The dangerous summer stroller mistake most parents make

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No responsible parent would leave a child in a hot car, yet many of them are committing another potentially fatal mistake.   Picture the scene: A parent straps a baby into a stroller for a walk on a hot, summer day. The sun is bright, and the infant’s skin is sensitive, so the parent covers…

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10 Priceless Quotes That All Grandparents Will Love

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Grandparents are life, true love, and utter joy. While we may love our parents more than anyone else, I believe everyone has a special, completely different kind of love for their grandparents, and they have a special place in our hearts. Grandparents love with a different kind of ferocity. They usually know how to handle…

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Addiction is a family disease

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Addiction is a family disease. People wonder about addicts. “Why did they start?” “Why can’t they just stop?” “Can’t they see what they are doing to themselves?” The focus is on the disease and the victim, without much thought to those suffering behind the scenes, namely, the family. Whenever there’s an addict in the immediate…

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Should Dads Be Allowed to Stay Overnight in Maternity Wards?

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Many dads are very involved throughout their partner’s pregnancy, in weekly childbirth classes couples can go over the stages of labour, birthing positions and breathing techniques. While the mom-to-be is rolling around on the yoga ball, her partner may be behind her learning how to perform a pelvic massage. There are plenty of involved dads…

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We Need More Mean Moms

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Do you think mom’s today are too nice? While we don’t need malicious parenting, are some parents forgetting the importance of teaching tough love? Many new age parents are taking on opposite parenting traits that they were raised with. It’s likely that if you grew up with strict parents who were unreasonable, made you complete…

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3-Month Old Goes to Bed Healthy, But Doesn’t Wake Up

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, parenting

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A mom shares her story in order to bring awareness to the otherwise hushed up, Group B Strep. Even as a mother of three, Emily had never heard of the infection and is bothered by the lack of knowledge available for moms. Group B Strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria which is naturally found…

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3-Month Old Goes to Bed Healthy, But Doesn’t Wake Up

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, parenting

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A mom shares her story in order to bring awareness to the otherwise hushed up, Group B Strep. Even as a mother of three, Emily had never heard of the infection and is bothered by the lack of knowledge available for moms. Group B Strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria which is naturally found…

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The Era of Spanking has Ended

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When your buttons have been pushed past their point by your child, you may be verging on a discipline nightmare. This is when the age-old question may arise: To spank, or not to spank. While less and less kids today will know the fears of the wooden spoon, we’re still debating whether spanking is an…

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The Era of Spanking has Ended

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When your buttons have been pushed past their point by your child, you may be verging on a discipline nightmare. This is when the age-old question may arise: To spank, or not to spank. While less and less kids today will know the fears of the wooden spoon, we’re still debating whether spanking is an…

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Mom-Of-Six Calls Out English School for Feeding Her Kids Bread And Butter at Lunch Because She Owed $23

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According to the head teacher at Ravensdale Junior School in Mickleover, Derbyshire, the school had merely been following the dinner-debt policy. Children will be given bread and butter if their families owe over £10 ($13 USD) in school dinner debts. Speaking to Mail Online, the 31-year-old Katrina Dakin said it was ‘disgusting’ for the school…

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What To Do When A Teacher Doesn’t Like Your Child

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Let’s face it, being a teacher is not an easy job, especially for those working with large groups of young children, every day. It takes an unimaginable amount of patience to be successful in this career. As an adult or parent, you are already aware that life involves interactions with a wide spectrum of people….

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What To Do When A Teacher Doesn’t Like Your Child

Pierre Van Zylparenting

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Let’s face it, being a teacher is not an easy job, especially for those working with large groups of young children, every day. It takes an unimaginable amount of patience to be successful in this career. As an adult or parent, you are already aware that life involves interactions with a wide spectrum of people….

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Parents. We Don’t Want Your Stuff

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We have entered an age of minimalism, something that everyone seems to be after these days. It’s a time where less is more. This catchall term offers a way to achieve simplicity through decluttering. You can practice this for your home, wardrobe, lifestyle and mentality. As we shift into this age of decluttering, adult generations…

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Parents. We Don’t Want Your Stuff

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We have entered an age of minimalism, something that everyone seems to be after these days. It’s a time where less is more. This catchall term offers a way to achieve simplicity through decluttering. You can practice this for your home, wardrobe, lifestyle and mentality. As we shift into this age of decluttering, adult generations…

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Mom says her daughter was bitten 25 times at her daycare, and no one told her

