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100 deadly days of summer: What you must do to keep your kids safe

Many preventable child deaths go up in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Erin Stewart: Prom dress modesty raises deeper issues

In all the controversy over appropriate prom attire, are we missing the chance to teach kids about true modesty? Read more »

March 31, 2015

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Moms, take a breather – 'intensive mothering' isn’t necessary

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More time spent parenting doesn’t necessarily lead to better outcomes for children, according to a recent study. Read more »

March 31, 2015

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A father's bucket list: 10 things I want to do with my son before he goes to college

Just being aware of time passing isn’t enough. I need to be doing it differently, not just thinking about it differently. Living it more, not dwelling on it more. I’m a father who needs... Read more »

March 29, 2015

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Parenting programs leave father out, to kids' detriment, researcher says

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A Yale researcher has found seven barriers to including fathers in parenting programs. Leaving them out is bad news for children, according to studies. Read more »

March 29, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: When there is nothing left to do but love

I’ve read books and articles and listened to podcasts and presentations, and I feel like I have a pretty good sense of how to nurture my children, but there are still circumstances that catch... Read more »

March 27, 2015

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What makes marriage hard? These 5 things (among others)

“Marriage is hard.” I had heard that statement all my life. But I suppose because I was young and my head was full of qualities that I just knew I’d find in a spouse, I never... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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'Maternal feminists' defend motherhood at United Nations

Women from the organization Big Ocean Women defended motherhood and promoted families at the United Nations in New York City last week. Read more »

March 25, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Baby boomers, rejoice! 65 is the new 45

A couple of generations ago, 45-year-olds thought a lot about their next 20 years and asked how they would make it the most full and productive time of their lives. Today, it's 65-year-olds who can... Read more »

March 24, 2015

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Parents seeking urban lifestyles for kids

A small but growing number of parents are bucking a trend when it comes to raising their kids: Rather than move to suburbs as their parents once did, many are opting to stay in or near downtown. Read more »

March 24, 2015

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Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in mid-air, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for the fertilizer. Read more »

March 24, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: When kids are mean

Although watching your child face unkindness from his or her peers can be heartbreaking, there are ways that we can help them navigate the harsh realities of the world. Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Erin Stewart: What shopping looks like as a mother

From potty breaks to runaway kids, shopping is just one of the pre-mommy pleasures I have bid farewell. Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Run, build, stay: How islanders survived Vanuatu's cyclone

When her roof started collapsing during the cyclone, Christine Iakangem felt she had no choice but to grab her 1-week-old baby Angeline and start running. Read more »

March 19, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: The 'big tent' of families

As different as people are in their ideologies and worldviews, they are all basically the same when it comes to their families, particularly their hopes, dreams, worries and concerns for their... Read more »

March 17, 2015

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AP Photos: Lotusland gardens mix whimsy, conservation

Ganna Walska, a wealthy Polish opera singer, created the Lotusland garden in her own likeness — beautiful, eccentric, intelligent, quixotic, romantic, spiritual — on a private estate... Read more »

March 17, 2015

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10 things I’d tell my single, 20-something self

I was single well into my 30s, and being single was a struggle for me, but I learned a few things along the way. If I were to give myself advice while I was still single and in my 20s, here’s... Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Sibling 'rivalry' can do more harm than other bullying forms

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Harsh sibling rivalry is common, can have lasting mental health impact and most often goes unreported, a new study says. The research also indicates it may make reporting of outside bullying less... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 10 good reasons to stop the house-shaming

I was going to write a post today called, “The Chore Chart that Saved My Sanity," but it felt a little disingenuous as I looked around my house and realized I was living in a hot mess. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: What do you focus on?

We can find beauty and happiness in just about any situation if we look hard enough. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: To grouchy moms everywhere

For several years now, I’ve been trying to live under the guise that I’m one of those fantastic moms whose entire life is made up of silver linings. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015

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My life is going to be so much bigger than my wedding day

My wedding day was beautiful, but I’m not convinced it was the biggest day of my life. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015

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Strong-willed children are a blessing, not a curse

When my kids were young, I would sometimes wonder what I had done wrong when child after child was born into our family with a hefty dose of “strong will.” Read more »

Dec. 1, 2014

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Wake up and smell the sexting, parents

Technology blinds us to danger, a danger of kids growing up a little fast, knowing more than they should at a young age, and exchanging inappropriate information for it to only POOF disappear... Read more »

July 15, 2013

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Mathematician plots pregnancy probability

Women tend to be less fertile as they get older, but how much, exactly? Math nerd Richie Cotton at 4dpiecharts.com decided to figure it out with a chart. Read more »

Aug. 6, 2012

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