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    1. When to Worry About an Eating Disorder

      By Rachel Ehmke All teenagers worry about their appearance. Self-esteem can be precarious during adolescence, and body consciousness comes with the territory. But if you’ve noticed that your child is fixated on weight, you're probably worried. So what’s the difference between normal behavior and beh

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    2. 10 Tips for Parenting Your Pre-teen

      By Juliann Garey It's typically between the ages of nine and twelve that our cute, cuddly little children, once so willing to climb into our laps and share their secrets, suddenly want little or nothing to do with us. Your pre-adolescent is not the same person he was just a year or two ago. He has c

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    3. 10 Tips for Parenting Anxious Children

      Many well-meaning parents try to protect anxious kids from their fears, but overprotecting can actually make anxiety worse. Here are pointers for helping kids cope with anxiety without reinforcing it. 1. Don't try to eliminate anxiety; do try to help a child manage it. The best way to help kids over

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    4. Are Toys and Gadgets Good for Your Baby?

      The toy aisle of the average American retailer is a carnival of lights, color, and sound. Every shelf overflows with gadgets that flash, twirl, beep, spin, and play a symphony of kid-friendly tunes. But before you plunk down $29.99 for a baby light-up cell phone or electric guitar, consider this: Do

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    5. Scott Foley Talks Parenthood and Pet Advocacy

      As U.S. Navy Captain Jake Ballard on the hit ABC drama Scandal, actor Scott Foley has been imprisoned in a hole, framed for murder, stabbed in the gut, and caught up in a turbulent romance with crisis manager Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Raising three young children comes with its own s

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    6. How to Talk to Your Child About Weight

      “Am I fat?” They’re three words no parent wants to hear. But your child may say them -- or ask another weight-related question -- at some point. The truth is, most kids think about weight. Girls as young as age 6 worry about being “too fat.” And research shows most adolescent and teen boys are worri

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    7. Sleep Tips for Kids of All Ages

      One of the most important things you can do for your children is to make sure they get enough sleep. "It's almost like another vaccine we can give our kids to help them fight off illness and promote physical well-being," says Cora Breuner, MD, of the American Academy of Pediatrics. That doesn't just

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    8. Safe Weight Loss for Overweight Kids

      If your child is overweight, chances are you want to help him get healthy. But sometimes that means ignoring popular diet advice. Often, what works for adults may not be best for kids. “Children have their own set of nutritional needs for healthy growth and development,” says Tamara Melton, a dietit

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    9. Go to Bed! How to Get Teens to Get Enough Sleep

      Between school, peer pressure, sports, friends, and hormones, teens have a lot on their plates. On top of all that, research shows that many of them are constantly sleep deprived, which is bad news for their physical and mental health. It may seem like your teen is wired to stay up late every night

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    10. Can Toddlers Be Overweight?

      For parents, it’s usually a good sign when a baby gains weight. It means they’re healthy and growing. But how early is too early to wonder if your child is too heavy? The truth is that toddlers can be overweight, and it’s not always easy for parents to tell if they are. So it’s important to check in

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