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How to Find a Work-Life Balance That Works for Your Family

Improve your work-life balance by cutting out the excess and honing in on what matters most to you with these tips.<p>The Trick to Balancing Kids and a Career<p>Some days, it may seem like you have it all together. You're excelling in your job and your kids are happy and well adjusted. And then, there …

Work-life Balance

Lose That Baby Fat!

Top experts and slimmed-down moms reveal the simple weight-loss strategies that really do work.<p>I can't say nobody warned me: Every pregnancy book on the planet predicted that I'd still be wearing maternity clothes when I took my son home from the hospital. Secretly, I thought I'd at least be able …

Preferred Parent

If your kid is treating you like an outcast, we have ways to turn your relationship with your child around.<p>When my baby hit the age of 5, he turned against me. This super-snuggly and effusive little boy only wanted to hug Daddy, sit next to Daddy, and eat Daddy's pancakes. Soren started …

Move More to Sleep Longer

From snoring partners to blanket hogs, getting a good night's sleep with your partner can be tough -- but exercising can help you fall asleep faster.<p>Are you having trouble sleeping? A new Australian study recommends three remedies: hot yoga, hot sex, and a hot shower (the yoga doesn't have to be …

21 Foods to Tempt Your Picky Eater

Before you say, "My kid won't try that," find out why experts think these healthy, adventurous-sounding choices should be regulars on your family's menu.<p>When your kid turns up his nose at tomatoes, would you expect him to go for tomato soup? Or if he isn't a fan of grilled chicken, wouldn't chicken …

Food

Antonia Lofaso's Kid-Friendly Recipes

Kids can help cook these yummy recipes by Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso.<p><i>Top Chef</i> alum Antonia Lofaso wowed viewers on reality TV. But the idea for her most recent project, <i>The Busy Mom's Cookbook</i> (out this fall), comes straight from real life -- her own. This single mom relishes her time at home with …

Teach Your Kids to Cook

Teaching your kids to cook is like teaching them to drive, only harder. There's no imaginary brake, for one thing, and you'll go through more eggs.<p>As parents, many of us take great pleasure in feeding our children -- in watching them enjoy the fruits of our labor and nourishing their bodies with …

The 10 Biggest Feeding Mistakes Parents Make

Parents play a key role in shaping their children's approach to eating. Here are some mistakes to avoid with your little one.<p>My son Jake was a picky eater, or so I thought. He stopped eating vegetables after he turned 2. Lunch was always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He refused new foods, and …

Parenting

20 Kid-Friendly Veggies

Get your picky kid to start trying (and yes, loving) vegetables in just one month. We've got a brilliant week-by-week plan for delicious but easy side dishes that will have your child asking for more.<p><b>Cucumber Ribbon Salad</b> <br>Trim the ends off a medium cucumber, then cut it in half crosswise and peel …

Food

Healthy School Lunches & Snacks

Make school lunches healthy and fun with these easy brown bag lunch ideas. Transform classic lunches, from tuna to PB&J to turkey and cheese, into healthier recipes. Kids will also love the healthy snack ideas that will keep them full throughout the day.<p>The simplest and healthiest foods stay …

Healthy Eating

Salads for Kids

Cool shapes, fun toppings, and colorful dressings will win over your picky eater.<p>It's a breeze to make, especially if you use precut veggies.

The 20 Best Snacks for Kids

Toss out the junk food and start making snack time fun again! See how these 20 kid-friendly ingredients can turn into healthy homemade snacks. Try the low calorie snack recipes that will keep your kids happy and healthy.<p>1 of 24<p>10 Smart Snacks For Kids<p>1 of 24<p>2 of 24<p>Whole Grain Cereal<p>2 of 24<p>Tina …

Healthy Eating

US Child Population Drops Slightly

The proportion of the US population under age 17 has dropped slightly in the last year, according to an annual federal government report on population trends. More details from a statement by the National Institutes of Health:<p>The percentage of children living in the United States who are Asian, …