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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. What to Expect When You're Thinking About Adoption

      "Adoption is created through loss," says Linda Hageman, executive director of adoption services at The Cradle, an Illinois adoption agency. That's a statement you don't often see among the pretty pictures of giggling babies and happy families in adoption brochures. But it's true. The child loses his

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    6. Drugs: Are Your Teen’s Friends a Bad Influence?

      If your teen has started to act out and possibly use drugs, it can be tempting to blame their friends. “Even before they start to use drugs, kids will start to gravitate toward other kids who have a favorable attitude about using,” says Joseph Lee, MD, spokesman for the American Academy of Child & A

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    7. Social Media: What Parents Must Know

      Whether or not you're tweeting or sharing your daily thoughts on Facebook, you have to acknowledge it: Interacting with friends online is a fact of life for your children. "These connections are really integral to the social lives of today's kids," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Se

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    8. Is Your Teen Lying to You?

      Trying to figure out if your teen is lying to you can be tricky. Researchers who study lying and truth-telling among children have found that parents often can't tell when their child is lying. Since trying to catch your teen in a lie is probably a waste of time, family therapists say you're better

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    9. 6 Embarrassing Kid Situations

      You know the feeling: hot cheeks, wishing you could disappear. You'd do anything to spare your child that sense of embarrassment. But those feelings happen, and they're normal. "Starting around 4 or 5 the world gets bigger for children, and so does their awareness of it, meaning they become aware of

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    10. Is Your Child Ready to Date?

      Dating. Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? Consider this: It's not just about their age. You and your child may see that very differently. A 6th grade girl may s

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