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Do you remember the daycare provider who was caught breastfeeding a baby behind its mother’s back? How about the preschool assistant who “accidentally” served Pine-Sol instead of apple juice to children? Unfortunately, it seems there’s no shortage of questionable stories coming out of daycares. And this one from Tucson, Arizona is no exception. Alice Martin…

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Toddlers, Meltdowns and Brain Development: Why Parents Need To Ditch Traditional Discipline

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“Every day in a hundred ways our children ask, “Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?” Their behavior often reflects our response.” L.R. Knost A different perspective from what we’ve always assumed. Those little munchkins are adorable. They add a good measure of sunshine to anyone’s life, and their self-expression is…

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Toddlers, Meltdowns and Brain Development: Why Parents Need To Ditch Traditional Discipline

Pierre Van Zylparenting

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“Every day in a hundred ways our children ask, “Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?” Their behavior often reflects our response.” L.R. Knost A different perspective from what we’ve always assumed. Those little munchkins are adorable. They add a good measure of sunshine to anyone’s life, and their self-expression is…

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Daycare Provider Was Secretly Breastfeeding a Baby behind Mom’s Back for Months

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One of the most difficult decisions a parent has to make is entrusting the care of their children, especially infants, to other people. As much as they’d like to spend every waking second with their babies, money has to be made, and babies can’t always be taken to work. It’s difficult because despite leaving with…

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6 Hard Truths About Losing A Parent

Pierre Van Zylparenting, Personal Growth + Development

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Just thinking about losing a parent is an unbearable thought. Parents are some of the most important people in our lives, and whether we’re in contact with them or not, losing a ‘life giver’ puts us through a series of emotional changes. We all owe life death, and at some point, we will still have…

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Smartphones, Tablets Causing Mental Health Issues in Kids as Young as Two

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We’ve reached a strange point in history in which an entire generation of people has never lived without incredibly modern technology like the internet, smartphones, and social media. You’re as likely to see a toddler with a tablet as a toddler with a stuffed teddy. Perhaps you’re a parent of young children yourself, and someway…

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Autism Severity may be Reduced by 47% with Radical Fecal Transplant Therapy

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health, parenting

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The human microbiome is made up of genetic material consisting of various microbes, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The amalgamation of these has greater complexity than the human genome itself. As we discover more about how our internal microbial environment (our microbiome) is involved in our health, we see that by supporting or modulating…

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Nurse Places Dying Newborn next To Her Twin, Ends up Giving Her a Hug That Saves Her Life

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries, parenting

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Sometimes, the love between siblings stems from the supernatural and never runs dry. They may fight, they may argue, they may bicker, they may not talk to each other for years, but in the end, they are willing to lay down their lives for each other. Even from infancy, when everyone believes they know what…

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61-year-old Grandmother Gave Birth to Her Own Grandchild so Her Son and His Husband Could be Dads

Pierre Van Zylparenting, Pregnancy

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“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith She didn’t actually believe it was possible that at the age of 60, she could go full-term as a gestational surrogate for her son and his partner. 61-year-old Cecile Eledge from Nebraska, Omaha, desperately wanted to be a…

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Mother-In-Law Wants Grandkids to Also Call Her ‘Mommy’ & Dad is Taking Her Side

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Aren’t the joys of being a grandparent supposed to include the part where you’re called “Granny”, “Grandmama”, or “Nana” by your little love bugs? Well, this is actually causing major problems in a certain lady’s family. Her mother-in-law insists that when the kids start coming, they’ll call her ‘Mommy’ as well. Her husband is all…

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55-Year-Old Grandmother Gives Birth to Her Own Grandchild after Being a Surrogate for Her Daughter

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“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith At the age of 16, 31-year-old Tracey Smith was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH).  This is a congenital disorder characterized by the absence of or incomplete formation of the vagina and uterus. One major side effect is the inability…

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Mom Spent $5,312 Flying to a Destination Wedding – Only to Find Out Her Breastfeeding Baby Wasn’t Welcome

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Babies have a knack for bringing families together, but they can also create new friction in close relationships that weren’t there before. One exasperated mom found herself in an awkward situation upon realizing her breastfeeding baby was not welcome at a family wedding. The frustrated mom writes, “My cousin invited us to his wedding in…

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Staying At Home with Kids Is Harder Than Going to Work

