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Take the #Gimme5Challenge to Strengthen Your Body with Just Five Basic Moves

So freakin' simple. So freakin' awesome.<p>Hop off the treadmill, grab a seat, and check this out: Cardio is not the most effective way to reduce body fat. Without strength training, your weight-loss efforts will simply produce a smaller version of you. Is that truly what you want? Or do you want to …

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How to Give Time-Outs That Really Work

The whys and hows of executing an effective time-out.<p>If you're the parent of a toddler or preschooler, chances are that time-out is one of your frequent discipline strategies. And if you're like many parents, you may lament that it doesn't really work. Time-out is misunderstood and misused, but …

Is My Child Depressed?

If your child seems sadder than usual, learn how to spot the signs of childhood depression and get the proper treatment.<p>"Depression is typically thought to be a late adolescent or adult issue, but it can also be an issue for children," says Stacey Brown, a licensed mental health counselor in Fort …

6 Things I Know Now About Breastfeeding

My sweet baby Ben recently turned 1.<p>We did it. We survived the first year.<p>And against all odds, something happened that was totally unexpected and hard-won and butt-kicking and prayed for and holy and amazing and beautiful.<p><i>I became a breastfeeding mom.</i><p>We reached our one-year "nurse-aversary." ME. …

10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family

It's never easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. Read on for tips on how you get closer to reaching an ideal work-life balance.<p>More moms than ever are in the workforce. According to the Center for American Progress, "women now make up half of all workers in the …

12 Things No One Ever Tells You About Babies

Dirty diapers? Yes. Sleepless nights? Of course. A pimply, pointy-headed newborn—what's up with that? Let us clue you in on the biggest surprises about little babies.<p>My baby's head looks strange.<p>You envisioned a picture-perfect Gerber baby—round, rosy, and oh-so-cute. If your newborn's head looks a …

Why isn't my baby passing enough poop?

Q: I'm a new mother and my 7-week-old hasn't passed a stool in three days! Sometimes she goes a week without passing stool. When she does the stools are normal, but she's also gassy and cries a lot so I think something is wrong. Is this normal?<p>A: Yes, it is very normal (and expected) for babies …