New Dads: Here’s How Not To Screw Up

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1. It takes women a full month to recover after birth.

Sometimes called the “tenth month of pregnancy,” the first month after birth is often both painful and exhausting for the new mother. Her organs are slowly shifting back into place as her body works overtime to produce milk.

Many other cultures provide support for new mothers during this key time — the French, for example, send at-home nurses to help new mothers care for babies, while Indian, Chinese, and Mexican customs all require mothers to rest for the first month after birth while others take care of basic home care.

You Don’t Have a Picky Eater, You Have a Problem Eater

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My child can’t eat.

It’s not as bad as it could be. He can physically eat some things. Oatmeal, cookies, chips, candy and other junk. But it’s been 2 years since the boy has allowed a vegetable pass the precipice of his lips. And up until 2 weeks ago, it has been equally as long since he’d done the same with a fruit.

A Smart Action Plan for Home Invasions

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The potential threat of a home invasion is perhaps one of the most terrifying thoughts for parents. We’ve all heard the horror stories on the news about families bound, sexually assaulted, and killed during home invasions. Unlike burglaries that typically happen when the family is not home, home invaders are often after you and your family, not just your stuff.

How Parents Can Help Their Athletes Get Ready for Scouts

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Playing baseball is a favorite past time of many teens and college athletes. Many who love the sport have been playing for quite a long time. One of the players goals is to be selected to join into a league or professional team. This is a possibility for anyone playing but not everyone will get into it. There are some things you can do if you hear of a scout coming to your high school game or tournament to help you become noticed.

Food is the Enemy to a Three Year Old

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My child won’t eat.

Well, let me rephrase that. My child won’t eat anything other than Oatmeal, Nutella sandwiches, cereal, brownies, chicken nuggets, french fries, chips, candy, and cookies. So basically my child will only eat junk food.

Tonight we tried to feed the kid macaroni and cheese, and he wouldn’t even eat that. To hear his reaction, you might have thought we were trying to feed him live spiders dipped in hot sauce. He bawled loudly and held a single piece of pasta in his mouth for 20 minutes refusing to chew or swallow.

How to Keep the Kids Entertained in the Car

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Long car journeys can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when you have to try and keep the kids entertained at the same time. If you’re going away soon, fear not, because this handy guide to keeping your over-excited little ones happy on the way will give you loads of ideas for keeping smiles on those little faces.

Unforgettable Family Fun at Rocky Branch Railroad and Old West Ghost Town

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Recently we made a trip to the Rocky Branch Railroad and Ghost Town.

We had family come to town and didn’t want to be the old bumps on the logs we normally are. Since my husband and I had been talking about taking Ty to a nearby old west ghost, we figured this would be a great time. It was also a great thing to take Pappy and our niece and nephew to.

The price of admission was very reasonable compared to many of the other attractions we attended during the week (including Zoo Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke, and The Fernbank Museum). For $10 you got a hay ride, a trip on the train, alligator exhibit, an 1880’s Variety Show, a gun slinging show and even robbed at gunpoint by train robbers (oh my!).

Your House is Full of Poison [Infographic]

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There’s poison in your house. It’s everywhere. Every year millions of children are unintentionally poisoned, many under the age of 6 and in their own homes.

Here are just a few facts about poisons in the home:

In 2010 there were over 2.3 million human exposures and almost 100,000 animal exposures (90% dogs).
Painkillers, cosmetics, and cleaning supplies, are the most frequently involved in human exposures.

Disturbing Teen Tobacco Statistics [Infographic]

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With cigarettes and other tobacco products accounting for 443,000 deaths annually, you would think that parents would be more proactive to prevent their children and teens from smoking. But sadly many are not.

An estimated 19.5% of high school students report current use of cigarettes. If you combine that with the 8.9% of high school students who you smokeless tobacco that means that 28.4% of high school students are consuming tobacco products.

Lessons Learned From My Mother

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My mother taught me many lessons in life, but most of them I didn’t even realize I had learned until after she passed aware. I’m going to talk about just a few of these lessons. If she were sitting right next to me now, I would love to hear the words “I told you so,” come out of her mouth. She’s earned it.