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6 Top Tips to Exercise for Energy

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Some days, especially with the added stress and duties of this pandemic, I feel too tired to change the channel on the remote, let alone haul myself up off the couch to exercise.

Seems like I have plenty of company. Almost one-third of Americans consider themselves to be inactive. I suspect, if more were being honest, the number would be even ...Read more

Brighter Days: 6 Top Tips for Buying Baby Shoes

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What I'm about to say might be comforting, humorous or both.

One of the most challenging things for me when my boys were babies was buying shoes!

It's OK to laugh. It seems silly, considering the myriad mothering things there are to worry about. Footwear seems trivial in comparison. Hopefully, this revelation made you smile, and maybe it'll ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Taking Day Trips

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According to a recent survey by a business how-to and news website called Manifest, 67% of Americans said they did not feel comfortable flying right now.

Personally, I canceled my family's long-awaited trip to Walt Disney World to celebrate my 50th birthday -- not a decision I made lightly! Instead, my family has taken a few day trips, and I'm ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips on Choosing a Doctor or Midwife

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Expecting to be expecting? You likely already have a doctor you see for your routine care, and perhaps you have another doctor you see for gynecologic issues. But where do you want to go for your care during your pregnancy?

You might choose an obstetrician, which is a doctor who specializes in the management of pregnancy, labor and birth. They'...Read more

3 Top Tips for Shots

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From the very beginning, my sons were so different. One of them was easygoing; when he had to get a shot, he cried for a few minutes, and then he was fine. His brother, on the other hand, started screaming the second the nurse got close with the needle, and he didn't stop screaming until we were back home.

I followed the standard vaccination ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips to Foster Hand-Eye Coordination

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My sons are teenagers: 13, 14, 15 and 16. They are all big computer game fans, and we joke often they are developing incredible hand-eye coordination with all of that gaming!

When my sons were babies, though, I found it incredible to think that as a 1-year-old is working to master walking and then running, he's also improving his fine motor ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Tackling Tantrums

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Three is the new two. People often talk about the "terrible twos," but in my experience, the threes were worse, and my sons were more prone to tantrums in their third years than their second.

Tantrums are often described as "emotional storms," implying that they're chaotic and uncontrollable. Research published in the journal Emotions might ...Read more

Brighter Days: 5 Top Tips for Coping with Housework

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Since my oldest son was born, I've worked from home. Usually, my workdays are quiet, with my fiance and our sons off at work or school. Since March, however, they've been working and schooling from home, and now, of course, they're home for the summer.

Though they are a tidy bunch, having more people at home means more cleaning, more dishes and...Read more

Brighter Days: Thoughts on Discovering You're Pregnant

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There are few moments in life like discovering that you are pregnant. It's as if you're striding confidently down one path in life, and suddenly, a giant gust of wind blows you off of that path and onto a new one. When that stick turns blue, your life is dramatically, irreversibly changed.

I remember the disbelief I felt both times upon ...Read more

Brighter Days: Thoughts on Going Back to School Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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My fiance and I have four sons between us -- ages 13, 14, 15 and 16. (And five pairs of chickens, three cats and two dogs. Yes, it's a zany life!)

For the past few months, school has been top of mind and a frequent dinner conversation topic. We value our sons' education, but we value their health and safety more. We've been grappling with the ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips to Brush Baby's Teeth

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Baby teeth seem somewhat disposable, but your baby will actually have those teeth until he's 5 to 7 years old.

Baby teeth are also sometimes called primary teeth. They start to make their appearance when a baby is between 4 and 7 months old. Most kids have all 20 of their baby teeth by their third birthdays.

Baby teeth serve several important ...Read more

Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips To Keep Your Balance

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Just when I feel like I'm on top of my game with work, I realize my house is a mess. I clean up my house, and I discover my kids have gone off the rails. I focus on my kids for a bit, and my relationship is in a tailspin. Today more than ever, I'm finding it very hard to keep my balance. The undertow of stress and change are so great they sweep ...Read more



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