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  1. Rite of Passage or Cry for Help?

    Your daughter is wearing bracelets and earrings you don't recognize or buying expensive gifts for friends. Your son's CD collection has suddenly grown. Or worse, you pick up the phone one day to hear a police voice: Your teenager has been picked up for shoplifting. Parental nightmare? Yes. But does

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  2. Having a Baby? Think Yoga

    If you're pregnant and thinking about taking a Lamaze class, you might want to consider yoga instead. "The connection between yoga and pregnancy, as far as the western world is concerned, goes back to the work of Dr. Fernand Lamaze in the mid-20th century," says Julio Kuperman, MD, head of the Divis

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  3. American Kids After 9/11

    The vast majority of American children probably were not traumatized by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, experts say. There are, however, clear exceptions, as research on kids in New York City shows. A study commissioned by the New York public school system six months after the attacks found that cit

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  4. Sleep Soundly During Pregnancy

    Every expectant mom knows that sleep will be catch-as-catch-can after her baby is born. But sleepless nights plague women throughout pregnancy, too. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that over three-quarters of women slept worse during pregnancy than they did when they weren't pregnant. What's

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  5. Girls Just Wanna Be Mean

    "They made it seem like something good, like an invitation or something," she says. "They were smiling. I opened it and it was written in all different colors of inks and handwriting, saying we don't want to be your friend, don't look at us, don't call us, don't come near us. Everyone put it a diffe

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  6. Staying Safe in the Surf

    A day at the beach can be, well, no day at the beach. So here are 10 things you need to take with you to fend off nature and return home unscathed -- and maybe even a little happier and more relaxed. Eagle eyes. "Make sure an adult is constantly watching young children," advises Deborah Mulligan-Smi

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  7. Family-Sized New Year's Resolutions.

    Oh, boy. Here it comes again. The usual time of the year when you say you are going to trim down on both the junk food and where it ends up on the waistline. The idea is as important as ever. But with America rediscovering the importance of family life, why not get everyone at home involved in the N

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  8. Beat the Heat When You're Expecting

    Whoever first rhapsodized about that glow pregnant women get must have been a man. If he'd asked a woman about it, she'd have given it to him straight: that's sweat, buster, and lots of it. And with mid-April's sudden temperature surge from springlike to sizzling in many parts of the country, expect

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  9. The Changing Face of Fatherhood.

    About a decade ago, while David and his wife were in the process of getting a divorce, she unexpectedly died of heart-related problems. Overnight, David was faced with perhaps the biggest challenge of his life: Raising his 12-year-old daughter, Leslee, on his own. In this era of "alternadads," fathe

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  10. Planning a Family

    As Jeanne Meyers was growing up, she always assumed she'd have children someday. But when she got married in her 30s, at a time when both she and her husband had successful careers, they decided to postpone starting a family for a couple more years. A family, they felt, could wait a little while lon

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