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The Sensational Baby Sleep Plan

• <b>Author:</b> Alison Scott-Wright<p>Sleep is something all new parents want, both for themselves and their newborn babies. Now, with <i>The Sensational Baby Sleep Plan</i> baby care consultant Alison Scott-Wright takes the stress and tension out of those early weeks and offers the ultimate plan that will ensure …

Here Are The Worst States For Working Parents

What do Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia have in common? A grim situation for working parents.<p>Following up on its 2005 and 2012 reports, The National Partnership for Women & Families has released the third edition of "Expecting Better," a state-by-state analysis of all the laws (or lack thereof) that …

5 Mindful Things I Do Every Day

Mindfulness can sound far more complicated than it actually is.<p>I like to describe it as <i>being aware of what is happening as it is happening</i>. Sounds simple? It is. But it isn't the normal way of operating in our busy lives -- we are far more likely to have a wandering mind. So it takes a conscious …

What It Looks Like When Kids Learn To Write, All Over The World

Here on HuffPost Parents, our Cute Kid Notes series features hilarious, adorable, and generally brilliant handwritten notes from children.<p>One Reddit user had a similar idea, but on a global level, and found notes that kids have written from all over the world. Argenblargen posted the question, "If …

What My Daughter and I Learn When We Carve Out Mom and Daughter Time

Since I stopped working outside the home, I am fortunate enough to spend every day with my daughter. Our days consist of a lot of running around. Gigi is 10 and like a lot of kids, aside from school and study time she's also involved in a range of activities -- competitive ice skating, softball, …

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Why Do We Always Hate on the Hot Mom?

Here she comes...<p>She's walking toward you, gorgeous smile, gorgeous hair, gorgeous figure (even after popping out a handful of kids), and despite her glowing aura about her -- admit it. You're secretly hating her.<p>It's a human flaw that not <i>all</i>, but <i>a lot</i> of women inherently possess -- jealousy. It's …

It's the Relationship That Heals

When I was a fledgling psychotherapist going for my advanced degree, I read about different techniques and approaches to help clients recover from the stressors and traumas they experienced over the course of their lifetime. There was always one theory that jumped off the page as I studied. It was …

10 Ways Raising House Plants and Kids Are Similar

Some people say that you should have a pet before you have kids. The thought is that you will become familiar with the intensely high level of responsibility that taking care of another living being requires. You will learn that your pet, like the kids that come after it, comes along with not only …

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4 Things to Think About When You Setup Apps for Kids

Honestly, how many times have you installed an app for your kids and granted the permissions it needs without a second thought? Many of these apps store personal data on the cloud. How securely this data is stored, and what is used for, is entirely up to the app developers.<p>"App developers don't …

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10 Surprises From the First Days After Delivery

Childbirth classes were something I didn't consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a pleasant lie, you'd better believe I was in that class with pen in hand taking notes. Plus I was …

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

"Child will ride independently in bumper cars," said no child development book ever. It's another one of those things that parents of typically developing kids wouldn't think twice about, a child zooming around in a bumper car. But when Max did it for the first time last year, it was a big deal. …

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Mama, Will You Hold My Hand?

I spent the weekend away from my daughter and I'll be honest, part of it was nice. I love the inquisitiveness of her 3-year-old mind, but not having the girls at the bachelorette party ask me "why" I went pee, "why" I ate the blue M&M first or "why" birds can't talk in a language we understand was …

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How to Say 'NO!' to a Toddler or Young Child

As a mother, grandmother and teacher of many, many years, I have either read about or learned about or tried just about every suggestion that has ever been made about making boundaries for children. I have tried everything except spankings. I believe that that accomplishes nothing in the realm of …

Premonition of a Parent's Worst Nightmare

My son died over 40 years ago on July 6, 1972. He was 7 and had been living in a home for the handicapped. He'd been at home with us when this picture was taken (sitting in front). I was a young divorced single mother with a full-time job and was the sole provider of my other two kids; the twin …

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How to Boost Fine Motor Skills

Help your toddler boost her fine motor skills (picking up, grasping, and holding objects with her fingers) and boost her cognitive development.<p>The next time your baby picks up a Cheerio and chucks it at you, know it's a sign of fine motor skill development. Grasping a piece of cereal between his …

5 Ways to Bond With Baby

She's finally here: your brand new bundle of joy. Cradled in your arms, you gaze at your new baby and feel... nothing. You are not overwhelmed with joy or happiness and you are not overcome with love and sweet emotions as you imagined you would be, and as you have been told you should be. You …

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How to Live With Children: How to Have a Conversation at Dinner

<b>Cast: Dan=Dad, T=Daughter, age 3, O=Son, age 5</b><p>* * *<p><b>Dan:</b> Okay Trixie, after dinner, you're going to have your poop try.<p><b>T:</b> <i>(very enthusiastically)</i> Okay!<p><b>O:</b> <i>(with matching enthusiasm)</i> Me too! (<i>stuffs mouth with more mac n' cheese) (speaks with mouth completely full)</i> And remember Trixie what happens if …

10 Alternative Names For Breast Milk (Toddler-Style)

"<i>Mama, I want some milk.</i>"<p>As I look at my daughter, my ever-growing and ever-learning little bean, it becomes more and more apparent that she is no longer the baby I once cradled in my arms. Her baby-squidge is being replaced by cheekbones and her proportions are slowly but surely becoming more …

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Teen Trends: There's Good News and Bad News

The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention just came out. It reveals the results of their regular "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" and contains both good news and bad news about the lifestyle of today's teenagers. Here are some highlights and thoughts on what we can do to …

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A New Definition of Motherhood

Last week Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, caused a stir when, while being interviewed at the Aspen Ideas Festival, she answered David Bradley's age-old question about whether women can truly balance family and career by saying "I don't think women can have it all." The salient emotion she …

9 Things to Know About Talking

We know you're dying to hear those first words. Here's what you need to know while you wait.<p>Long before your baby said her first word, she was already chatting you up. Establishing eye contact, imitating your facial expressions, babbling, cooing, gurgling, crying -- these are all forms of dialogue. …

Overscheduling Kids Could Slow Development of Problem-Solving Skills

If you ever needed an excuse not to sign up for soccer and karate and piano lessons, here it is: A new study published in <i>Frontiers in Psychology</i> suggests that overscheduling kids impairs their ability to develop executive functions. (That's a series of essential skills, including self direction, …