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The Transition to Motherhood: A Reality Check

The following experiences are almost universal – yet they catch many of us off guard. If you have been judging yourself as a success or a failure at this mommy stuff based on what you had imagined motherhood would be like, read on.

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Barbecue Season? Then Do It Right

Warm weather is the ideal time to cook out: more people cook outdoors in summer than any other time of the year. But warm temperatures are also ideal for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply and cause foodborne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

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In Daycare Centers, Cleanliness Is a Must

Daycare centers have become a way of life in America. More than half of all mothers of children too young to care for themselves hold jobs outside the home. For them–indeed for millions of American families–day-care centers provide a service that is a necessity. If both parents work, a solo parent caring for a child must work, or other family support systems are inadequate, child day care answers a critical need. Unfortunately, though, it often provides something else.

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby?

Most expectant mothers will do whatever they can to safeguard the health of their unborn child. For example, many will stop drinking caffeinated beverages and alcohol and quit smoking. But these women may be surprised to find that something as simple as brushing and flossing their teeth can help reduce the risk of delivering a baby of low birth weight.

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Can Candy Hurt You?

By and large, candy isn’t considered a threat to health, with the exception of the hazard of dental caries, or tooth decay. By definition, candy contains sugar, which is the prime source of sustenance for the ever-present bacteria responsible for cavities.

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Attention Disorder: Overcoming the Deficit

In ADHD, brain areas ruling attention and inhibition don’t work very well. Most children with ADHD are inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive. In teenagers, the hyperactivity often quiets to a restlessness. For some, paying attention is their biggest problem. Others are mainly impulsive and hyperactive.

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Health Claims: Separating Fact From Fiction

Health fraud, or quackery, is a business that sells false hope.

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Baby Your Newborn’s Eyes

Parents can help ensure that their babies grow to see the world through healthy eyes. Doctors encourage parents to carefully observe their baby’s eye development and to provide their newborns with special stimulation to promote full visual development.

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Check Your Eye-Q: Test Your Knowledge Of Basic Vision Care

Recognizing the signs of vision problems and knowing when to have a professional eye exam are crucial for ensuring good vision, reports the Better Vision Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of quality eyecare.

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Twelve Ways to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Costs

Insurance is a very competitive business and the price you pay for your homeowners insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the insurance company you buy your policy from. Companies offer several types of discounts, but they don’t offer the same discount or the same amount of discount in all states. That’s why you should ask your agent or company representative about any discounts available to you. Here are some things to consider when buying homeowners insurance.

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Infant Formula: Second Best but Good Enough

A century ago, babies who couldn’t be breast-fed usually didn’t survive. Today, although breast-feeding is still the best nourishment for infants, infant formula is a close enough second that babies not only survive but thrive.

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Hair: From Personal Statement to Personal Problem

From the shaved heads of medieval monks, to the long-haired hippies of the ’60s, to the spiked hairdos of today’s punk rockers, hair has always made a personal statement. Because of its importance, anything that happens to our hair that we can’t control – falling out or turning gray, for instance – can be the source of much anxiety.

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The ABC’s of Financing A College Education

If you are the proud parent of a student who will start college this fall, chances are you’ve been trying to figure out how the two of you are going to pay for that college degree. Fortunately, financial help is available.

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Kid-Friendly Closets… As Easy As 1-2-3

Parents beware the bite of the fashion bug! Most children begin to form opinions about their personal style between the ages of 2 and 3, says Dr. Marian Krauskopf, a family psychologist – At that point, it’s time to spend some quality time with your pint-sized style setter and begin to organize a kid-friendly closet…

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How to Give Medicine to Children

When it comes to giving children medicine, a little imagination never hurts. But what’s more important is vigilance: giving the medicine at the right time at the right dose, avoiding interactions between drugs, watching out for tampering, and asking your child’s doctor or the pharmacist about any concerns you may have.

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Family Life: A Survival Guide

Family life is really the seven ages of man distilled into intense periods of utterly differing lifestyles. Just as you think you are nearly a grown-up, with a first home under your belt, a bit of overseas travel, and a bank account that nearly balances, you give it all up and start a family.

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Secrets for a Stress-Free Dinner Party

Entertaining is a traditional part of the holidays. As such, it should bring joy and not stress to this special time of year. If you plan to play host to friends and family this holiday season, you’ll be glad to know there are ways to have an elegant party without a lot of effort.

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