2015

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Two-parent families more prominent in northern than southern U.S.

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There is a distinct line between northern and southern states in the U.S., and this time, it's about family structure. Research has found that the North is more likely to host children who grow up... Read more »

June 12, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: How to make summer learning fun

Although children may have left traditional reading, writing and arithmetic at the school door, there are plenty of ways to have fun and engage their brains during the summer. Read more »

June 12, 2015

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Brooke Romney: The blessings of being raised by a low-maintenance mother

I have varicose veins that scare children, love handles I can't help but pinch, stretch marks like cat scratches and plenty of wrinkles already, but it's all OK because my mom taught me something... Read more »

June 11, 2015

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Military families fight to stay connected, even on Father's Day

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Military dads and their families may not always be physically together at a time like Father's Day, but staying connected is just as important to them, no matter the time of year. Read more »

June 10, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: The 7 decisions baby boomers can and should make

As baby boomers, because of our longer life spans, we have more opportunity than any previous generation to make these seven personal, destiny-determining decisions. Read more »

June 9, 2015

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Time lends age-old perspective on childhood memories

One short moment changed my perspective on my most famous childhood memory. Read more »

June 9, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Beyond granite: What kind of home are you building?

I got lost in the details of building a new house until I refocused on what kind of home I want for my family. Read more »

June 9, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: The only real solution to parenting problems

In this world of life-changing apps, must-read parenting books, top 10 lists and promises that this is the answer to all your parenting woes, I vote to take a step back and return to where this... Read more »

June 9, 2015

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San Francisco considers health warning on soda advertising

San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop. Read more »

June 9, 2015

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North Carolina garden takes inspiration from quilts

It's not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern? Read more »

June 9, 2015

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No such thing as multitasking: Mother dissolves photography business to spend more time with children

I've lost count of the hundreds of hours I've spent staring at my computer screen. I'm saddened when I think of the number of times I've shooed away tiny hands from my keyboard that were only... Read more »

June 7, 2015

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The benefits of learning new words

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June 7, 2015

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Want to know when you’re going to get pregnant? Check your genes

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A new study says that genes could potentially tell us why people have babies at certain times of their lives, which may be reason for pregnant women to get genetic testing. Read more »

June 5, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Saying no

I have never had much trouble saying no to things that would detract from my happiness rather than add to it. For me, feeling comfortable saying no comes down to four basic strategies. Read more »

June 3, 2015

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The kind of parenting that can help your children better deal with stress

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A recently released study found that strength-based parenting, where parents find and deliberately work to build their children's strengths, can help children better cope with stress and become... Read more »

June 3, 2015

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The first sign your marriage is in trouble

There is not a guaranteed formula for why marriages fail or succeed. But there are some predictable characteristics. A few common patterns emerge as a relationship begins to dissolve. The initial... Read more »

June 2, 2015

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