Pacifier Weaning | Banish The Binky

Pacifier weaning is a struggle for many parents. Some toddlers are firmly attached to comfort items, also called transitional objects, like a  blankie or stuffed animal, and take them along everyone they go, pacifier is a comfort item that can cause speech and other medical issues long term. The attachment to a comfort item usually begins when young toddlers recognize that sometimes mom […]

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Lying Preteen | How to Stop Your Child From Lying

Navigating the stormy waters of the preteen years can be a challenge, and a lying preteen is pretty common. Some preteens may think that telling a lie is an easy way to deal with difficult situations they encounter. If you discover your preteen has been a little less than truthful, here is how to put an end to this type of behavior. First, keep in mind that […]

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Child Therapy | When to See a Therapist

Parents often find themselves navigating stormy waters at different times during their child’s emotional and behavioral development. Due to a common misconception that ‘bad behavior is always caused by bad parenting,’ parents often blame themselves for their child’s behavioral issue and then assume changing their parenting style is the solution. However, modifying your parenting style may not be enough if a mental health issue is behind your […]

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Energy Saving Tips | Save Money on Electricity

Taking some simple steps to conserve energy reduces the percentage of your monthly household budget spent on utility bills. Your family will also be helping protect the environment by conserving energy resources. Here are some energy saving tips to make your home more energy efficient. If you have a gas furnace, consider installing a programmable thermostat. In the winter, program the thermostat so that the temperature is about 68 degrees […]

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Marriage Advice | Big Marriage Myths

There are many pieces of marriage advice and ideas about how marriage should work that are actually myths and may be harmful to your marriage. Here are some of the most common ones and why they are closer to fiction than fact. If I find ‘The Right One’, we won’t have to work hard to make our marriage […]

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Tips for a Healthy Marriage | Parenting and Marriage

Parenting young children can mean that every minute of your day feels spoken for, and it is all too easy to spend more time snuggling your precious baby than you spend snuggling your husband.  Keeping your marriage healthy should be top priority, though, since the well-being of children is greatly affected by the quality of their parents’ marriage. Here are a few tips for a healthy marriage […]

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Mom Groups | Why Networking is Important for Moms

Each of us has a desire to belong to a community filled with other people who share our interests, and new moms and moms who have recently relocated are no exception. Here are some reasons why building a network of supportive mom group friends is very important for moms and some tips to help you begin constructing one. When you need advice, […]

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Pediatric Stroke | Notice the Symptoms

A stroke is a medical condition that occurs when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted and brain cells are deprived of oxygen. It is in common misconception that only adults have strokes. Anyone of any age can experience a stroke, including infants, children, and teens. Certain factors, such as a congenital heart defect, maternal high blood pressure during pregnancy, or head or neck […]

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Artificial Sweeteners | Sugar Substitutions, An Unhealthy Solution

Many of us choose to drink diet sodas and eat sugar-free treats sweetened with artificial sweeteners, believing that they will help us lose weight and have no negative side effects. A recently published study has called this into question. In this study, researchers found artificial sweeteners can cause glucose intolerance, which leads to high blood sugar, in both mice and a group of human volunteers. […]

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Speech Disorders in Toddlers | Signs of a Speech Delay

Speech is defined as the ability to produce and form the sounds used in the words we speak, and is a skill needed to communicate and interact with the world around us. Speech skills have their own developmental milestones associated with them, which parents can use to track their child’s progress.  Speech disorders in toddlers are sometimes dismissed as ‘He’s just shy’ or “He will […]

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