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Pacifiers: Are they good for your baby?
Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Most babies have a strong sucking reflex. Some babies even suck their thumbs or fingers before they're born. Beyond nutrition, sucking often has a soothing, calming effect. That's why many parents rank pacifiers as must haves, right up there with diaper wipes and baby swings. But are pacifiers really OK for your baby? Although the answer to that question is often debated, the American Academy of Pediatrics gives pacifiers the green light."

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Troubled Teens Wizard Troubled Teens Schools and Programs
Monday, August 02, 2010

Troubled Teens Schools and Programs including resources to, a directory of therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, boot camps, wilderness therapy, alternative schools for troubled teens and transitional independent living programs. Find troubled teens programs and schools that are All Girls, All Boys or Coed and much more.

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Tips for Parents: 121 Stress Relievers
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Life is stressful.  If we’re fortunate enough to have a lot of resources to tap into, such as trips to the spa, grandma always ready to take the kids, or a personal home gym—we may be better able to handle the bumps of life.  But many of us don’t have these kinds of options.  That’s where we have to get creative and find ways to de-stress using the resources we do have.  These 121 Stress Relievers will help.

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What Should Students Read?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"When looking at what students are required to read in school in 2010, it might as well be 1960. We need visionary educators who see bold purposes for school and who understand that what students read in school has profound, lifelong effects, both good and bad."

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Tips for Parents: Girls' Body Image
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

In Tips for Parents: Girls' Body Image, learn how the media significantly impacts how girls view themselves and identify ways to help them build positive self esteem and confidence by questioning the media's messages.

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Breastfeeding vs. Bottle feeding
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"There are advantages and disadvantages to both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Ultimately the decision should be made by the parents. The following table outlines several of the issues that need to be considered when making the decision on whether to breastfeed, bottle-feed, or a combination of the two."

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Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"Considerable advances have occurred in recent years in the scientific knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding, the mechanisms underlying these benefits, and in the clinical management of breastfeeding. This policy statement on breastfeeding replaces the 1997 policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics and reflects this newer knowledge and the supporting publications. The benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, the mother, and the community are summarized, and recommendations to guide the pediatrician and other health care professionals in assisting mothers in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding for healthy term infants and high-risk infants are presented."

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Breast-feeding vs. formula: What's right for your baby?
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

You know the benefits of breast-feeding. Still, a decision to use infant formula — alone or in combination with breast-feeding — shouldn't lead to guilt. Here's insight from a Mayo Clinic specialist.

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Disposable diapers
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"You'll change thousands of diapers by the time your child is 2 to 3 years old and ready for the potty. Fortunately, diaper quality is better than ever, which makes the task easier. Your first major decision in the diaper department will be between the cloth or disposable kind (see our report on cloth diapers). Both kinds have their benefits and drawbacks. On the one hand, disposable diapers are undeniably convenient, but they're also costly: You can expect to spend $1,500 to $2,000 or more on disposables by the time your baby is out of them."

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Day Care: Choosing a Good Center
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Whether you are considering a commercial day care center or one in someone's home, you should check it out carefully. Ask questions of the staff. Talk to parents of other children at the day care center. Look over the center carefully. This handout gives you a list of questions to get started.

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Finding and Selecting Good Child Care: A Guide for Parents Returning to Work
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A big question for anyone going back to work is, "Who will take care of my children?" Finding good child care takes time and thought. Parents need to think about the types of child care programs, what good child care is and which arrangement best meets their needs.

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How to find good daycare
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Approach your daycare search as you would a job hunt. Be thorough, do your homework, and start your quest early — six months before you'll need it isn't too soon, especially if you live in a large city where daycare slots fill up faster than subway cars during rush hour. Once you find a promising daycare center or home daycare, you'll need to take a few steps to make sure it's one you want to stick with. We've outlined the process for you below.

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Circumcision for baby boys: Weighing the pros and cons
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

For some parents, circumcision is a religious ritual. It can also be a matter of family tradition, personal hygiene or preventive health care. For others, however, the procedure seems unnecessary or disfiguring.

