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Preparing Your Child for Baby #2

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One day you’re the center of your parents’ universe; the next, you’ve sharing the stage with someone younger, cuter and needier. At least, that’s what the arrival of a second child can feel like to the firstborn. Preparing an older child for this transition takes a lot of time and sensitivity. We talked to child development experts and parents who have been through this process to get some tips on how to do it…. More

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5 Movie Night Picks for the Family

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So you’ve finally gotten the family together all in one place at one time for…wait for it…Movie Night! But wait a minute. It’s one thing to go to a theater to catch a flick because it’s already rated. But at home? You’ve got to do a little research to make sure your choices are really family friendly. Melissa Locker is a writer and radio reporter in New York City. She interviews actors and filmmakers for papers and magazines such as The Guardian and Elle and can be heard each week on public radio show The Takeaway, reporting on TV and film. Locker asserts, “Movie night is long-standing tradition at my home and I love the challenge of finding a movie that we will all love, even though we all are different ages with different interests. One of my secrets is to dive into the past for old sci-fi films or animated features.” Here’s a handful of films that’ll fit the bill for everyone, young and not-so-young…. More

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How I Teach My Boys All About Girl Power

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It’s nearly impossible for me to go out and about with my boys without people asking me, “Are you going to go for the girl?” or “How does it feel to have only boys?” Frankly, it’s getting pretty annoying. I will be the first to admit that I was a little disappointed during my first ultrasound with my youngest son when I saw his “wee wee” waving at me, but it was for only a minute. Okay, maybe five minutes. Instead, I was so thrilled to hear that I was growing a healthy baby boy to cuddle, kiss, and love. And he had my nose!… More

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How to Pack for a Family Road Trip

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Whether you’re planning a beach vacation, a visit to Grandma’s or a quick weekend excursion, packing for a family road trip can be stressful and tricky. Depending on the ages of your children, you may struggle with what items you absolutely need to take—and what can safely be left behind. These expert tips and strategies can help you streamline the process…. More

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