Pierre Van ZylHome + Garden, parenting, Pregnancy

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We love our kids. No doubt about that. They are bundles of joy given to us by the universe to set our lives on a path of unbridled love, affection, and happiness. At least, that’s what many of us think. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they drive us nuts sometimes. Staying at home…

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The Ultimate Room-By-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Home + Garden, Make, parenting

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Spring-cleaning is one of the most relaxing ways to blow off steam. This activity one way to purge your home of negative energies and to let in positive vibes… and it will be clean too, which is helpful for the neat freak in us. All the dirt, dust, specks and lint that may have gotten…

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Warrior Mom: Photo of This Mom of Four Multitasking With Her Four Kids And Still Cooking Has Gone Viral

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Sometimes Moms are just superhuman… 31-year-old blogger, Jazmyne Futrell, recently went viral all over social media for this incredible picture of her being a mom in every sense of the word. She portrayed the true meaning of moms being superhuman. Paying full attention to one kid is a full-time job on its own, let alone…

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Mom Bans Heavy Smoking M-I-L From Touching Baby Unless She Showers and Changes First Each Time

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Good parents know that they represent their child’s first and often only line of defense. They want what’s best for their kids, even if it means disagreeing with friends, family members, or social norms. Their child’s health, wellbeing, and future is their #1 concern. Unfortunately, sometimes this means playing “bad cop” with other very important…

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Boy Scouts Welcome First Girls Joining Local Troop With Brand-new Uniforms

Pierre Van ZylNews + Discoveries, parenting

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Troop 339 of the Scouts BSA recently honored six young girls who recently joined their troop in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. It’s amazing how the BSA is cultivating the values of gender equality in their youngsters. Since February 2019, more than 3000 girls between the ages of 11-17 have enrolled in the BSA, after the decision…

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The Problem with Husbands Who Don’t Do Anything Unless Their Wives Nag

Pierre Van Zylparenting, Personal Growth + Development

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She shook this table really hard… Gender equality is a venture that women aren’t backing down from anytime soon. In an explicit Facebook post, Australian celebrity blogger and mom of four, Constance Hall called out husbands who have to wait to be asked before they help with chores [1]. A woman doesn’t have to nag…

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Truths About C-Section Moms

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As more and more birth stories sweep their way across blogs and social media, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unsung heroes. Here’s to the moms who didn’t get to choose their story, and for those that carefully chose what was right for them. All birth is beautiful and neither method of bringing a…

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Grieving Mom Warns of Bottle Propping

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Bottle propping is, without doubt, a deep-dark parenting confession. This stealthy method of feeding involves propping up a bottle so that you can provide nourishment for baby, hands-free. While feeding time is a time of bonding, sometimes parents just crave a few minutes of hands-free time. A young mother from the UK is pushing us…

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The Deadly Kiss: Toddler Hospitalized After His Face Was Ravaged By Herpes

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27-year-old full-time mom, Lorna Hoy has been spreading awareness on social media to let other parents know that even a harmless kiss can be detrimental to their child. Her two-year-old son, Kalo Hoy was hospitalized for four days after his face, arms and legs were ravaged by sores, caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1…

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If You Get Your Tubes Tied You Can Still Get Pregnant

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, parenting, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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Katherine made plans to spend a special spring break with her two-daughters at Disney World while leaving her husband and 5-month old at home. Little did Katherine know, she was in for the ride of her lifetime. On the second day of her trip with her daughters, the family had lunch in a cafe on…

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Too Young for Shingles? Not for This 36-year old Nova Scotian

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Lindsay was shocked to discover that at age 36, she had shingles. Initially believing that the pain in her right shoulder was due to a torn muscle. But when the red marks turned into blisters, this nursing student knew – she had shingles. ‘It was the worst pain I’d ever felt – and I have…

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U.S Hospitals Need ‘Baby Cuddlers’ to Help Newborns Suffering from Opioid Withdrawal

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An opioid epidemic is affecting millions of newborn babies, nationwide. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal every fifteen minutes [1]. These babies experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything else. Newborns brought into this world by mothers who suffer from addiction are ending…

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6-Year-Old Girl Was Diagnosed With an Aggressive Brain Tumor. Two Weeks Later, Her Little Brother Received the Same Diagnosis

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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A couple in Torrance, Los Angeles probably had the worst two weeks of their lives when both of their children were diagnosed with brain cancer. Duncan and Nohea Avery were terrified when their 6-year-old princess, Kalea was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a deadly and aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks after her diagnosis and surgery, the high…

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