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Do You Hug Your Child Enough?

As a kid, my family gave lots of hugs — hugs to say goodbye, hugs to say hello, hugs to give comfort, or hugs just because. One of my best friends, on the other hand, grew up in a family that rarely if ever gave hugs. They still loved each other, but they just weren’t […]

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Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is Worth It

  With cracked or sore nipples, engorged breasts, and all sorts of other challenges that come with nursing, new moms may be tempted to throw breastfeeding out the window. After all, it can’t make that much of a difference, right? Well actually, it can! In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) and (UNICEF) recently published […]

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3 Benefits of Family Fun

Some of my favorite memories growing up are from family game nights. My oldest sister would be making cool creations with the game pieces, my dad would be trying his best to win, and the rest of us would gang up against my dad. There was always plenty of laughter, joking, and all-around fun. While […]

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Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving really is a wonderful time of year, full of family and feasting and fun. From the turkey to the homemade rolls to the pumpkin pie, my stomach always comes away happy! While I love having an excuse to eat my fill of delicious food, Thanksgiving should be about more than just turkey and pie. […]

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Stressed and Depressed (pt. 2): What Parents can do to Reverse the Teen Trend

Research shows that teens are now more stressed than adults and are overdosing on drugs and committing suicide at higher rates. In Part 1: How American Teens are Hurting Themselves, we saw from a pediatrician’s perspective how stressed and depressed teens are abusing drugs and alcohol, committing suicide and even finding new ways–like extreme “fad” diets […]

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Understanding Domestic Violence Part 1: Prevalence and Prevention #DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

How prevalent is domestic violence really? Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IVP) are problems that affect 1.5 million teens every year (1). In fact, after women ages 18-24, children and teens ages 11-17 are most affected by this problem (2). In order to talk to our children about DV-IVP we need to know about […]

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Laughter: Nature’s Medicine for Family Relationships

  Finding ways to laugh through the hard times builds resilience and relationships in a family. The effects of laughter are both immediate and lasting for people of all ages. A few weekends ago I visited some of my husband’s family I had never met before to attend the funeral of his aunt. Emotions were […]

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Encouraging Healthy Body Image in Kids

Children are amazing at mimicking their parent’s and older sibling’s behaviors. This can be a great thing, if they are seeing positivity and productivity displayed around them. However, when they see negativity, inappropriate behaviors or unrealistic ideals, they will still have tendencies to mimic those behaviors. It is imperative that parents take on the role […]

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The Importance of Close Parent-Child Relationships

How important is the relationship between a parent and a child? Are there really long term effects for taking time to bond with your child or even neglecting your child? The answers may seem obvious. Of course the parent-child relationship matters and is critical to a child’s health and well-being. As every  relationship is critical […]

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Transitioning to Parenthood

When couples become parents, marital satisfaction often declines (1)(2). Research has found several factors that influence this transition’s outcome. For one, a baby brings more household responsibilities and a new area of childcare responsibilities. “It is not the unequal division of labor, but rather the perceived fairness of the division that is most strongly associated with relationship […]

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