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Circumcision: Medical Pros and Cons
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The issue of circumcision is as controversial as it ever has been. There are well-known religious, social, and medical reasons to recommend circumcision; however, most major medical societies have taken an "impartial" view of the procedure, neither recommending nor renouncing the practice.

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Circumcision
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Whether you're expecting a baby boy or have just welcomed your new little guy into the world, you have an important decision to make before you take your son home: whether to circumcise him.

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Pets and a New Baby
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting ready for a new family member is a busy, exciting time. In addition to all that you need to do to prepare for the new baby, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier for your pets.

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Should I Have My Son Circumcised?
Monday, October 06, 2008

Routine circumcision is no longer recommended by most pediatricians.  However, there are reasons some parents opt to have their sons circumcised.  Learn more about circumcision, the reasons for and against it, and get a worksheet that will help you weigh your decision.

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The Flexibility Alliance
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Supporting Flexible Work for Mothers.  With relevant news links, tools to help parents propose flexible schedules to their employers, online forums, and resources for employers.

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Should We Have Our Son Circumcised?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reasons for and against circumcision from the American Academy of Pediatricians. 

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Should I Go Back to Work After My Baby is Born?
Monday, March 17, 2008

From the American Academy of Pediatricians, this article discusses why women work, the impact of a decision to work on a child, conflicts that may arise, how to find family time, the importance of quality child care, and more.

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Selecting the Right Pet for Your Family and Making the Introduction
Monday, March 17, 2008

Answers to questions like "How old should my child be before we get a pet?" and "What kind of dog should we get?"

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Preparing Siblings for A New Baby
Monday, March 17, 2008

Ways to get your child ready for the new addition to the family.

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The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Shaken Baby Syndrome often occurs when a parent or caregiver becomes frustrated or angry with an infant’s crying and shakes it hard.  The shaking can cause severe brain damage and even death.  Get tips for coping with a baby's crying.

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La Leche League
Thursday, March 06, 2008

The most comprehensive information about breastfeeding anywhere.  Also available in Spanish. 

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Formula Feeding Basics
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From Family Education.  Why use formula, the differences in formulas, what’s healthy and not healthy, and how to choose the best formula for your baby.

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Five Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From the National Association of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies.  This website also includes a child care connector, and extensive information about choosing a child care provider, licensing and accreditation, and other helpful tools and resources. Also available in Spanish.

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Families and Work Institute
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A non-profit, non-partisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, the changing workplace, the changing family and the changing community.  With informative and useful publications like “Making Work "Work": New Ideas from the Winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility”, and “The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference?”

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Deciding to Work After Baby is Born
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

This article discusses the issues most parents face when deciding whether or not to go back to work after baby is born: money, priorities, emotional issues, trust, shared responsibilities, career goals, and employer flexibility.

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Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers
Monday, March 03, 2008

This discussion of which is best takes into consideration skin and health concerns, cost, the environment, and convenience. 

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Catalyst Information Center
Monday, March 03, 2008

With links to resource organizations for careers and job hunting, mentoring and networking, scholarships and grants, entrepreneur resources, and more for parents seeking alternative work arrangements such as job sharing, telecommuting, flex-time, and home-based businesses.

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Breastfeeding Versus Formula Feeding
Monday, March 03, 2008

Includes the advantages and challenges of breastfeeding and formula feeding, recommendations from leading health organizations, and more.  Also available in Spanish.

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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
Monday, March 03, 2008

From FamilyDoctor.org, learn how you can still breastfeed your baby after returning to work.

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ASPCA Animaland
Friday, February 29, 2008

The ASPCA's kids' site.  With tips for being responsible pet owners, a Pet of the Week, Spotlight, and News features.

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Alliance for Work-Life Progress
Friday, February 29, 2008

AWLP advances work-life effectiveness as a strategy for better integration of work, family and community. AWLP, an entity of World at Work, is a "national center of work-life expertise that defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, and provides thought leadership.”

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