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Advice for Parents of Highly Sensitive Children

“Children do not experience our intentions, no matter how heartfelt. They experience what we manifest in our tone and behaviour.” —Gordon Neufeld<p>Dear …

Cool Painting Ideas That Turn Walls And Ceilings Into A Statement

We think of walls as blank canvases waiting to be filled with color to come alive. How would you make that happen? And forget for a second the usual …

When Will I Feel Like Myself Again After Having a Baby?

With her unwashed hair wadded into a bun and a breast pump whirring away under a nursing cover, my friend, a newly minted mom, asked me a daunting question: "When will I feel like myself again?"<p>I stammered. "Suddenly and then all at once?" She winced at the pump's torture, then looked at me …

Beer may be good for your brain

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.<p><b>Beer may be good for your brain</b><p>You may not guess …

'It's Like They Know Us' Is The Tumblr Every Parent Needs To See

The stock photos that accompany many online articles tend to be a tad unrealistic. This is especially true of stock photos that depict families. Image provider websites are full of pictures of blissful families, dressed all in white, relaxing on their spotlessly clean white sofas with their …

Lawyer Up, Moms!

I'm still ticked about NBC's <i>Parenthood</i>. As you might recall, after Julia quit her big lawyer job, she struggled as a stay-at-home mom -- losing arguments with her kids, getting stuck on the worst school committee and agreeing to place her child in the wrong class. Just like no real-life lawyer mom …

Meet the man who refuses to shower for 128 days

Cody Creighton’s #OneDayDirtier campaign aims to raise awareness about water conservation<p>Cody Creighton is in the midst of a 128-day challenge of no showering or bathing -- but somehow he doesn’t smell.<p>The ambitious (if bizarre) project comes in the middle of one of the worst droughts California …

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Seed Envelopes Free Download

Free printable for seed envelopes / packets featuring vintage botanical images. Perfect for storing fruit, veg or flower seeds in style!<p>257<p>1231

Why am I the one mosquitos always bite?

Scientists know body odors play a role in who mosquitoes bite most. But they don’t yet completely understand which odors mosquitoes find most …

One Way To Help Your Children Handle Stress And Anxiety

It’s hard for anyone to deal with stress and anxiety, but it’s especially hard for children.<p>Michele Kambolis, a clinical therapist and author, joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss effective methods to help children deal with their stress and anxiety.<p>“The first line of …

5 Foods This Nutritionist Won't Eat

<i>By Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD for YouBeauty.com</i><p>A big part of my job involves diving daily into the latest research on food. Although the internet, TV and magazines have given people the tools to become "diet experts," the truth remains that the strongest evidence we have on what to eat and what to …

Why Fat-Shaming is NOT a Great Motivator

Here’s one more reason why shamers should zip it.<p>Fat shaming sucks. And not just because it's insensitive, mean, and deserving of a swift kick in the shin. It turns out, it's also counterproductive, and leads to weight gain, not loss, according to a new study published in <i>Obesity</i>.<p>For the study, …

Fitness

Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

You know the nursery rhyme:<p>Hey diddle diddle<br>The cat and the fiddle<br>The cow jumped over the moon.<br>The little dog laughed<br>To see such sport<br>And the dish ran away with the spoon.<p><i>Modern Farmer</i> magazine, which is currently celebrating "Cow Week," took a good, hard look at the bovine portion of that rhyme. …

22 A Day Is Unconscionable: Preventing Veteran Suicide

An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day. But you will see no headlines on their passing.<p>For many of our brave servicemen and women, transitioning home is challenging. Imagine the strain of leaving family and friends for months on end in an unfamiliar country, enduring battle and seeing …

Study: Autism signs in babies can be erased

A new pilot study suggests that signs of autism symptoms can be erased if babies begin therapy even before they can toddle.<p>Researchers have long taken the "earlier the better" approach to treatment, but this tiny study – in just seven children – is the first to look at starting therapy in the first …

The Truth About Parenting And Smartphones

Recently, journalists and researchers have been blaming smartphones for bad parenting. They want us to put down our devices and focus on our children. But they’ve got it all wrong.<p>It is no wonder that anxiety plagues the modern human. We seem hopelessly confused. We love our tools; we can’t stop …

Simple DIY Chore Chart

While this wonderful chore chart would be great to make for home, it could also be useful in a classroom. Make a magnet for each student, and you can …

Keeping Spiders Out Of Your Home

This time of the year, we tend to notice more and more of those creepy crawly eight legged bugs both outside and inside our homes. They are not …

Spiders

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Tutorial: Sensory pillowcase

Tutorial: Sensory pillowcase<p>Amy from One Artsy Mama made a special pillowcase for a child with sensory sensitivities related to touch. He had been …

The New York Times' Irresponsible Look at Antidepressants During Pregnancy

<i>By Christiane Manzella, PhD, FT, clinical director of the Seleni Institute, a nonprofit mental health and wellness center for women and mothers in New York City.</i><p>We are extremely disappointed with the <i>New York Times</i> article "Pills May Put Babies at Risk" published on September 2, 2014 (and online …

Parents Underestimate Kids' Media Use

<i>Note: The following case study is an excerpt from The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Rebecca Jackson, and Dr. Robert Pressman by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, Copyright © 2014 by Good Parent, Inc.</i><p><b>Case Study: Colleen's</b> …

How Toddlers Thrive

• <b>Author:</b> Tovah P Klein<p>Dr. Tovah Klein, called “the toddler whisperer” on <i>Good Morning America</i>, has penned “a parenting milestone” (Dr. Harvey Rotbart, <i>No Regrets Parenting</i>) with <i>How Toddlers Thrive</i>, which shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind …

10 Things You Taught Your Baby Today (Without Even Trying)

If you're like most new parents, there are plenty of days -- ones when your baby won't stop crying and there's oatmeal on the wall -- when you feel as if you can't do anything right. But think again. Even if all you did was feed your little one when he was hungry, talk to him as you did the …

Paramedic Delivers Own Baby on the Side of the Highway

One of the many things Daniel Lynch learned while training to be a firefighter and paramedic was how to deliver a baby, but the closest he ever came …

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

"For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality."<p>- Richard Louv, <i>Last Child in the Woods</i><p>What are you doing with your kids this Labor Day weekend? How about taking a family camping trip? Or going to the beach? Or packing a picnic for the park?<p>The benefits of getting children out into …

Magic

The thing about loss is that it's not a dark, brooding presence. Not like in the movies. Not in reality.<p>Loss hibernates.<p>Society doesn't let people grieve adequately for pets and grandparents. If you lose a parent, or a spouse, or God forbid, a child, you can grieve. If you lose your faithful feline …

Honey, You're Fine

Every time I try to write something about anything, I always end up saying the same thing: <i>having young kids is hard</i>. I could try to write "The Very Best Enchilada Recipe Ever" and would still end up writing, "Enchiladas would be great if I was able to sit down and eat because having young kids is …

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?"<p>And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot.<p>AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!<p>Or at least get a full sentence. …