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  1. Single Mom Garcelle Beauvais Puts Her Sons First

    Actress Garcelle Beauvais, 45, stars as Denzel Washington's ex-wife in the upcoming movie Flight, an intense mystery drama about a pilot's miraculous emergency landing. After starting out as a model for Clairol and Avon and on the runway for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi, Beauvais' movie career too

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  2. October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

    Down syndrome happens when a child is born with an extra chromosome, leading to delays in physical and mental development. It's one of the most common genetic birth defects in the United States, affecting one of every 691 babies. Researchers don't know what causes the condition, but it's more common

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  3. Reduce Holiday Stress

    Talk about stressful. The average American spends 42 hours a year on holiday activities. That's one standard work week spent shopping, wrapping, and returning presents, attending holiday parties, and traveling from place to place. Often these extra activities get squeezed into already busy schedules

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  4. Cleaning or Disinfecting: What's the Difference?

    You want to protect your family from dirt and germs, but getting rid of every germ isn't possible -- or necessary. In most cases, clean is good enough, says Atlanta pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD. Cleaning involves getting rid of dirt and gunk where germs can grow. The friction of cleaning -- often w

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  5. 6 Ways to Help Your Preschooler's Personality Blossom

    You probably noticed your preschooler's unique personality peeking out those first few months of life --reaching eagerly for a rattle or perhaps pushing away a teddy bear. But between the ages of 3 and 5, your child's personality is really going to emerge. What sorts of changes can you expect during

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  6. Back to School? Back to Head Lice Season

    Fourth grade had barely started when I got a call one early September day from the school nurse. "Your son has lice," she said. "Come pick him up right away." All I could think was, "Those dirty creatures on my child -- in my house?" In fact, dirt has nothing to do with lice, says Paradi Mirmirani,

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  7. Fit Kids: The Importance of Children's Friendships

    Have you ever worried about your child making friends? Or were you upset because another child rejected your child's friendship? I found myself in this situation when my 6-year-old daughter came home from school crying one day. She told me that her best friend had decided she didn't want to play wit

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  8. A Parent's Guide to Vaccines

    The tears and screaming, as upsetting as they are, are well worth the effort. A simple prick of the skin provides children with lifetime protection against diseases like chickenpox, meningitis, and hepatitis. With a schedule starting at birth and lasting into childhood, millions of kids in the Unite

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  9. Potty Training and Your Preschooler

    Amanda Ezman, 31, of Oneida, N.Y. started potty training her daughter, Lilah, just a few months shy of her third birthday. Lilah was finally curious about the bathroom, and showing all the right signs that she was ready to start going like a “big girl.” Also, she was getting ready to move to a new d

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  10. When Your Child Is Afraid of the Doctor

    Marcela Jones, an English professor in Washington, D.C., says her 3-year-old daughter, Amalia, starts screaming as soon as they step into a doctor's office. Her child's white coat-triggered misery started, Jones says, with her two-year checkup -- Amalia had her routine shots and then went upstairs t

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