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Brighter Days: Top Tips for Weight Loss

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Despite the fact that I feel like I'm 29, the calendar says I'm 50. With sons ages 16, 15, 15 and 13, this shouldn't be a surprise, yet it still shocks me.

As I've gotten older, my weight has crept up. I'm 5-foot-2. I weighed in the 120s in my 20s, the 130s in my 30s, the 140s in my 40s and, yikes, suddenly the 160s in my 50s. It's harder and ...Read more

4 Top Tips for COVID-19 Vaccines

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After a long 2020, it appears the cavalry might be coming: promising new vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19. While some Americans are eager to get it, others aren't rolling up their sleeves for the shot anytime soon.

Here's what our Mommy M.D.s -- doctors who are also mothers -- are doing for their own families.

"I'll get what Dr....Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Handling Extra Chores from COVID-19

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Moms are busier than ever. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, moms are bearing the brunt of the home-schooling burden. More family members at home means more meals to plan, prepare and clean up, and more messes to manage. Plus, mental health experts say moms are carrying more of the mental load -- the to-do list running in our brains of ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Encourage Healthy Choices

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Right now, you're laying the foundation for your child's lifelong eating habits. No pressure. But it really is that important. Because your toddler wants to be just like you, modeling nutritious eating and snacking is probably the best thing that you can do. For example, if your toddler sees you eating yogurt, he's more likely to try it, too. ...Read more

6 Top Tips for Weaning Your Baby

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Stopping breastfeeding is likely to be an emotional event for you, your baby or both! I'll always remember the last time I nursed my youngest son while on a trip to Walt Disney World. It's a cherished memory, and knowing I'd have that memory to hold onto made it easier for me to stop. You'll likely know in your heart when the time is right.

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5 Top Tips for Pandemic Stress

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"May you live in interesting times." No one knows for sure if those words truly were an ancient Chinese curse. But the phrase sure is apt here in 2020!

Every few weeks, I find the pandemic fears seep a little more deeply into my consciousness. The reality that this isn't ending anytime soon feels a little more real. Anxiety settles deeper into ...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips to Make Time for Yourself

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During a typical year, this time is hectic. Throw in a global pandemic, and the 2020 holidays are truly crazy.

You have 1,440 minutes in every day. Granted, you're probably sleeping about 480 of them. Still, that leaves you with almost 1,000 minutes of each and every day. No doubt you spend plenty of those minutes helping your children, your ...Read more

Brighter Days: First Aid and Choking Prevention

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Moms are master jugglers of time -- and money. Who among us ever has time -- or money -- to spare? But how much time and money would you spend to save your child's life? What if you could learn the basics in a few minutes -- for free?

A website called FirstAidWeb Inc. offers free online CPR and first-aid courses. Visit this site to take online,...Read more

5 Top Tips for Food Allergies

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Do allergies run in your family? If so, you have plenty of company. Up to 50 million Americans, millions of them kids, are allergic to something.

When a person has an allergy, his or her body reacts to a substance that's harmless to most people. The body releases chemicals to defend against the allergen "invader." These chemicals cause allergy ...Read more

5 Top Tips for Picky Eating

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Picky eating is to toddlers what sleep deprivation is to mothers: very, very common. After a baby's first year of rapid growth, his growth slows, and so he naturally eats less. Plus, what toddler wants to stop to eat when there's a great big world out there to explore? And "Thomas the Tank Engine" is on TV to boot!

As a guideline, most toddlers...Read more

5 Top Tips for Taking Photos of Your Pregnant Belly

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When I was pregnant, I hid my belly behind tentlike tops and ran from the camera like it was being wielded by Freddy Krueger. Fifteen years later, I treasure the very few photos of pregnant me!

In hindsight, I wish I would have taken more photos to show my babies' growth inside of my growth. And I wish I would have had the courage to wear those...Read more

6 Top Tips to Drinking Better

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In our society, we often talk about whether your cup is half-empty or half-full. Maybe we should start talking more about what's actually in your cup. Turns out the answer might be critical for your weight loss journey.

Over the past three decades, the number of calories adults obtain from fruit drinks, sodas, gourmet coffee drinks and other ...Read more

4 Top Tips to Prepare Your Toddler for a Sibling

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Whoever coined the phrase "love-hate relationship" was probably talking about siblings. We all want our children to get along, but even the best plans sometimes go awry. Sibling rivalry often starts before a second child is even born, and it continues as kids compete for everything from toys to attention to you. It can be hard to promote harmony...Read more



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