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    1. Should Your Baby Use a Pacifier?

      When you're a new parent, every decision can seem daunting. Even choosing whether or not to use a pacifier isn't an obvious choice. Aren't you just creating a bad habit that will be hard to break later? Not necessarily, say baby care experts. "Pacifiers are great for soothing a fussy baby and helpin

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    2. Denzel Washington's Greatest Role: Mentor

      Walking to Nathan Hale elementary school in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Denzel Washington passed the construction site for the Boys Club building each morning, anxious to get inside. "I was 5, 6, maybe 7 years old, and I couldn't wait," he recalls. "My mother took me there when it finally opened, and the re

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    3. Q&A With Alyssa Milano

      Alyssa Milano, 41, the former child star who grew up before our eyes on the television hits Who’s the Boss, Melrose Place, and Charmed, is fully embracing not only adulthood these days, but motherhood, too. Her most-important production at the moment is giving birth to her second baby, a girl, due t

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    4. Stressed Out? Your Kids May Be, Too

      You're a 21st century parent, which means your to-do list is never-ending. Your idea of relaxing might be checking Facebook during your 10-minute wait in the car-pool line every afternoon. But at least the kids are all right. Right? Maybe not. All that stress you carry around on a daily basis affect

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    5. Do You Spend Too Much Time With Your Kids?

      Parents relish time with their kids. But you can overdo it. And that can be unhealthy for you and your children. So how do you find the right balance? There isn't a set number of hours that qualifies as too much time together. Take a look at your routine. Are you spending close to every waking hour

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    6. Your Child and Alcohol

      At some point, most likely well before he turns 21, your child will have to make a choice about whether to drink alcohol. Your role as a parent is to prepare him. But first, prepare yourself by learning the facts. 10% of eighth graders say they drank alcohol in the past month. 39% of high school sen

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    7. After Concussion: When Can Your Child Play?

      With their young minds still developing, kids with concussions need to take time-outs -- both mentally and physically -- to fully heal, new research shows. "After a concussion, kids need 3 to 5 days of mental shutdown to let their brain rest and recover," says Michael O'Brien, MD. He's the associate

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    8. Co-Sleeping With Your Baby Is Risky

      For some new parents, there's nothing like the feeling of having their baby snuggled next to them in bed to heighten the feeling of closeness. Sharing a bed can also make breastfeeding more convenient. Whatever the reasons, bed sharing (also called co-sleeping) is on the rise. A study reported in JA

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    9. Q&A With Lisa Ling

      Lisa Ling, the globetrotting reporter famed for her curiosity about the plights and pursuits of everyday people, entered the fifth and final season of her investigative series "Our America" on Oprah's OWN network at the end of May. Look for the new mom (to daughter Jett, 1, with husband Dr. Paul Son

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    10. Tips to Help Your Child Eat Better, Live Healthier

      You can tell children they should eat well and make healthy choices. Or you can show them that it's fun and feels good -- and they'll be more likely to do it. Here’s how: Let children play with their food. Babies aren't the only ones who like to play with food. School-age children do, too. So make h

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