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Fun July 4th Ideas!

Celebrate July 4th with this collection of great games, decorations, crafts, recipes, and more -- all perfect for an Independence Day party!<p>Print our template for the center (see below) on card stock. Cut out the circle, then trace it twice on corrugated cardboard. Cut out both circles. Make …

22 Twists on Mac 'N' Cheese

Dig into slimmed-down, flavor-packed versions that you'll love as much as the kids do.<p>These bites are perfect for an on-the-go snack or packing lunches—you can't go wrong either way.<p><b>1.</b> Stir 1 egg into prepared mac ’n’ cheese<p><b>2.</b> Spoon into 20 greased mini muffin cups<p><b>3.</b> Sprinkle with shredded cheddar …

Play It Safe

Swings, slides, and jungle gyms can be tons of fun when you keep these precautions in mind.<p>When I started taking my son, Noah, to the local playground, I was never more than a step behind him. Now that he's 2 1/2 and I have a second baby, I can't follow him as closely. In some ways that's a good …

Real Mom: My Baby Has Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common problem among babies. First-time mom Melissa set out to change her family's lifestyle to help alleviate baby Ethan's severe eczema. Get her tips for treating eczema and providing relief for itchy skin rashes.<p>When my son, Ethan, turned 3 months old, he was …

What Happened to Moms? How Dads Became the New TV Role Models

When you think about the best TV moms, who comes to mind? Clair Huxtable? Carol Brady? Lorelai Gilmore? Or perhaps June Cleaver? But what about moms <i>currently</i> seen in primetime?<p><i>Nurturing</i> moms appear to be getting less-and-less screen time while, let's say <i>complicated</i> mothers are becoming the norm. …

Be prepared for potty training

Shares 6K<p><i>This post is sponsored by Huggies Clutch and Clean Wipes.</i><p>Shh! Don’t make me say this too loud. Lean in close, I need to whisper. . .<p><i>I think</i> …

Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken Recipe on Food52

• 5- to 6-pound chicken at room temperature, wing tips removed<br>• 1 lemon, halved<br>• 4 whole garlic cloves<br>• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional<br>• Kosher salt, to taste<br>• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste<br>• 1 cup chicken stock, water, fruit juice, or wine for optional deglazing<p>Place rack on second level from …

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Baby wipes causing itchy, scaly rashes in some babies

Baby wipes may cause some kids to develop itchy, scaly, red rashes, a new study shows.<p>Until now, there haven’t been any reports of allergic reactions to moist wipes in kids in the United States, researchers noted in the study published Monday in Pediatrics. But that may be because reactions have …

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Moms on Call Basic Baby Care: 0-6 Months

• <b>Author:</b> Jennifer Walker & Laura Hunter<p>Advice from two pediatric nurse moms with over 20 years of experience and eight children between them (including two sets of twins). Who says that babies don't come with instructions? They do now!<p>Everything that modern parents need to know about caring for …

Family Tradition: Thankful Jar

Family Traditions are a wonderful way to create lasting memories for your little ones to always look back to once they grow. Does your family take …

Winter Swimming Lesson Tips

When the summer months leave, and the temperatures start dropping, people will often put their child’s swimming lessons on hold until it gets warmer. …

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Weeknight Chicken Soups

Homemade chicken soup doesn't have to take hours. These healthy, souper-easy recipes are ready in 35 minutes or less.<p>Chicken soup may help ease cold symptoms, reports the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Christmas Morning Breakfasts

While Christmas morning's main event is usually under the tree, a holiday family breakfast around the table can add to the magic of the morning, too. Whether your Christmas clan prefers savory egg dishes or sweet breads, these recipes will make a merry meal.<p><i>Recipe by Laraine Perri</i><p>Store-bought pizza …

Interviewing A 5-Year-Old Ninja Living With Cancer

Krishelle Layton, 30, reached out to me. She sent me a Facebook message asking if I would be willing to write about her son Dorian. She loved the way I wrote about others and thought I would do a good job describing her son's life.<p>Her son is 5-years-old. She describes him as fun and playful. He is …

31 Things No One Tells You About Becoming A Parent

You're going to need to know this stuff before you take the plunge.

Easy Herbed Chicken and Vegetables – Cooked in a Bag

<i>This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and the Club House #ItsInTheBagCH sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank-you for my</i> …

Kids With Big Beautiful Eyes

From wide-eyed babes to kids with big-blues, these little ones have the most gorgeous (and gigantic) eyes you've ever seen.<p>2 of 28<p>2 of 28<p>3 of 28<p>3 of 28<p>4 of 28<p>4 of 28<p>5 of 28<p>5 of 28<p>6 of 28<p>6 of 28<p>7 of 28<p>7 of 28<p>8 of 28<p>8 of 28<p>10 of 28<p>10 of 28<p>11 of 28<p>11 of 28<p>12 of 28<p>12 of 28<p>13 of 28<p>13 of 28<p>14 of 28<p>14 of …

Adorable pictures of toddler and puppy sleeping side by side will leave you ‘howling at the cuteness’

These pictures of a toddler having a nap with a puppy will have you ‘howling at the cuteness’, according to the boy’s mother.<p>Jessica Shyba uploaded …

Preventing Entitlement: A Gratitude Chore Game

Bet you didn’t think the words “gratitude” “chore” and “game” really went together did you? With all the holiday stuff I’ve been doing lately, I’ve …

World's Okayest Mom

We are coming into the dreaded holiday season where people mainlining pumpkin spice and holiday cheer start upping the ante and I can already feel my heart rate rising and the hairs on the back of my neck bristling. My Facebook feed is flooded with mostly humble braggy "thankful" posts from people …

The Internet Never Forgets: Parenting the Facebook Generation

Everybody can think of something really stupid they did as a teenager, like taking your parent's car for a joy ride (without their permission, of course), getting drunk with friends, accepting a dangerous dare, or saying mean (or just dumb) things about somebody. Looking back on these moments, many …

One Load Of Laundry We'd REALLY Never Want To Put Away

Who needs a stuffed animal when you have puppies? It is a question asked time and again, by adorable dog-owners throughout the world. This kid is so infatuated, he doesn't even need a bed.<p>May we present to you reason #732 why every kid should have a dog (or three).<p>via Reddit

Plum Organics Recalls Some Baby Stage 2, Tots Mish Mash and Kids Line Products

Plum Organics has announced a voluntary recall of some food products from its Baby Stage 2, Tots Mish Mash and Kids lines after discovering that a "manufacturing defect" may have led to swelling and spoilage.<p>The company released a statement that says recalled products have "'Best By' dates ranging …

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After A Year Of Parenting, Only One Thing Is Certain

In which comics artist Grant Snider, who is dad to a 1-year-old baby girl, gets at the ultimate truth of having kids.<p><b>For more of Snider's work, visit Incidental Comics.</b>

11 Ways Having a Dog Helped Prepare Me for Having Twins

One of my wisest friends -- a devoted father of two -- welcomed me to the club of parenthood when I was nine months pregnant by stripping away the platitudes. "It's as if a nuclear bomb has gone off in your living room," he counseled, "and everyone tells you not only to carry on, but to smile about …