Is Breastfeeding With Implants Possible?

Many women who have had breast augmentation surgery wonder if such a choice will eventually get in the way of their desire to breastfeed. While that is a reasonable concern, the answer to the breastfeeding with implants question is more complicated that just a simple yes or no. Learn about some common misconceptions about breastfeeding with implants and get expert advice about how to do it in a way that best supports your baby's nutritional needs. Breastfeeding after breast augmentation surge

What Is a Magnet School?

Few things preoccupy a new parent's thoughts as much as worrying about how best to educate her little one. As the pre-K years wind down, local elementary schools, other parents and well-meaning relatives may all pitch in with their opinions about the most effective ways to teach children and in which type of schools they will thrive best. All these opinions might leave you wondering about the available elementary school options, especially if you're considering magnet schools. What is a magne
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How to Prepare Your Child for Getting a Pet

Many people say that getting a dog is like having another child (okay, I’ve said that a lot). It is true that, of all the pets you could get for your child, dogs probably carry with them the biggest responsibility in terms of daily care, attention and maintenance. However, they also have the highest potential of teaching your kids valuable lessons about unconditional love, loyalty and commitment. Back to the responsibility part, though. As much as you may think that you’re getting a dog for yo

Intellectual Development in 5-Year-Olds

By the time kindergarten rolls around, your toddler has morphed into an independent little person. Since your child's physical and intellectual development at this stage is growing by leaps and bounds, it can sometimes be challenging to keep up. Here's how your kid's cognitive abilities will grow as he tackles kindergarten, and how you can support him: And read  our guide to developmental milestones for kids . Between the ages of 5 and 6, your child will tackle lots of learning basics
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How to Talk to Your Kids About Death in a Non-Scary Way

As a freelance writer who works from home, it’ inevitable that my kids often come across articles that I’m working on. I recently profiled a man named Paul Kraus, who is the longest surviving Mesothelioma patient in the world. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. The disease may appear in a couple of different forms but a diagnosis of malignant Mesothelioma typically means that the patient has between 1 to 2 years to live. Paul Kraus was given 9 months. In s

I Can't Believe that, 30 Years Later, We Still Have to Worry About Asbestos in Schools

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, teachers are more than twice as likely to develop Mesothelioma because of their classroom exposure to asbestos. Children are also especially vulnerable, says a recent study by the organization. [Image Source:] I love stories about overcoming adversity and beating the odds. As a mom, I feel like I need to keep myself armed with inspiring stories, so I can always have examples at the ready to share with my kids about
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When to Teach Your Kids that Honesty is Not Always the Best Policy

The first time my husband and I got a sitter for our then 3 and 5 year-old kids was when we moved to Los Angeles from the New York, leaving family and friends behind. We didn’t have anyone we knew that could step in for date night, so we used a babysitting service. I was very uncomfortable with the idea, but we sorely needed a night out, so I agreed to using the service on the condition that we set up a hidden Nanny-cam. Long story short...everything was set up and my husband and I were about le
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Thrifty Travelist: Zaniac, New STEM Programs for Kids in Santa Monica

And it should probably start with schools offering some semblance of them. If we're training the next generation for success, then we need to equip them with the tools to be able to lead us into a technology-inspired future; even more, to show them how they'll be able to help create that future. Unfortunately, the programs that do currently exist are so cost-prohibitive that only a small percentage of kids can take advantage of them. So naturally, I was beyond excited to see a flyer advertisi

Where to Find Help for Single Mothers

The job of being a single parent undoubtedly comes with many challenges, but never more so than when trying to juggle work, finances and childcare. Although there are no easy answers or quick fixes, there are, fortunately, many places you can turn to that offer help for single mothers. In addition to government or state-sponsored programs, "there has been a rise in corporate sponsorships for early childhood education programs in recent years," says Dr. Diane Levin, a professor of early childh
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4 Smart Ways to Bond with Your Preteen Daughter While Modeling the Importance of Self-Care

Raising kids at any age can be challenging at times, but it’s no secret that the preteen years may present some especially tricky ups and downs. With the onset of puberty, and menstruation, it can be such an emotionally confusing and frustrating time for girls. Talking to your daughter about what she’s experiencing is definitely helpful, but as you’ve probably already discovered, conversations in the preteen years may start to get a bit more complicated than they were just a year, or even a few