Mom creates maternity line for fashion-forward women

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Jan Norman Ladera Ranch, Calif., mom Julia Christensen gained 83 pounds when she was pregnant with her son Bradford. Nothing in the stores looked attractive or fit with style for this self-described fashionista. “Clothes either cost $400 for a one-time wearing or weren’t made nicely,” she says. Sound familiar? It sure seemed to Christensen that […]

Parents’ tips for camping with kids

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Sara Cassinelli Camping can be inexpensive and a great way for families to unplug, be outside and experience everything nature has to offer all while creating lifelong memories. Avid outdoorsman and Idaho Outdoors freelance writer Mark Krepps has three boys and has some great advice for parents who want to take their kids camping. Choosing […]

How a lemonade stand can change your child’s life

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Alison Storm Trying to raise the next Bill Gates or Blake Mycoskie? Some say entrepreneurship starts at a young age. But if your child’s lemonade stand goes bankrupt, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve failed to raise an entrepreneur, according to financial expert Rachel Ramsey Cruze. She’s the daughter of bestselling author and radio talk show […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity moms and Michaels say ‘The family that crafts together, stays together’

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Carolyn Robertson Crafty mama Holly Robinson Peete gathered a few of her friends — including actress Ali Landry — together this week to help launch Michaels Family Craft Night in Los Angeles. Though her gig as co-host of The Talk and her work with the HollyRod Foundation keep her busy, Holly always makes time for […]

Fashionable crafting: Three ideas for creating one-of-a-kind T-shirts

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Want something you and your fashion-forward child can make together? Try out these three easy T-shirt design ideas by Disney FamilyFun magazine. Carrot-Print Mosaic Whittle carrot tips into squares or triangles, and you’ve got the perfect implements for printing a mosaic onto a shirt. Slip a piece of cardboard inside a prewashed […]

Last chance for your summer vacation

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Kathy Witt The kids have read all their books, played every video game and watched all their favorite reruns – at least a half dozen times. They’ve attended camp and gone on countless play dates, running Mom and Dad ragged in the process. They’ve reached that point of summer break where they claim – loudly […]

Taking the kids to work: The do’s and don’ts of bringing children to the office

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Jen Weigel Your baby-sitter canceled and you need to head to the office. But is taking your kid to work really the best alternative? “Yes, I think it’s a very good idea,” says Fortune 500 leadership coach Paul David Walker. “Not every day but periodically. If your boss is fine with it, this can be […]

Kids on the job: ‘It’s work, not day care’

Jen Weigel Most reader responses to the story on taking your kids to work were negative, but some of you agreed with the idea that bringing kids to work can enliven the office in a good way. Our column about taking the kids to work generated a pretty exciting conversation on Facebook. Here are a […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Sarah Drew talks about her pregnancy and plans to be a working mom

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Carolyn Robertson With her first trimester behind her, actress Sarah Drew is immersed in all things baby these days, shopping for maternity clothes, preparing a birth plan and debating baby names with her professor husband Peter Lanfer. In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, the 30-year-old “Grey’s Anatomy” star talks pregnancy and parenting tips […]

In a hot summer, cool ways to be messy

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Beth Whitehouse Here we are in the midst of summer. The novelty of beaches and parks may have worn off, but the heat is still bearing down. What to do now? How about some fun, inexpensive backyard activities the whole family will love? “They’re all sort of cool things, water-based things,” says Maureen Mangan, the […]

Fun and Free for Kids: An elementary school teacher shares his top picks

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Tricia Romano In today’s gadget-centric world, entertaining children can become a costly endeavor. But Todd Bohannon, a Seattle kindergarten and first-grade teacher, has a few tricks up his sleeve for engaging youngsters without spending a hefty chunk of change. Many of his recommendations can be done year-round, but parents might find them especially useful during […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Soleil Moon Frye debuts ‘Happy Chaos’ video

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Jenny Schafer We all loved her as Punky Brewster, the beloved TV character who reached the pinnacle of ’80s sitcom fame. These days, we can’t get enough of Soleil Moon Frye as the doting celeb mom, host of HerSay, Mommy Ambassador for Target and now as author of her new book “Happy Chaos.” And not […]

Hunger’s emotional effects on children

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Alfred Lubrano Children in poverty are more emotionally affected by a lack of food than was previously understood, new research shows. With food prices up nearly 5 percent over last year and the poor disproportionately hurt, children are noticing their parents skipping more meals to let their youngsters eat. That’s causing kids to speak up. […]

Baby sleep tricks: Five strategies for getting baby to sleep

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Kaitlin Stanford These clever strategies from baby sleep experts will help baby — and you — get a good night’s sleep. Is baby keeping you up at night? We had Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, the owners of Manhattan-based sleep consultancy Dream Team Baby, share how to maximize baby’s sleep time so that you can […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tori Spelling says ‘The third pregnancy is for sure harder’

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Jenny Schafer What are the must-haves for summer 2011? Just ask celeb mom Tori Spelling. The actress and best-selling author has handpicked the products of the season which are all available at her new store InvenTORI in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and on her website, www.torispelling.com/. When she’s not searching out the hottest items, the expectant […]

A survival guide for parents of tween and teen girls

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Arden Greenspan-Goldberg I am a N.Y.-based licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience and mother of a now-grown daughter — Samara, 22. In order to help moms and daughters from my practice (as well as friends and family), I have come up with tips to help moms cultivate a respectful, strong connection with their […]

Don’t let your kids become obese: Nutrition program aims to educate parents on healthy foods

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Lynn La In a classroom located in a part of town where a stem of broccoli sells for $2.49 and a pizza costs only three bucks more, parents are trying their best. They want to feed their kids healthier, home-cooked meals but have difficulty finding the time, money or resources to do so. At Kaiser […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, it escalates it. A reluctance to deal with conflict is hugely […]

New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days

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Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of TheBump.com sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]