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  1. Q&A With Nick Lachey

    Entertainer Nick Lachey, 39, says being a new dad surprised, delighted, and challenged him -- and gave him something new to sing about. You have two nephews. Did that experience prepare you for having your own son, Camden? "To some extent, yeah, in that any experience you have is good. I mean, at le

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  2. Katherine Heigl: Actress, Mom… and Animal Rescuer

    Katherine Heigl still remembers her first love. He was older, dark-haired, infinitely patient, and known by the Southern-gentlemanly moniker "Ben Davis." For years, he was Heigl's best friend. He even tolerated it when "Katie" stole his food and chewed on his ears. Ben Davis was a black Labrador ret

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  3. Q&A With Chris O'Donnell

    You’re the youngest child in a family of seven kids, and now you’re father to a brood of five, ranging from 5 to 13. What’s the best part about belonging to a big family? Your family unit is your own world, all the drama and hilarity, all the personalities. Yes, you’ll have close friends, but your f

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  4. Immunity-Boosting Snacks for Kids

    Could the snacks you feed your kids cut their chances of getting sick? Healthy things in everyday foods -- from yogurt to walnuts -- may help boost a kid's natural defenses. "We know that what you eat has a clear impact on your immunity," says Leo A. Heitlinger MD, chair of the American Academy of P

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  5. Healthy Foods, Happy Tummies

    Does your kid have a tummy ache again? Belly pain affects lots of kids, so your family isn't alone. It’s usually not serious, but it's no fun for kids or their parents. If your child’s pain is really bad or doesn’t go away after a day, he should see a doctor. But for minor tummy aches, a few changes

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  6. 19 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    Kids are snacking more than ever, and as a parent, you've got the power to make those snacks helpful. Yes, they're getting extra calories from snacks. And yes, snacks are often too sugary. Still, some snacking can be good for children -- within limits. “Kids, especially younger ones, have erratic ea

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  7. The Importance of Well-Baby Visits

    In your baby's first year, every month brings changes: tiny smiles, budding teeth, and eventually, crawling and walking. During well-baby visits, your pediatrician will check for proper growth and development and answer your questions about eating, sleeping, and vaccinations. The first exam should b

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  8. 4 Nutrients Your Child May Be Missing

    Many American children aren't getting enough of four essential nutrients: vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium. You can easily include them in your child’s diet, once you know what they do and how much your child needs. Vitamin D is the hottest vitamin on researchers' radars these days, and most

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  9. 17 Kid-Friendly Breakfasts

    Breakfast is key for your child. It refuels them, giving them energy for the day. Weight control may also be easier for breakfast eaters, both as children and later, when they're adults.   Breakfast, or any meal, doesn’t need to be elaborate to be satisfying and nutritious. A bowl of whole-grain cer

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  10. What You Didn't Know About Picky Eaters

    Many preschoolers are picky eaters. They usually outgrow it by age 4 or 5. So, what are the best ways to get them to eat until then? "Let them choose the clothes they wear, not the foods they eat," says Atlanta-based pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD, co-author of Food Fights . "Kids get so used to mac

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