“THIS PART OF YOUR BABY REMAINS IN YOUR BODY FOR UP TO 38 YEARS,� EXPERTS CLAIM

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There’s a reason why kids are always more attached to their mums than to their dads. It’s because their cells never really entirely leave their mums’ bodies; some stay back and work several medical wonders, an obstetric phenomenon known as fetomaternal microchimerism. The word microchimerism was derived from the idea that a mother is sort…

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Breastmilk Protects Infants from Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and More

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new study from the University of Helsinki showed that babies breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with infants breastfed for a shorter period of time. Moreover, the study showed that antibiotics used by mothers increased the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infants. Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are everywhere — including…

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In Huge Shock, Mitochondrial DNA Can Be Inherited From Fathers

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A piece of high school genetics, relied on for many sorts of genetic testing, has been found to have exceptions. Although mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is normally received from the mother, three families have been identified where people received some of their mtDNA, three-quarters in the most extreme case, from their father. The finding may change…

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13-Year-Old Boy with Autism Dies from Being Restrained at School for “Predictable� Behavior

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We are not sure why, but we’ve noticed a rise in appalling school stories lately… We covered a story from May 2018 in which daycare staff tightly taped one girl’s shoes to her feet.  In November 2018, there was the school assistant who “accidentallyâ€� served preschoolers Pine-Sol instead of apple juice. On November 28, 2018,…

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Hospital Continues Tradition of Sending Babies Home in Christmas Stockings

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Christmas traditions are near and dear to many hearts around the world. Families will wait eagerly for November or December to start putting up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas music. Some family Christmas traditions include cutting down and decorating trees, hanging advent wreaths or Christmas stockings, setting out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, setting…

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Surgeons Separate Conjoined Twins for Free Because Parents Couldn’t Pay

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No one quite understands what causes conjoined twins. The fact that they are so rare doesn’t give health experts much to work with either. There are a couple of theories, according to Mayo Clinic, one of which suggests that during early development, two separate embryos somehow fuse together. The second theory is that “when the…

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Claire Nossiter Fights for Daughter, Lyndsay, After Suffering Injuries from Teachers

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In March of 2014, Claire Nossiter’s 16-year-old daughter with autism, Lyndsay, came home from school covered in bruises. And although this unfortunate story began over four years ago, its negative impact is still affecting the Nossiter family today. Lyndsay used to be a student at Bothwell Park High in North Lanarkshire, UK, a school which…

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The Ultimate Mother-Daughter Bucket List You Can Start Today

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There is something truly beautiful and special about mother-daughter relationships. They can share a bond so strong that nothing would or could dare tear it apart. Unfortunately – it sounds cliché, but it’s true – children grow up fast. And time isn’t slowing down for parents either. As they find their own paths, form new…

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Why a Florida Woman Put Her Dad with Alzheimer’s on a One-Way Flight to Denver

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Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. This and other types of dementia can take both physical and emotional tolls on the affected individual as well as their family and friends. When family members experience something like Alzheimer’s, it is crucial that we show them empathy. However, 80-year-old victim of Alzheimer’s Jerry Ellingsen was shown none, an ongoing…

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How Doctors Rescued a 1.1 Pound Premature Baby with a Sandwich Bag

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Every mother knows that countless things can go wrong both during and after pregnancy. Dwelling on these things can cause stress and anxiety beyond belief. That’s why it is crucial that expectant mothers – as much as humanly possible – put their trust in doctors. Even then, however, doctors sometimes encounter unique problems that demand…

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6 Reasons December Babies Are Special, According to Science

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We have no control over our birth month. But of the twelve months, if you were born in December, science is on your side. Whether you’re supposed to give birth to a December baby or you are a December baby, we’ve got some good news. December babies are extra special! Many parents have anxiety over…

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6 Reasons December Babies Are Special, According to Science

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We have no control over our birth month. But of the twelve months, if you were born in December, science is on your side. Whether you’re supposed to give birth to a December baby or you are a December baby, we’ve got some good news. December babies are extra special! Many parents have anxiety over…

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Why Parents Should Spend Less Money on Toys and Take More Family Vacations

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Halloween has passed; you survived Thanksgiving, and now… Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! And with that, so is a lot of spending. Every single year, families will spend – and, for some, arguably waste – hundreds or thousands of dollars on toys. It doesn’t help that Christmas is conveniently tucked between Black Friday, Cyber…

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School ‘Accidentally’ Serves Preschool Students Pine-Sol Instead of Apple Juice

