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The Power of Pretend Play

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Wait! Don’t panic when your child plays doctor with her stuffed animals. It’s a normal and healthy rite of passage. Leslie Kramer’s 4-year-old daughter, Georgia, enjoys playing with dolls. Scratch that. She is obsessed by it. Her two favorites, Cha Cha and Miss Piddy, go with her everywhere – on errands in the car, out… Read more »

Baby daze: Stress-free days with a new infant

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Many couples plan for the wedding, but not for the marriage. A similar situation often occurs when expectant parents anticipate their baby’s arrival. They plan for labor and delivery, but don’t consider the difficulties of the postpartum months. I made the same mistake. I bought all of the nursery supplies and had my hospital bag… Read more »

Keep it Calm for Baby!

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Let us grant your wish for a sweet first party. Your child’s first birthday is a momentous occasion, but the party should be like her – gentle, peaceful and loving. Little Sally won’t remember the bounce house or the decorations or even the gifts, so plan a relaxing party to celebrate her first birthday. Here… Read more »

Conquering Your First Year as a Mom

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Know what to expect of your post-pregnancy self … and embrace it! Sandy Walker watched in horror the image she saw in her bathroom mirror. No, it wasn’t a ghost or even the sight of her 4-year-old cutting her hair. It was Sandy’s post-natal body … sagging, bulging, stretch marks and all. During pregnancy you… Read more »

Find Friends & Support in Parent Groups

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Connecting with a local – or even national – group may be just the thing you need.   Nine-and-a-half years ago, I left my teaching position at a community college to stay at home full time with my newborn son. Shortly afterwards, my husband accepted a job transfer to northern Vermont. Our first long, cold… Read more »

We COULD Save More Babies’ Lives

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Metabolic disorders take the life of one baby in every 4,500. Metabolic disorders take the life of one baby in every 4,500. About 24 hours after birth, a nurse takes a small blood sample from each infant . The blood is dropped onto a piece of filter paper and sent to the Department of Health,… Read more »

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