And You Will Have Kids

The birth of a child is a wonderful, exciting time.  So why do you feel so crummy?

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Having a child is a life changing event, no matter if the child is your first, or your fifth child.  Decades ago, when people were less transient, new mothers had a strong support network which included family and friends.  This support network helped reduce the stresses that parenting an infant brings.

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Crying is completely normal behavior for babies.  However, some babies cry quite often and are harder to calm.  If you have a child like this, it can be very discouraging: it’s heartbreaking to not be able to help your child; it’s also stressful when a baby cries and can’t be settled. 

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It’s time to start shopping for “back to school” items.  Getting your children ready to go back to school can be a costly prospect.  There are some things you can do to minimize costs, however. (more…)

Sooner or later, it happens: your toddler decides she’s outgrown her nap time.  What happens if she’s really not ready(or you aren’t ready) for this to be the case? 

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When you are expecting a child, your health care practitioner will most likely ask you to do several things: get regular health care check ups as requested by your health care practitioner, complete a child birth education class, and create a birth plan.

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Dear “And You Will Have Kids”:

I have 3 teens and it seems that we are constantly fighting over clothing choices, music choices, and other such things. When I try to set boundaries, my children tell me that I am old-fashioned and that most of their friends are doing the same things that I am refusing to allow.  I am at my wit’s end!

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You may or may not get the option to “plan” your pregnancies.  Sometimes, life plans things for you!  If you are considering having children, here are five important things to consider before making that life changing decision. (more…)

A friend of mine recently attended an “eco-friendly” baby shower.  I thought the concept was an interesting one.  How do you put on an eco-friendly shower? (more…)

At one time, pregnant women were limited as to what they could wear.  Most clothes consisted of simple pants and frilly over-sized maternity shirts. Not anymore!  There are many styles of clothing that expecting mothers can buy during their pregnancy.

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Just because you have a toddler doesn’t mean that you are limited to eating fast food.  Believe it or not, you can take your toddler out to eat at a restaurant !  It does require some advance planning though!

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Of course, everyone hopes for an easy pregnancy free from complications or concerns.  Sometimes, life hands you the unexpected.  How do you survive a pregnancy on bed rest? One day at a time. (more…)

During summer, many children attend sleep-away camp.  If your child will be gone a while a camp, you may wish to send letters and packages to keep in touch.  Here are some ideas to let your child know that you are thinking of him or her without stiffling their independence. (more…)

When I was a kid, I remember “back to school shopping” at Sears.  Yes, that dates me, doesn’t it?  My mother would take us shopping for the entire week  before school started in order to buy us new shoes, lunch boxes, book bags, and clothes for the upcoming school year.

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When I worked as a teacher, I remember that I disliked September for many reasons.  One of the reasons was because of the fact that most of the month was spent reviewing concepts from the past school year.   Parents and teachers know that unless a plan is created during the summer to practice and review concepts, there is definitely a regression during the summer.

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