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Your Baby's First Year: Coping with Crying

Every baby cries — some just cry more often and more intensely than others. Your infant, as intelligent as he is, doesn't have the capacity to communicate with you at this point in time except through [more…]

Moving Your Baby to Solid Foods

Naturally, you may get a lot of conflicting advice, such as Aunt Wanda's persistent instructions to start feeding your baby table food at 2 months old, but the age actually differs. You may wonder when [more…]

Exploring Sleep Solutions for Twins

If you have twins, you need all the help you can get, especially at bedtime. Twins often have special sleep issues (for instance, many are premature or smaller-than-average and need extra feedings). They [more…]

Keeping Your Safety in Mind as You Date

Dating can be scary and fun and challenging, but you want it to be that way for all the right reasons — not because you haven't taken reasonable precautions about your own safety. Just as you look both [more…]

Searching for a Reputable Adoption Agency

When looking for an adoption agency, your goal is to find one that is honest, ethical, and licensed; has several years of experience; and places many children each year. You want the staff to be competent [more…]

Single-Parenting Skill: Really Listening to Your Children

Each of your children is a one-of-a-kind person. Don't make the mistake of lumping them into a one-size-fits-all relationship. You need to handle each child's idiosyncrasies a little differently. Your [more…]

Dealing with Anticipatory Grief and Caregiving

Anticipatory grief is the name given to the angst and sorrow that accompanies the knowledge that your loved one almost certainly is going to die from whatever disease or debilitating condition he's suffering [more…]

Family Reunion Crash Course: Family Dynamics

Your family members have unique personalities and sometimes these personalities can clash — big time. Clashing personalities can result in hard feelings and unexpected reactions among family members. This [more…]

Single-Parenting Challenge: Dealing with Former In-Laws

When you divorced your husband, did you divorce his family, too? If your wife passed away, do you maintain a relationship with her family? Or are you willing to accept their gifts of love, support, and [more…]

Taking a Look at Empty-Nest Syndrome

A common misconception is that when a couple's children leave home, Mom and Dad will develop empty-nest syndrome. Yes, they may have an empty nest, but for some couples, their love life blossoms during [more…]

Recognizing an Elder's Efforts to Hide Distressful Emotions

People frequently protect themselves from the pain of their own emotions (including anxiety, resentment, frustration, and depression) by hiding these feelings — from themselves and from others. They often [more…]

Post-Divorce: Ensuring that Spousal Payments Arrive

After your divorce is final, your ex-spouse may not make the spousal support payments he or she agreed to make. This may occur because your ex is angry about the divorce, resents having to send you money [more…]

Choosing Grandparents for Your Childcare Needs

Each working day, more than 5 million grandparents in the United States provide childcare to their grandchildren. Although most of these child-care arrangements work out well for all concerned, not every [more…]

Recognizing the Pitfalls of Providing Eldercare

Understanding the dollar value of what you're providing — for free — is important to your sense of accomplishment. For example, care provided to Alzheimer disease sufferers by their family members would [more…]

Easing Your Child into Childcare

Your child's first day at a new child-care arrangement doesn't have to be the stuff of which nightmares are made. (Honestly.) Here are some practical approaches to making the transition as stress-free [more…]

Effects of Remarriage on a Child's Sleep Habits

A parent's divorce or widowhood is enough to disrupt a child's sleep pattern; and if romance and remarriage enter the picture, it's yet another major disruption. The following examples highlight some of [more…]

Making Your Family Reunion Memories Last a Lifetime

The older generations have a habit of slipping away when you least expect it. While you have the old-timers together at the family reunion, record their personal histories to share with future generations [more…]

Adjusting to Single-Parenthood: Your Mental Health

So, you're a onesy in a twosy world. Well, you're not the only single parent in town. You may be amazed to know that there are more than 10 million single-parent households in the United States alone — [more…]

Teaching Smart Kids Money Smarts

You know your child is successful when he understands dollars and cents. Smart kids know how to manage money. Sound attitudes about money cover budgeting, saving, and spending wisely. To fulfill your duties [more…]

Tuning Out the TV

When radio was at its zenith, families would gather around to listen to the stars of the day speak to them right in their living rooms, so early radio served as a unifier. In addition, in the early days [more…]

Enhancing the Atmosphere During the Birthing Process

Most delivery rooms are sterile-looking places because, in fact, they have to be germ-free. However, that doesn't mean that you can't do something to enhance the atmosphere while you're delivering your [more…]

Sharing the News: A Sibling's Expected

You may be at the time in your life when you expand your family. Oh happy, happy, joy, joy! But you may be wondering how your other children are going to respond to a new family member. That's a very good [more…]

Thinking about a Destination Wedding?

A destination wedding is a wedding ceremony and celebration held in a location away from where the bride or groom live. Basically it's your wedding, your way . . . just away. Because a destination wedding [more…]

Earning Perks for Your Destination Wedding

If you're planning a destination wedding, announce it to the world — you'll likely receive some surprising benefits. Destination-wedding perks can include VIP treatment at hotels, especially when you can [more…]

Children's Behavior: Preventing Tantrums while Shopping

You can reduce the number of times your children have outbursts in stores or other temper tantrums with a simple method of communication: Explain to your kids what you expect of them. Tell them how they [more…]

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