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  1. How Clean Should We Be?

    Your baby drops a cracker on the floor. Does the 5-second rule apply, or do you quickly throw it away? Or could those germs actually be good for him? Well, kind of. There's a belief that says exposing people -- especially babies and young children -- to different kinds of germs early in life can kee

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  2. When Parenting Styles Differ

    When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, tensions can run high. Take the case of Leigh Henry, 37, of San Antonio, Texas. Leigh doesn't always agree with her husband, Ryan, also 37, on how best to parent their toddler and preschooler. Ryan, an attorney, makes "empty threats," she

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  3. 8 Mistakes Parents Make With Preschoolers

    Sometimes, it may seem like your preschooler has the innate ability to push you to the outer edge of your patience. And that's on a good day. Fear not, moms and dads. You're not alone. Preschoolers want to own their newfound independence. But they also want the close attention and love of their care

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  4. 7 Mistakes Parents Make With Grade-Schoolers

    If you've got kids in elementary school, you certainly have your job cut out for you as you try to encourage healthy living and help them develop a positive self-image. Throw in the first signs of puberty and some social and emotional bumps along the way, and it is easy to see that some mistakes are

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  5. Six Ways to Discipline Children -- That Work!

    It’s hard to deny the importance of discipline. "Discipline has to do with civilizing your child so they can live in society," says psychiatrist Michael Brody, MD. Yet kids repeatedly test their parents’ limits. When it comes to disciplining children, there is no quick fix and no magic bullet. If yo

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  6. Communicate Effectively With Your Teen

    "Teens can seem so unreasonable and so rude," Laura Kussick, executive director of the Seattle-based Program for Early Parent Support, says. She's also the mother of a 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. For Kussick and her kids, conflicts sometimes arise around the hot-button issue of how muc

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  7. Breastfeeding: 11 Things That May Help

    Have you decided to try breastfeeding, at least part of the time? Some items can make the process easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. Here are 11 supplies that may help: Many hospitals give new moms lanolin samples to help soothe sore, cracked nipples. It's safe for babies to ingest, too,

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  8. How to Protect Your Baby From Whooping Cough

    As a parent, the thought of your baby getting whooping cough, or pertussis, may concern you. But you can take steps to protect your little one, even before he is born. In order to keep your baby safe, you’ll need to protect yourself and your whole family. Pertussis vaccines don’t completely wipe out

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  9. Measuring and Mixing Formula

    No matter which type of formula you choose, it's important to measure and mix it properly so your baby safely gets the nutrition he needs. "Measuring and reconstituting infant formula is particularly important when it concerns low-birth-weight and premature babies," says David Saltzman, MD, a Chicag

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  10. What to Do When Baby Refuses a Bottle

    Not all babies take to a bottle right away. Try these tips to turn your feeding problems around. If you're calm and relaxed, your baby may be more receptive to the bottle. "Babies are sensitive creatures and pick up on stress in mom and dad," says Megan L. Shope, a certified doula supervisor. Create

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