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Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips to Cope with Colic

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The word colic strikes fear in the hearts of parents-to-be. Colic is very common. It's estimated that up to 40% of babies have it. But knowing this isn't very comforting if your baby has the condition. How can you tell for sure if your baby has colic? When a healthy baby cries for more than three hours per day more than three days per week for ...Read more

Brighter Days: 17 Tips to Keep Babies and Pets Safe

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My fiance and I have five pairs of chickens, four sons, three cats and two dogs. Our sons are teens, and they are great helpers with the pets, so I don't have to worry about anyone's safety together. But if they were babies or toddlers, that would be a different scenario.

I imagine many parents right now, sheltering at home, do have concerns ...Read more

Brighter Days: 3 Top Tips for Napping

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I personally could use a nap right now -- and my sons are 13, 14, 15 and 16. So I KNOW moms of little ones could really use a nap.

During the first six weeks after her baby's birth, the average new mom spends 20% more of her day awake than she did before her baby was born. If you're so tired that the only thing keeping you awake is lots ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Taking Care of You During the Current Chaos

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Whoever said, "May you live in interesting times," probably didn't mean THIS interesting. I, for one, could do with a little less interesting right about now.

I'm grateful that I've worked from home for the past 15 years, so I'm set up for that, and my business is doing well. I'm also grateful that my fiance transitioned to working at home so ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Bumps and Bruises

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Even while so many of us are staying safer at home, bumps and bruises still happen. I remember when my boys were toddlers, they had plenty of two-toddler collisions. Their personalities were so apparent when this happened: One son would usually burst into tears, while his brother generally jumped up and exclaimed, "I'm OK!"

When you're a ...Read more

4 Top Tips to Organize Kids' Clothing

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Never since pregnancy have I felt such a compulsion to organize. Nesting during pregnancy is normal. Nesting during a pandemic? From what I hear from my friends, that must be pretty normal, too.

I have clothing since Bush was president -- and that's George H.W. Bush. Maybe even before. So, my clothes stay pretty organized.

But babies and kids ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Tips to Tackle Teething

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Recently, I had a problem with a tooth. It was shockingly painful -- the kind of pain you just can't get away from! I remember thinking, "How do babies and children go through teething pain?"

Most babies get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months. The first teeth to break through the gums are usually the bottom two front teeth. A month or two...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips to Boost Energy

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One major challenge I'm facing right now is lack of energy. With all of the extra duties -- vigilant cleaning, supervising homework, more meals to prepare with no going out -- and the additional stress, my "get up and go" has got up and went. Truth be told, it's not uncommon for me to fall asleep watching TV. But to fall asleep watching TV at 9 ...Read more

Brighter Things: 5 Tips to Read to Your Baby and Kids

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You know how a memory from childhood feels like a memory, but it might actually just be a memory of seeing a photo? That's how I feel about my memories of my dad reading to me. I've seen several pictures of my dad, wearing a navy blue robe, sitting on his favorite rocker and reading a newspaper with me perched on his lap.

"I read you anything ...Read more

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


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