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  1. How to Raise a Smart Baby

    Academic achievement. College scholarship. Presidential aspirations. These used to be phrases parents tossed around at their kid's high school graduation. Today, it's a new form of "baby talk." From maternity wards to toddler play groups to mommy chat rooms, how to raise a smart baby is a key focus

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  2. The Top 5 Mistakes Divorced Parents Make

    Breaking up is hard to do, and it may be especially hard for kids. Kids of divorce can feel they've been hit the hardest by the end of their parents' relationship. Some are asked to broker peace between warring exes, even as they are grieving the loss of a parent who has abruptly moved out. Others m

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  3. When All Else Fails, Parent With Humor

    When it comes to parenting, it’s funny how humor can motivate children when more negative tactics do not. Jane Marie Scarboro’s 3-year-old son, Teddy, had been lagging behind on their family hike. And the Lafayette, CA, mother of two had felt herself getting annoyed. But then she switched tactics. O

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  4. Beware the Know It Alls: How to Handle Unsolicited Baby Advice

    The battlefield: Tamara Derosia's baby shower. The fighting words: Baby wipe warmer. Oh sure, for those who worry about global warming, the recession, and house foreclosures, this might seem, um, silly. But certainly, it wasn't that way for the two women who were driven to debate the device -- baby'

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  5. 7 Things You Didn't Know About Raising Newborn Twins

    In the U.S, about three of every 100 pregnant women give birth to twins or triplets. And by many accounts, twin pregnancies are on the rise. Still, even experienced moms may not know what to expect when they bring home newborn twins. While it is true that twins can bring double the joy, parenting tw

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  6. 10 Mistakes New Parents Make

    All parents make mistakes. Don't believe it? Just think about your own parents. You will no doubt come up with a laundry list of things they did wrong. The truth is no one is infallible -- especially new parents. But if you know the 10 most common parenting mistakes, maybe you can keep from making t

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  7. Potty Training: Seven Surprising Facts

    Getting ready to tackle potty training in your household? You’ve probably read reams of information on the topic -- but you may not have come across these seven little-known facts. Despite all the articles on toilet training in the popular media, very few scientific studies have addressed the issue

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  8. Home Treatments for Babies

    Parents have always looked to their gardens and pantries to treat common infant illness. Today, the use of complementary and alternative remedies is common not just in adults but also children. Whether it’s a nip of prune juice to relieve constipation or an oatmeal bath to soothe itchy dry skin, nat

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  9. 6 Post-Pregnancy Body Changes You Didn't Expect

    When you found out you were pregnant , you knew your life was going to change forever! So much to look forward to: bringing your baby home, seeing his first smile, hearing his first coo. And you knew your body was in for some changes, too -- gaining weight during pregnancy, bigger breasts, maybe swo

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  10. 5 New Mom Guilt Trips to Skip

    Here’s something few people will tell you when you’re pregnant and about to become a new mom. Among the many new emotions you’ll experience as a parent, guilt is likely to be right up there at the top. The stakes for parents these days are higher than ever. “We live in an age of high expectations th

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