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The Experts Speak

As families prepare their students for the school season, educators weigh in on best practices for managing the transition back to school.

Seeking Sleep

A full night’s sleep for children should sit at the top of your family priority list. Unfortunately, bedtime is one of the easiest habits to let slide. Sleep is essential to a child’s growth, development and health in more ways than one.

After-School Activities: Is Your Child Involved in Too Much?

So how do you know whether your child is doing too much? Here are five signs that it's time to cut back on after-school activities.

Navigating the Popularity Trap

Is your tween or teen in the popular crowd at school? As a parent, do you consider being popular an important goal for your child?

I’m Pregnant!

If you’re anything like most mothers, a million things run through your mind when you find out you’re pregnant. We put together a simple list of the first steps after the big news.

Everything You Need to Know About Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia typically occurs any time after 20 weeks gestation and, more rarely, can develop up to six weeks postpartum. Women with preeclampsia generally experience high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

Budgeting After Baby

Babies cost a lot of money! Diapers, formula, clothes and baby gear can take a huge chunk out of your monthly budget.

Pregnancy Cravings

Nearly 90 percent of women experience cravings during pregnancy.

Preparing Kids for Another Sibling

No matter what is going on around you though, a few tips and tricks can make the introduction as painless and fun as possible!

The New Parent’s Guide to Picking a Pediatrician

Your baby will be seen by the pediatrician in the hospital shortly after birth, so it’s important to have one in place prior to delivery.

Bust Toy Boredom

As a culture, we often give in to the more, more, more idea, the idea that if our children are complaining about being bored, well then, they must need more or different toys.

Bringing Back Family Game Night

Researchers today are finding that all of that lighthearted play years ago actually led to some serious child development benefits, because board games are rich in learning opportunities.

Five Ways to Go Green When Packing a Lunch

Pack lunch using green living ideas.

Six Ways to Help Kids Use Social Media in a Healthy Way

Social media is now the hippest hangout for kids, even as young as elementary school age. Parenting this generation of digital kids means we need to know how to help them navigate social media in a healthy, positive and safe way.

I Think You're Ready

The small shifts in how we communicate with children encourage responsibility too.

Making it through a meltdown

What are some strategies to use to help prevent meltdowns?

Delivered…Now What?

What should you expect in the whirlwind of minutes and hours following your baby’s much-anticipated arrival?

Nap Know-How

Nap time can be a battle between parent and child that leaves you everyone exhausted rather than rested. And so parents search for suggestions to make things go more smoothly, ultimately resulting in more rest for everyone.

Choosing Baby’s Name

Naming your baby is not always an easy task. In fact, it can be downright difficult, especially when you and your partner may not agree on what to name your new addition.

Surviving Bed Rest

Bed rest often comes as a surprising prescription for pregnant women. The good news is that these days, bed rest should occur very rarely.

Top Pregnancy Fears BUSTED

Finding out you are pregnant is extremely exciting, but it also can lead to worrying that your pregnancy won’t go as perfectly as you have always planned.

Bringing Home Baby

Bringing a baby home from the hospital is a wonderfully amazing and joyful experience, but an overwhelming and stressful one as well. Too bad there isn’t a definitive parenting manual because bringing home Baby is no easy task! With a few preparations, the transition can be a little smoother. Here are a few tips to consider:

Swim Lessons for Babies

Hitting the pool for swim lessons before learning to walk might seem a little odd. But for babies, swimming comes almost second nature.

Baby’s First Year

The first year of Baby’s life is one of the most exciting—and stressful—times for a parent. They have so many adjustments to make, worries to quell and learning to do.

The Busy Parents Shopping Guide

Try some innovative ways to engage young boys and girls while shopping.

How to Improve Reading Comprehension at Home

Try one or more of these comprehension strategies or practices while reading WITH or TO your child at home.

The Best Gifts We Can Give Our Kids

Perhaps the best gifts that truly matter can’t be wrapped at all, and perhaps the joy from these gifts create memories that last a lifetime.

The Camp Next Door: Day Camp

Day camp, as the name implies, typically consist of a series of consecutive days where the child is away during the daytime hours.

Anger Management for Kids

To help your child avoid doing the wrong things when she’s feeling overwhelmed with anger, try teaching her some simple anger management skills.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Does your child labor over decision making?
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