Nurture

Some parents deem baby hammocks as the most comfortable alternative for their child. While their coziness is undeniable, many safety concerns have been raised over the years as to whether or not they are the right option for infants. In this article, we will discuss the suitability of baby hammocks to help you decide if
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After the chaos of the holidays, the new year feels like the perfect time to slow things down and reset.  The house and our minds can feel full from the hubbub of gifts, decor, and food. Try to simplify and declutter, starting with a clean house and clean slate. Involve the entire household in this
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We moved my grandmother (Mom’s Mom) into an assisted living facility yesterday. It is a beautiful place filled to the brim with Christmas trees, holiday signs, twinkle lights and ornaments, overflowing with warmth and Southern charm. There are always activities for people to enjoy and the delicious smell of the next meal wafts through the
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Have you ever thought about the amount of time your family spends indoors, at work or school, in the car, and at home? It’s estimated that people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Now imagine it’s winter when there are times you need to stay indoors to protect yourself from the dangerous elements
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Exclusively pumping, pumping and nursing combination, formula feeding, or exclusively breastfeeding. There are several ways to feed your baby, and it depends on the mom (and baby) to decide what is best for them. In the end fed is best as they say.  Those moms who decide to exclusively pump or pump and nurse are their own
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Parents know that music is important in a child’s development. Research has shown that music aids in a child’s development as early as within utero, and can help a child develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Music is all around us, and giving children adequate exposure to listen to and to learn how to play music
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It’s that time of year when you need to come up with a quick and inexpensive white elephant gift for your holiday party. There’s no time to waste and you really do not have the time to shop through the layers of potential items on Amazon. Here are 30 not-so-serious white elephant gifts that will
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Plan a cozy date night by the fire with takeout from Noodles World Kitchen (or dine in, if that’s more your style). This place truly has something for everyone, no matter if you’re vegan, gluten-free, watching sugar/sodium, or counting calories. And in December, every date at Noodles will score you big rewards. The more you
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Grief during the holidays serves up a perfect storm where joyous memories crash against reality and expectations, something that is especially tough when it is a child who is grieving. These seven tips are useful for grieving children, not only during the holidays but throughout the year. Keep in mind that, other than loving them
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The air is crisp, the trees are losing those last few leaves and sweater weather is in full swing. Closets are now displaying cozy knits, leggings and boots to stay warm and comfy during the chilly season. If you’re looking for some fall and winter fashion inspiration, read on to see our top outfit ideas
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More than likely when someone says “adoption,” you picture a family adopting a newborn baby. That’s probably because when adoption is portrayed in movies and on television, it is generally portrayed as parents adopting an infant. More often than not, those parents are adopting because they are unable to have a baby of their own.
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Getting ready for a new baby is an exciting time  — and also an overwhelming time. There’s a long list of supplies to purchase and preparations to make before the baby comes, and this can feel financially (and emotionally) overwhelming. You want everything to be perfect from the nursery to the maternity photos, and every
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All Saint’s Day is a Catholic Christian Holiday that occurs annually on November 1. For Catholics, this is considered a Holy Day of Obligation (that means “Get Thee to Church!”) But what is All Saint’s Day? What is a Saint? Pope John Paul II handed out canonizations like Oprah hands out cars at Christmas. During
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Gifts, toys, stocking stuffers, and all the excitement of the holiday season is in full swing. The last thing you need to stress about is what type of toy to get for your niece, nephew, son, or daughter. After all, you’re probably thinking to yourself they already have a semi-truckload of toys, so what else
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Nature-based learning is an incredible way for children to learn by using their innate skills and curiosity. Children are intrigued and entertained by the outdoors, and we can do a great deal as parents by weaving nature into our everyday lives and create amazing learning opportunities. The Waldorf education model focuses a lot on the
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The baby’s born and now you have your bulging, yet beautiful, after-birth belly. Most moms have them and most moms don’t want it! Whatever the case may be about how you feel with your postpartum belly, Belle Fit will help you out by reducing the excess weight and skin. If there’s anything we appreciate with
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If you are lucky enough to live near sand dunes when you are expecting, you might want to consider this maternity photo inspiration and plan your photos at the Dunes. Maternity photos that showcase the beauty of pregnancy and this special time in your life are photos that you’ll look back on for years after
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Music and arts are being left behind in most schools’ curriculums due to lack of funding, but these important subjects have been known to have lasting effects on children.  Significant studies have been conducted to test the correlation between music education, certain brain functions, and skills. The majority of these studies have shown that putting
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The use of tech to harass a person, or what’s commonly known as cyberbullying, is on the rise. Fifteen percent of students admit to being cyberbullied, and the victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to contemplate suicide, according to Tulane University. Worse, most of the bullies are not unknown strangers that are thousands
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