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Too much, Too fast?

B. S. asks from Palm Bay

I just recently started my 4 month old on baby food. He has done great! He loves it so much he cries out for more when its gone, although I don't want to over feed him. I do have one concern, he now has been pooping 2 to 3 times a day. Is this normal? Before starting baby...

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Finding Your Something

About ten years ago, my high school students had an esteemed guest visit our theater class – Barbara Deutsch. Not only is she a dynamic, highly successful career and acting coach, the creator of the Barbara Deutsch Approach, but she is also my bestie’s mother-in-law. She told a very simple story which really resonated with my students. I will attempt to paraphrase the story, but for those of you out there really looking for some insight, you should go directly to the source. Nonetheless, this is story I recall :… More


Puppy Questions--Do you use a harness?

O. L. asks from Long Beach

We have an 11-month old, active puppy. She is on the smaller side and wears a harness (not a collar). She wears it 24-7. We use it for walking, of course. And sometimes we lift her by it--it's a supportive chest/back harness (for example, if she's getting into the car, mi...

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A Conversation on Body Image: There is No Scale in Our House

Body image has been a concern for me as a mama, since Harper was a baby. Of course body image isn’t a concern for a baby, but I knew that it would be a concern I would have to face, or more honestly put, that Harper would face as she got older. My family has a history with poor body image and with eating disorders, but even if we didn’t I know how mean girls can be. I know the pressure young girls face, even at a way to early age (I’m not sure what is an appropriate age to start worrying about our looks and obsessing over our weight, but I am sure that elementary school is too darned early)…. More


Child's father Rant

T. H. asks from Arlington

Before I get started. We do not have a custody order, n o I do not want to be with my child's father anymore. He does pay child support. Update: I had to come back an update this again. Some of you ladies are assuming that I am the one picking fights with my kids fat...

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Cure for the plague of the SCARY SPIDERS?!

K. M. asks from Kent

So about 4 days ago, my kid came home from her daycare stuck on scary spiders. Roughly once an hour, she's like AAHHH!! SCARY SPIDER!! And she comes and gets me to come find the "spider" (which doesn't exist) freaking out, and she can't tell me exactly where it is. we've ...

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Home Care vs. Daycare: What's Right for My Baby?

You can choose the wrong size diapers or screw up your swaddling technique, but deciding on child care is one parenting choice you want to get right the first time. If you’re lucky, you’ll have multiple options to consider, including both established daycare centers and providers who work out of their homes. But how to choose? To find out how to make that call, we talked to Tina Pascoe, a nurse who works with Nurses for Daycare, a Connecticut-based consulting and training firm that specializes in health and safety of child care centers…. More


5 Ways to Help Afford Your Family

Do you worry about money? Do your bills outweigh the amount of money you bring home each month? Are you paying the bills but want to have money left over to increase your savings? I’m sure a lot of you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions. The cost of living today is expensive and it will just keep increasing. If you have kids, they burn an even bigger hole in your pocket. According to CNN Money, it will cost an average of $233,610 to raise a child who was born within the last two years. That’s a lot of money! Since money doesn’t grow on trees (although that would be nice wouldn’t it?), I’m going to give you 5 ways that can help you afford your expenses…. More


Possible Suicidal Teenager?

A. B. asks from New York

For some people, this may be a no-brainer. For me, I simply don't know what to do. My 14 year old daughter (15 in two weeks) has always been a little overly dramatic. She's very outgoing, but she's also plagued with anxiety. She worries a lot about school and friends an...

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Frustrating dog habit/behavior

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

We have a standard poodle named Lucy. She is nearly 7 months old and such a joy! She is such a smart dog :) We have been so happy with her - not only is she a loving, happy dog, she has done really well with all her aspects of training, including picking up bell traini...

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Nanny severance? Or no severance? Help!

D. P. asks from New York

We've had the same beloved nanny/babysitter for our daughter (now 13) since she was born. When my daughter turned 11 we started sharing her (50-50) with another family in our building. Money is tight and my husband and I had been talking for a while about wanting to cut...

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