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

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, parenting

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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?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Pain Management, parenting

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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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Using Essential Oils To Manage ADHD Symptoms and Improve Productivity

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, parenting

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition characterized by hyperactivity, inability to maintain focus, and impulsive behavior. It usually starts in early childhood (8.4% prevalence among children), with a good chance of continuing into adulthood (2.5% prevalence among adults). Individual symptoms vary but the three generally accepted types are: Inattentive type Hyperactive/impulsive type Combined…

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Forcing Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, News + Discoveries, parenting

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When you were younger, can you remember how many battles were fought over a green thing on your dinner plate? Whether it was a tiny pea, a smelly brussels sprout or boiled broccoli, you would rather go to bed kicking and screaming without dessert than put those veggies in your mouth. Looking back, was it…

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4 Ways to Help Your Child Handle After-School Restraint Collapse

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As parents and caregivers, it is extremely gratifying when your kid’s teacher tells you how much of stellar, loving, and cooperative student they are at school. So, why is that when it’s time for you to spend time with your kid… they go from supposed angel to absolute devil!? Some parents probably go home scratching…

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Nurse Discovers Colleague Was Premature Baby She Cared For 28 Years Ago

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Every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 15 million babies born early (or preterm) – and this number continues to rise. Linked to that are preterm birth complications, which are the leading cause of death for children 5-years-old and under. But, what exactly does preterm mean? Generally, says WHO, babies…

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Mom’s Warning After a Common Mistake Killed Her Baby

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No parent should ever have to experience the dreaded phone call Lisa Smith got three years ago… Smith’s daughter’s babysitter had just placed 17-month-old Mia into her car seat for a nap. Shortly after, the babysitter called Smith while she was at work. “Worst call I’ve ever had in my life,â€� she said. [1,2] “’Drop…

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Raising a Child Without Sugar: Breaking the Sugar Addiction

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, parenting

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Parents often use treats in the form of candy as rewards to toddlers and children for good behavior or accomplishments such as using the potty. It seems everywhere we turn, sugar is being marketed to children. Every sugar-coated holiday (Trick-or-treating, chocolate bunnies, birthday cake) creates more obsessed sugar monsters. Obviously our society has a huge…

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10 Signs You Grew Up Chronically Lonely

Pierre Van ZylMental Health, parenting, Personal Growth + Development

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It’s pretty common to feel isolated in adulthood- long-distance friendships are basically the norm and everyone’s so busy, it’s hard to connect. But children can be lonely too, even if they’re not actually alone. Here are the some of the subtle signs of a lonely kid: Signs of a Lonely Kid 1. Incessant Talking Kids…

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Product Recall: 32 Children’s Medications With Microbial Contamination

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, News + Discoveries, parenting

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Homeopathic pharmaceutical company, King Bio is implementing a voluntary product recall on 32 items manufactured between 08/01/2015 and 08/01/2018. These were distributed from August 2017 – July 2018. A small number have tested positive for microbial contamination. Bio King is registered with the FDA and no illnesses have been reported at this point.[1,2] According to…

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Gay Teacher Shuts Down Homophobic Mom Who Pulled Her Kids from His Class

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There’s a viral story making its rounds about a gay teacher who fabulously shut down a homophobic mom who pulled her kids from his drama class – and his response is exactly what you would expect from a gay drama teacher. It all started when… A mother in Kidderminister, England decided against sending her kids…

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Staying at Home with Your Children is Harder Than Going to Work

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There are many social stigmas attached to women (and men) who choose to leave the workforce to become “stay at home mums/dads” or “homemakers.” Most people view the ability to stay at home with growing children a luxury. But is it? Becoming A Stay At Home Mom A lot of stay at home parents express how…

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WATCH: Viral Pediatrician Shows You How to Hold and Calm a Crying Baby

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Finally, your eyes start to shut and your mind begins drifting into a care-free world of no responsibilities. For the first time in weeks, your spouse isn’t even snoring. But, within what feels like five minutes, something pulls you from your slumber. You squint turning on your lamp and look at your clock – three…

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Mom’s Post Desperately Asking Husband to Help with their New Baby Goes Viral.

