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Back Sleeping: The Most Recommended Baby Sleeping Position

Back Sleeping: The Most Recommended Baby Sleeping Position

Not all sleeping positions are created equal. Believe it or not, some sleeping positions are not safe and can put your baby’s life at risk. If you finally got baby to sleep, knowing the right sleeping position is as important as feeding your child, it could - save the life.

Checking your sleeping newborn is normal. It only shows you want to make sure everything is fine.…

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Added by Tina Smith on January 2, 2017 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Routines are for more than just bedtimes

The bedtime routine is a battleground. There is the reluctance to get it started, the whining during each step and a six-year-old's attempted negotiations that have to get shut down. After years of this, we are getting somewhat closer to the stage of acceptance and I know that one day, I can send him off to do his nightly…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 28, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments

What do you mean "lockdown"?

My son came home from school talking about how they had a lockdown drill. I didn't know what that was. He explained the procedure they followed to lock themselves in a classroom and to stay out of sight "in case a burglar or bad person" came into the school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Extending the boundaries of play

My son is looking at me incredulously. "All the way to the edges? Are you sure?"



Yup, I'm sure.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2016 at 7:09am — No Comments

Love now = love later on in life

It must have been a particularly bad dream.



My son doesn't have bad dreams very often, but this one was awful enough for him to leave his bed, make his way down the stairs and traverse through the dark all the way to our bedroom. I woke at the sound of our door opening. He wasn't crying, but I did let him…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 19, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments

Lay me back to sleep

I am a back sleeper. I try not to be, because I am more likely to snore when I sleep on my back (sorry, honey!). So, I try to sleep on my side, but I know that at some point during the night, I will roll over to my back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2016 at 7:01am — No Comments

Roaming away from home

When I was little, I had set parameters for how far I was allowed to go in my neighborhood unsupervised. Of course, "unsupervised" is a loose term here, because there were always people sitting on their front porches in our small town, but the point is that my parents were not expected to constantly hover over me. And that was great for me, because sometimes I wanted to get in some swing time and my parents didn't have to take me to the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 30, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments

Summer Fun Safety Tips for the Kiddos

Kids of all ages look forward to the warm summer months. What's not to love about being out of school and spending lots of time outside? Whether it’s swimming in a lake or the backyard pool, hiking through the woods, bike riding, playing in the sprinklers or…

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Added by Cheryl Bills on June 21, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Park Safety Tips That Every Parent Needs To Know

Summertime is almost here, Finally! The children are almost free from long days at school and are most likely ready to rip and run. Before piling the kids in the car and heading out for fun park adventures be sure to read over these park safety tips. Each year over 200,000 children…

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Added by Nicole Williams on June 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Maybe you won't have to nag your teen for a while

Last week I wrote about nagging your teen into being a safe driver. Maybe you won't need to worry about that after all. As it turns out, we have less teen drivers today than we've had in…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

If you are going to nag your teen, nag them about this

My son really, really wants to start the car for me.



He is equal parts excited and unsure in this request. But excitement quickly overrules everything when I say yes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

No news is good news (for young children)

It happened at breakfast. I don't know why these things happen over breakfast. Maybe it is the quietness of the morning. Or the contemplative nature of maple syrup. But that is when my son started randomly telling me the story of how the twin towers fell on 9/11.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

That time I got burnt by a sparkler

As the Fourth of July arrives, I am filled with childhood memories of summer: going to camp and catching fireflies, of riding bikes and when Dad fired up the grill because it was too hot for Mom to use the oven every night. I can even remember the one summer there was a lunar eclipse and I was allowed to stay up and watch it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 3, 2015 at 6:43am — 2 Comments

Biting the hand that feeds you

Our family cat is 15 years old. She has been "retired" for the last five years and is no longer required to kill any bugs that creep into our home. She enjoys a life of relaxation, attention on her terms and pampered quiet.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 9, 2015 at 6:35am — 3 Comments

1000 photos in five years

How many photos do you have from your childhood? I am lucky - I had two parents who weren't afraid to break out the camera for holidays, vacations or even everyday events and didn't let the price of processing film scare them off. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2015 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

The PSAs that still haunt me

With all the television that I watched as a child, I recall there being an awful lot of Public Service Announcements. There was the egg one about your brain on drugs (and the other drug one where the frying pan destroyed the kitchen), and all the more you…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Another Kind of Family Planning: 5 Tips for Surviving a Disaster

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Added by Gabby Revel on March 10, 2015 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Stalking your children with technology

We had a sound/video baby monitor in my son's bedroom for the first two-and-a-half years of his life. Through that little camera, I watched him sleep, kick out of his blankets, sit up in his bed, and even saw the time our cat ended up in his crib and meowed out for help when she realized she was trapped.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments

The risks of independent children

When I was little, I walked everywhere: To school, to my best friend's house, to the park across the street and to the park a few blocks away. Sometimes my brother was with me; sometimes he wasn't. As I got older, I walked more places: To the store to get milk, to the theater to volunteer as an usher and sometimes I just walked for exercise.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 21, 2015 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

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