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    1. The ABCs of Toddler Playdates

      Boost your child's social skills and the fun in her day -- plan playdates. These get-togethers help toddlers build bonds with people outside of the family. “Kids really enjoy playing with each other, even if they don't seem to be that engaged,” says Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD. She co-wrote A Ma

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    2. New Dads: What to Expect After Baby Arrives

      You know that becoming a dad will change your life. What you can't know is how, and in what ways. Nothing can fully prepare you for the joys and challenges of parenthood. But learning what to expect now may reduce the number of big surprises ahead. Here's a preview of how your newborn may change you

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    3. Is Dirt Good for Kids?

      It's the basic nature of young children to touch the very things in their environment that their parents find most disgusting. Just try to keep your 1-year-old from sticking the dog's bone in her mouth! Epidemic-scale flu seasons have health authorities imploring regular hand washing, and with talk

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    4. New Dads: How to Bond With Your Baby

      You're a dad now! It's exciting, though parts of it may be new to you -- like changing a diaper or soothing your crying baby. Many people focus on the mother-baby bond. But Pittsburgh pediatrician Mark Diamond says, "Other than the physical act of nursing, dads can do everything else: holding the ba

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    5. Baby on a Plane: How to Prepare

      Air travel can be an exercise in patience. Add a baby, with all the extra gear to lug, diapers to change, and cries to calm, and it becomes even more trying. Meg Collins, author of the e-book Flying With Baby, offers this advice for arriving at your destination with your sanity intact. Bring a car s

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    6. Q&A With Mario Lopez

      Actor, author, dancer, dad: Multi-talented Mario Lopez, host of the Emmy-winning entertainment news program Extra, celebrates his 30th year on the small screen this year. Perhaps best known for his character A.C. Slater on the 1990s sitcom Saved by the Bell, Lopez also placed second in the third sea

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    7. Manage Your Stress for Good Health

      Stress happens to all of us. What matters even more than the stress itself is how you respond to it. When you're under stress often, or you don't have the resources to handle it, that's bad for you, especially if it leads to smoking, heavy drinking, overeating, or insomnia. "A lot of things related

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    8. Help! My Kid Is a Jerk!

      Your kid is great -- good sport, lots of good deeds -- but he has obnoxious moments. And those moments threaten your sanity. Sometimes he doesn't listen to you. He won't take no for an answer. He's mean to his sister. You start to ask yourself, "Is my kid a jerk?" Some ages are naturally harder on k

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    9. When You Don't Like Your Kid's Friend

      Maybe your child's new best friend forever (BFF) is a bit of a bully. Or she's a "queen bee" who lives to cause drama. What do you do? One mother of 11-year-old twins in California didn't mince words after her son came home crying each time he played with a certain boy, yet still begged for sleepove

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    10. Your Daughter’s First Period: Help Her Be Ready

      Many women probably remember when and where they got their first period. A lot of us probably also wish we’d been a little more prepared. If your daughter is approaching her first period, how can you help her be ready without embarrassing her -- and yourself? Make an action plan so you’re both ready

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