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Most moms and wives find themselves overwhelmed and stressed out by the numerous day-to-day tasks they are required to juggle. Even more so now then they did before! In addition to being a wife and a mother, women have full-time jobs and careers they have to maintain. Even with the help of babysitters, women today…

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Forty years and counting……

Pierre Van ZylAging, gratitude, parenting, TheUnluckyPath

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Random ponderings on turning forty……..There is genuine sadness and mourning when a favorite piece of makeup is discontinued…….it has taken me years to perfect the “easy, 5-minute, naked-faceâ€� look. Now I have to start that one piece over ag…

Why Did God Create Grandmas? Boy’s Answer Has Everyone Cracking Up

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“Well, God made grandmothers to love and care about’cha that’s all I know…” This adorable little boy’s answer for Why Did God Create Grandmothers? is cracking everyone up. This literally might be the cutest 30-second video ever, and the internet seems to agree. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if this little guy sat down to…

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10-Year-Old Boy Looking To Get Out Of Foster Care Says He’ll “Do Anything” For His Dream Family

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There are thousands of kids in foster care in the US, many of whom can only dream of what living in a stable family home would be like. One boy in particular is keen on fulfilling his dream of having a family and has put his hopes out into the universe. The Fun-Loving Boy Any…

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How One Mother’s Trip To A Rest Stop Nearly Became A Child Abduction Case

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Children are an important part of our lives and they provide us with an insurmountable amount of laughter, joy, and love. The last thing anyone wants to think about is their child being abducted, but it’s a harsh reality that occurs frequently in the US. In 2016 alone, there were 179 AMBER Alerts issued involving…

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How A Lack of Pregnancy Signs Led To One Woman Giving Birth On The Toilet

Pierre Van ZylHeal, parenting, Women’s Health

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Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life that is characterized by a plethora of bodily changes. From a growing belly, to swollen ankles, to morning sickness – pretty much every inch of your body is affected by the life growing inside of you. But what if you don’t realize you’re pregnant until the…

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How One Boy’s Obituary Reframed His Childhood Cancer Story

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, parenting

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There is nothing light-hearted about a loved one succumbing to cancer, and no family can prepare for the heartbreak that follows, especially when that person is their own child. But one 5-year-old boy’s creative obituary managed to help his parents cope with the difficulty of losing him and provided some comedic relief during a very…

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10 Truths That Every “Mom of Boys Only” Needs to Know

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When a psychotherapist, relationship expert, author, speaker and mother of three boys reveals deep truths about, well, being a mother of boys, you listen. If there is anyone who fits that bill, it’s Abby Rodman who has helped enlighten “mom of boys onlyâ€� in a recent piece for Huffington Post. It seems to have come…

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Why Parents Are No Longer Forcing Their Kids to Hug Anyone

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As a child walking into a family function, did you have parents who would tell you to hug every relative in the room before being allowed to run off and play with the other kids your age? Did you ever make sure your kids hugged family members or friends when you all got together? Well,…

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Dad, Carlos Morales, Raises Quadruplets After Wife Dies During Childbirth

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Do you remember Carlos Morales, the father of quadruplets whose wife, Erica, died during childbirth? Well, he’s doing an amazing job as a dad! It’s not Father’s Day but let’s take a look at the incredible job he has done to raise four beautiful children over the years… In March 2015, Carlos was finally able…

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Dad Does Ballet With His Daughter After She Suffers Stage Fright

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Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and apparently ballet teachers are no strangers to temper tantrums. This was made quite clear in a heart-warming video of a dancing daddy that was since gone viral! If there’s anything more charming than a two-year-old girl doing ballet, it’s her daddy copying the combination of pirouettes and plies. It all started…

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