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4 Steps to Host a Perfect Baby Shower By Mail

4 Steps to Host a Perfect Baby Shower By Mail

Baby Shower by Mail With heightened concern about doing much of anything outside our homes due to COVID-19, it's fair to say a lot of people have put plans, both big and small, on hold. Business trips have been canceled, weddings postponed, and even sports were put on pause for much of 2020. But there's one thing no one could delay: new babies arriving. Truthfully, there is no "normal" time to become a new parent. Right now, though? What a time to have your whole life change! Anyone who has had a baby this year is likely overwhelmed. And with…
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Obesity in Children: An Epidemic & A Change

Obesity in Children: An Epidemic & A Change

Here's the thing about childhood obesity. It's hard to notice the difference between baby fat, which the child will outgrow, and obesity until it becomes too late. If left untreated, pediatric obesity will become a real issue for you and your child.  In 2018, there were more than 40 million children globally under the age of five who were considered obese. And in the US, obesity in children is a real epidemic, which is proven by the following statistics:  Around 9.4% of children aged between two and five are obese, and 1.7% are seriously obese. The age group of six to 11 years…
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Children and Fast Food: How to Change Your Child’s Diet

Children and Fast Food: How to Change Your Child’s Diet

How does fast food contribute to obesity in children? There are health issues for children who eat fast food routinely. Find out how you can change your child's diet for the better! Obesity in children is on the rise. Unfortunately, the fast-food industry is there to stimulate it. With busy parents and the availability of junk-food options, children would rather eat out than at home. Most junk food restaurants use flavor enhancers to make their dishes more appealing. This makes fast food taste better than healthier versions, especially for kids. These flavor enhancers, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), can also…
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How to Find a Surrogate and What Steps You Have to Take

How to Find a Surrogate and What Steps You Have to Take

Being a parent doesn't just come from giving birth. Whether you give birth, choose adoption, or surrogacy, this is going to be the most rewarding part of your life. Surrogacy is an amazing option for those who cannot have children on their own. Keep reading to find out how to find a surrogate mother and what steps you have to take. For those who are looking to have a baby, this can be a beautiful and tough experience. Whether you are in a same-sex partnership, without a partner, or in a relationship where you're unable to have children naturally, surrogacy…
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Benefits of Children Playing Dress-up

Benefits of Children Playing Dress-up

As children, we all enjoyed dressing up in costumes for Halloween, school plays, or our make-believe games. This allowed us to explore our imaginations and play out roles emulating real-life characters. We played a vast array of professional characters or our friends and family, as well as fairy tales. When it comes to our children, encouraging them to dress up in costumes can help mold their future. It widens their horizons to the personalities and professions they can grow into; this form of play is very important. The benefits of children playing dress-up are countless, but we'll go over the…
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Understanding Child Support Rules: 6 Things Everyone Should Know

Understanding Child Support Rules: 6 Things Everyone Should Know

\ If you're court-ordered to pay child support, or are in the process of being placed on child support, you need to know a few child support rules. Although it's important for those paying child support to know the laws behind it, it's also important for those receiving child support to understand a few rules as well. The child support system can become confusing at times, and it might not be until several court dates later when you finally begin receiving it or paying it. No matter where you stand in the situation, you need to have a good understanding…
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4 Postpartum Depression Symptoms & What You Need to Know

4 Postpartum Depression Symptoms & What You Need to Know

Postpartum depression, also known as the “baby blues,” is quite common. It affects about 80% of new mothers, and people assume that mothers who were not ready to have a baby are mostly affected. However, any new mother can suffer from postpartum depression. A newborn wreaks havoc to a once organized life. These changes can be overwhelming, but when dealing with depression-you can get help.  Unexplained bouts of sadness Unexplained bouts of sadness is a common symptom of postpartum depression. Some mothers feel overwhelming sadness and cannot point to the source of their grief. Some go as far as crying, and…
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5 Types of Mom and Daughter Activities You Should Try

5 Types of Mom and Daughter Activities You Should Try

5 Types of Mom and Daughter Activities You Should Try Mom and daughter activities are a great way to bond with your little girl. Healthy connections with your children are essential, and nurturing a healthy mother-daughter relationship is especially crucial to long-term happiness. According to some research, for every negative interaction, a child has with their parents, there need to be five positive ones. Another report published by Psychology Today found that the relationship between a mother and her daughter would likely be the most important family relationship of either of their lives. With this in mind, it’s time to…
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10 Essential Money Management Lessons To Benefit Your Kids

10 Essential Money Management Lessons To Benefit Your Kids

10 Essential Money Management Lessons To Benefit Your Kids School teaches your children many things, but money management isn’t one of them. Their only chance of learning about financial matters and being financially responsible at a young age would be you, their parents. Your children are never too young to be exposed to money matters. In fact, it’s better to start teaching financial literacy for kids so by the time they reach adulthood, they already know how to manage their finances with ease and live smoother lives as a result. Here are ten essential ideas for money management lessons that…
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Indoor Snow Day Activities for Your Kids This Winter

Indoor Snow Day Activities for Your Kids This Winter

Indoor Snow Day Activities for Your Kids This Winter by Candice Shaffer of 888 at Grand Park Hope, The Belnord, Brooklyn Point, EVGB, and The Rennie As the winter trudges on, the temperature only stands to get colder. This meaning one thing for parents: snow days are in store. While these days off may be a fun break for kids, for parents, they can be a minefield. There’s tons of time to fill and many of your kids’ preferred activities outside of the house, from play gyms to music classes, are closed due to the weather. That's when you need indoor…
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Organizing the Playroom and Keeping it Safe for Kids

Organizing the Playroom and Keeping it Safe for Kids

Organizing the Playroom and Keeping it Safe for Kids By Emma Harper As kitchen or bedroom is to parents, playroom is to children. It is our children’s haven that makes them feel alive and happy. It is easily cluttered and you are easily put off by the mess that the little tots with little hands are capable of leaving. Keeping the playroom clean and organized is a challenge to parents who can hardly find time to do the many tasks they are dealt with every single day. But there’s no other way to go around it. Apart from cleanliness and…
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7 Life Skills For Teens to Learn Before Going Off to College

7 Life Skills For Teens to Learn Before Going Off to College

Parenting a teenager comes with its own set of joys and struggles. Though they can be stubborn as all get out, the reality is they are just trying to figure out the world around them. In those teenage years, they are dealing with a multitude of changes. Hormones are kicking in, drama with friends, dating and curfews are just a few things that are going on that they are trying to navigate. If that wasn’t enough, the anxiety of getting ready for college and the world outside their parent’s home is ever looming. They are excited, but often have no…
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How to Get Kids to Do Chores Without Whining

How to Get Kids to Do Chores Without Whining

      With four children, my house can quickly become a disaster! Between all the therapies, doctors visits, sport, work, and every thing else, I just cannot clean it all up on my own!  I have four little helpers to get the job done. That being said, boy do they whine about it!  Thankfully, our friend Sury  (founder of The Only Canister Vacuum) has offered up some awesome solutions to that problem!  So I will let her take it from here!   Every mom dreams of having help with the household chores. But many times, it’s easier to do…
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