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This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the pros and cons of daycare and preschools. Remember Nursery Fields Forever, the amazing preschool that teaches kids how to grow their own food? How about the North Carolina daycare that taped a young girl’s shoes to her feet, cutting off her circulation? Today, we have another appalling…

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Gifted Children: 23 Signs That You Have a Child Who Is Gifted

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What comes to mind when you think of intelligence? Some may think book smarts, some may think street smarts, and others will argue it’s a combination of both. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “intelligenceâ€� as the: (1) ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations ability to apply knowledge to manipulate…

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Grandfather Pens Powerful Open Letter to His Grandkids About Childhood

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There is something about grandparents’ wisdom that speaks volumes. You can be a wide-eyed grandchild or a jaded adult – grandparents can cut through anything with their life experience and truths. That’s why The Hearty Soul has posted many articles sharing the wisdom of people with lifetimes of experience. For example: 22 Pieces of Life…

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Watch: Mother Shaves Daughter’s Head After She Bullies Girl with Cancer

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Early on in life, most people learn – directly or indirectly – that bullying can affect everyone. Whether someone is the victim of bullying, the person bullying or a bystander, everyone plays a part. Depending on your upbringing, the consequences of bullying vary. Some parents will sit their child down and explain how and why…

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Teacher Gets Fired for Giving Zeroes to Students Who Didn’t Turn in Their Work

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Over the decades, education curriculums have changed quite a bit. People might even argue that some have been watered down. But when it comes to giving students’ grades, should they be given a free pass when the work hasn’t been done? A former teacher of 17 years in Port St. Lucie, Florida doesn’t believe so…

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Homeless Man ‘What Can I Get for $0.50?’–Boy’s Answer Is Wise Beyond His Years

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Everyone working in the hospitality industry knows how gruelling it can be. Careless customers who are somehow “always right,â€� have bad attitudes or absolutely no manners, and the list goes on. But after hearing this story, it got us thinking… How joyful could every industry be if they had more employees like Matthew Resendez? It…

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Signs of Anxiety in Children: Emotional, Behavioral, Physical, and How to Help

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Anxiety doesn’t discriminate. It’s a nervous disorder that plagues adults as well as children. But do you know what one major difference is between the two? Compared to children, adults can better express how they feel. Even when children do complain of things like upset stomachs or headaches, anxiety disorder probably isn’t the first thing…

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Kyrstyn Johnson: An Open Letter to Parents About Infant and Pregnancy Loss

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In life, sometimes the hardest and heartbreaking stories are the ones we need to tell. They’re the ones that are raw, make us vulnerable, and lead us down the paths we fear most. But they are the stories and experiences that can be followed by immense growth. This is one of those stories… Kyrstyn Johnson…

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27 Memes Every Stressed Out Mom Needs to See (Photos)

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You know what the hardest job in the world is? Being a mom. For that reason, we’re not going to give you 101 parenting tips you need to try or suggest how to be a better mother by using these secret parenting techniques. Nope, none of that stuff today. We’re just going to leave you…

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Man Wakes from 12-Year Coma After Mother, 75, Nursed Him Day and Night

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Let’s a take a moment and try defining the word “mother.â€� It seems impossible to whittle the definition down to one word or phrase. Being a mother means so much more than someone who gives birth to children. There are countless feelings and behaviors and sacrifices that go into motherhood. American novelist, essayist and poet,…

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The Link Between Childhood ADHD and Sleep Disorders That Can’t Be Ignored

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On October 24, 2018, Melody Yazdani, mother of 8-year-old Kian, posted a Facebook status that has caused ripples all over the internet. It was around a year in the making and came after a health scare her son endured because of something seemingly harmless – breathing through your mouth. Since he was born, Kian fulfilled…

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15 Reasons Why Your Aunt Is One of the Most Important People in the World

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Everyone has that favorite aunt – maybe you are that favorite aunt! Well, today we want to give some praise to all the amazing aunts that have impacted our lives. We’ll even go so far as to that behind every incredible human being, there’s an incredible aunt. It’s true. Of course, parents and grandparents have a…

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6 Tips for Choosing Child Care and Avoiding Bad Experiences with Caregivers

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Times have changed. Gone are the days where one parent or grandparents would be with their child all day. Of course, it this still happens. But, more often than not, both parents are working full-time jobs and grandma or grandpa aren’t in the picture. You know what that means… paying for expensive daycare programs. When…

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Autistic Boy Fails School Exams– Teacher Sends Him Home with Powerful Letter

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Every parent or grandparent wants their young ones to succeed in school. From getting good grades to getting even better friends, it warms the heart when that “perfect studentâ€� flies through school with flying colors. Reality is, more often than not, students struggle a lot throughout their studies. Fortunately or unfortunately, a student’s “successâ€� usually…

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Why Raising Kids Without Extended Family Nearby Sucks

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If we asked 100 people for their definitions of freedom, we could very well get 100 different answers. We would wager that one of the answers would have to do with the first time you moved out to live with your partner. No kids, no fights, no worries – complete freedom. But, as you would…

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Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain?

