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Brighter Days: 3 Top Tips to Talk With Kids About COVID-19

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My fiance and I have four sons, ages 13, 14, 15 and 16. They all have different styles, and that's never been more apparent than in talking about the news in the past few weeks.

One son asks several times a day, "Is there any news about the news?" Another son listens to conversations, but he doesn't engage. A third son tunes us out when the ...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips for Sore Throats

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Ever since my son Tyler was a baby, he's been prone to strep throat. Some kids are, it seems. His brother Austin, on the other hand, has never had it.

I remember as a child, I only had strep throat once, so at the first sign of a sore throat, my mom hauled me into the pediatrician's office for a dreaded throat culture. But she more than made up...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Tracking Growth

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When my boys were babies and toddlers, I was so fascinated by their growth. Each time they outgrew a size, it felt like a milestone to me. I loved moving the next size from storage into Tyler's drawers, from Tyler's drawers to Austin's drawers and finally from Austin's drawers to a dear friend who has a son a little younger than Austin.

I also ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Stress Less

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When they coined the word "stress," did they intentionally make it rhyme with "less"? It seems like quite the coincidence to me.

When my sons were young, I found my stress level to go up and go down at the same time. My stress went up because the responsibility of caring for these tiny little humans was so awesome. My stress went down because ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Corral Toys

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If the toy invasion hasn't begun, brace yourself. It starts innocently enough, probably with some cute, furry, soft stuffed animals. Then come the large wooden toys. Then the noisy toys. Just when you think you might be able to contain the madness to one small playroom, your baby will be a toddler and past the choking danger. Just blink and your...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Bellyaches

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Few things will tear your heart out more than watching your baby throw up. Most of the time, vomiting in children is caused by gastroenteritis, which is usually due to a virus. It's commonly called the stomach flu, though it's not really a flu at all. It can also cause stomachaches and diarrhea.

Once your baby starts eating table food, vomiting...Read more

8 Top Tips to Fight Viruses -- Yes, Even Coronavirus

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I've always been a worrier. It will surprise no one who knows me that I'm nervous about coronavirus. But I'm also worried about the flu, colds and other viruses lurking on door handles and elevator buttons.

I try to combat my anxiety with action. The past few weeks, I've sanitized my doorknobs, remotes and light switches each night. I've bought...Read more

5 Top Tips to Make Time for YOU

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You! Remember you? The you before you were Mom? Be kind to yourself. Make time for yourself.

When my sons were babies, I often found motherhood to be all-consuming. I loved being with my sons so much that I didn't want to ever be away from them. I let a lot of hobbies slip away.

I found a solution that worked for me. One day a month, ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Prevent and Ease Colds

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Experts say that 80% of infectious diseases are spread through touch. Short of carrying a sign that says, "Stop touching me!" the best thing to do is wash your hands frequently and encourage your children to do the same.

When my sons were toddlers, I tried to establish routines such as washing our hands right after we got home or rinsing with ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Bathing Baby

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Looking back, one of my favorite times when my sons were babies was bath time. My boys loved it, and I loved that precious time each day when I had their undivided attention. I'd plop myself down right outside the tub and talk with them.

Bath time gives you an excellent opportunity to sit and connect with your baby. You're right there, at eye ...Read more

5 Top Tips for Clipping Your Baby's Nails

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In the category of Who Knew This Would Be So Hard, clipping a baby's fingernails and toenails can be a real challenge. Coming at your baby with a pointy object is just not fun -- for you or for him. When my sons were babies, I was really surprised at how much anxiety having to clip their nails caused me. I remember one time nicking one of my ...Read more

5 Top Tips to Hit Your Goal Weight

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A dream might be a wish that your heart makes, but a goal is a wish that your brain makes.

What is your weight loss goal? For most of us, that goal is a number. It might be a number you remember fondly -- such as what you weighed in college, when you got married or before you got pregnant. Or it might be a size, such as the size of your wedding...Read more


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