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Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. The unfortunate truth is, adults aren’t the only ones affected. Children and adolescents also commonly suffer from back pain (some estimates are up to 1 in 3!) Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain? The Spine Health…

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Richard Pringle: The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My Son

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Parents… your children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for knowing that you cherished them. [1] Parents around the world share this sentiment and yet, it’s still so easy to get caught up in life’s trivialities. Deadlines, chores, work, extracurricular activities… all the things that parents allow to take the…

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What to Do if No One RSVP’s for Your Child’s Birthday Party

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Imagine preparing 32 handmade goodie bags for your child to hand out to their classmates, each containing an invitation to their sixth birthday party, getting 15 RSVPs and then, on the day of the party, one whole hour in, no one shows up… That’s what happened to 6-year-old Teddy at his first ever birthday party…

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Mom Survey Finds Having Exactly 3 Kids Is the Most Stressful for Parents

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Kids are cute, but kids are stressful! Whether you’re a parent, educator, caregiver or even camp counselor, you are no stranger to the stresses of taking care of children. Even though this stress is shared by people around the world, for some weird reason, they still find themselves comparing who is more stressed or who…

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Sibling Rivalry: 7 Parenting Tips to Help Build Stronger Sibling Bonds

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Nothing feels more crushing than seeing family fight… What’s worse is when parents see their own children at each other’s throats – and over what!? Whose turn it is to wash dishes, who got the bigger bowl of ice cream for dessert, how long the other person has been using the family iPad, how the…

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Putting Kids to Bed Earlier Can Help Mom’s Mental Health, Study Says

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Moms have known it forever, but now there’s research to prove that kids who fall asleep by 8:30 p.m. are more likely to be happier and healthier. The BONUS part of this? When the kids hit the sack on time, mom’s mental health is better too! Early bedtime works for kids, because their melatonin levels peak around 8 p.m. Melatonin is a…

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Beautiful: Girl Reacts to Finding Out She’s Finally Going to Be Adopted

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A few years ago in 2015, when Paige and Daniel Zezulka from Athens, Georgia decided they wanted to become foster parents, they were placed with then-5-month-old Kai (3). While they expected the journey to be a difficult one, they did not expect what would come next. “We got a call about a little boy who…

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Breathtaking: Hundreds of Students Honor Teacher with Traditional Haka Dance

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If you walked into an auditorium of teenage boys stomping, yelling and heavily breathing, you might be tempted to make a 180-degree turn and walk right back out. But not so fast… At Palmerston North Boys’ High School, what you would have witnessed is called “haka,â€� a traditional wary cry, war dance, or challenge performed…

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Kent Has Down Syndrome and This is His Reaction Meeting His Newborn Brother

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Little to nothing can compare to a mother and father’s unconditional love for their child, but the unconditional love between Kent and his little brother Noah can definitely compete for top spot! When you see 4-year-old Kent’s sense of awe and joy upon seeing his newborn brother, you’ll see why. In March 2017, Kent in…

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Financial Elder Abuse: How Greedy Children are Cashing in on Dementia

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Two years ago, we published an article about Granny Pods and how they could revolutionize elderly care and mean the end of nursing homes. It was truly inspiring hearing about a company that treats seniors’ golden years like… gold, let alone the fact that children wanted their aging parents close to home. That’s why it’s…

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Rejection From Dad Can Lead to Social Anxiety Later In Life

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Do you remember your childhood best friend? Were you lucky enough to have more than one? It turns out the nature of your childhood friendships can have a pretty long-term impact. What’s even more fascinating is how your relationship with your parents lay the foundation for your friendships, and they can even be a potential…

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15-Year Old’s Dad Perfectly Captures What It Means to Be a Special Needs Parent

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Parenting a child with autism isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s frustrating. And sometimes, you just have to tell it like it is. My name is Frank. I have a 15-year-old son with “severeâ€� nonverbal autism and epilepsy, whom I affectionately refer to as “The King.â€� In 2011, I started a blog and Facebook…

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