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Why Millennials Might Just Make the Best Parents

Why Millennials Might Just Make the Best Parents

Shrugging off the self-obsessed stereotype, millennials are proving that they actually make pretty rad parents — here’s why!
Older Parents: Millennials may not be old. Between 2000 and 2014, the average age of a first-time mama rose by 1.4 years.
That doesn’t make you tech-crazy.
Shifting Roles: Long gone are the Don Draper days when Dad took the train to work while mom stayed home and took on 100 percent of the parenting duties. This means that contemporary kids with a mom and dad are being treated to two parents who are completely invested in them.
Millennials value experiences. This doesn’t mean they don’t want to “settle down.” They do: You know that you want a family and are totally overjoyed to make a home with your S.O.
Kids First: Millennials aren’t as self-centered as everyone thinks. That so-called selfishness somehow translates into selflessness when millennials become moms and dads.

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Postpartum Anxiety: She Wasn’t Sick, But I Am

Postpartum Anxiety: She Wasn’t Sick, But I Am

Have you ever had a night terror that feels real?
However, when the fears start to dictate your life, you distance yourself from people who love you or your intrusive thoughts start to flourish into plans of running away, it is more than the blues and you should seek help.
I have heard of postpartum depression, but I felt like something else needed to be addressed.
It was the first and only time she cried during a bath. The image of the broken woman sitting on the bathroom floor wanting nothing more than her own mom to save her, while simultaneously wanting to be alone with her baby, will always be etched in my mind.
I even lashed out at my mom for wanting to hold her.
Changes will be made when a mother and baby are born, but they should not be negative changes that control your life. Being a mom is scary, you do not however, need to live in fear.

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How to Keep Kids Calm During Shots (and a Bonus Reason For Doing so)

How to Keep Kids Calm During Shots (and a Bonus Reason For Doing so)

It’s that time of year again when I have to keep a huge secret from my kids.
Children are certainly not in a good mood when they know they have to get a flu shot.
For years, researchers have been studying a range of factors that can affect our immune response to vaccines, such as sleep, stress, physical activity, and nutrition. The study began two weeks before the vaccine was administered when individuals took a blood test to check antibody levels.
It’s times like these when we need to rely on the breath to get us through the stress. Ask your child to breathe in as you expand your hands to a heart shape.
Another option is to bring along some beautiful pictures of nature to look at. Research shows that viewing pictures of nature scenes can reduce stress because our parasympathetic nervous system (which helps us to calm down) is activated. To calm your child down, read a book with calming nature pictures or pull up some photos on your phone or iPad.
According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing improves our body and mind and is one of the simplest tools we have for reducing stress and anxiety.

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6 Tricks to Make Halloween Treats a Non-Issue for Your Allergic Kid

6 Tricks to Make Halloween Treats a Non-Issue for Your Allergic Kid

My daughter has multiple food allergies.
Jennifer Roblin takes her seven-year-old non-allergic son trick-or-treating while her husband stays home with their daughter, who is four and has multiple food allergies.
Instead of sifting through all of her son’s candy and reading all of the labels to determine what’s safe, she replaces everything with Enjoy Life Halloween candies.
Her allergic daughter gets to keep whatever is safe for her.
For parents of younger kids who want their kids to experience as much of the “normal” (read: allergy-free) Halloween experience as possible, a little benign trickery goes a long way. Jennifer Devine Pirozzoli usually takes her kids to the homes of other family members, which gives her the opportunity to run up to the door with an entire bag of safe candy from which her child can choose, without ever knowing that that mom hand-picked it in advance.

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Just 12 Of The Cutest Baby Costumes On The Internet

Just 12 Of The Cutest Baby Costumes On The Internet

As much as I love dressing up for Halloween, nothing beats the adorable baby costumes you can see little ones rocking when October 31 rolls around.
It’s especially precious when the whole family gets together to coordinate their Halloween costumes!
And there’s still plenty of time to snag one of the super-cute items below from Amazon. Even if you aren’t planning on dressing up with your little monster, you have to admit they’d look precious in any one of these awesome baby costumes.
Do you know someone who’s still looking for something their youngster can wear this Halloween?
Do you know someone with a little one who needs help finding a costume? Do you know someone with a little one who needs help finding a costume?

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When Can You Feel Your Baby Move? Get Ready, Soon-To-Be Moms

When Can You Feel Your Baby Move? Get Ready, Soon-To-Be Moms

You continue to worry and wonder, until you start feeling those flutter and kicks across your uterus each day.
According to experts at BabyCenter, when you feel the first flutters or kicks of you baby moving depends entirely on you and your body, with most moms-to-be feeling their babies move sometime between 16 and 22 weeks gestation. Because every body and pregnancy is be different, the American Pregnancy Association (APA) warns moms-to-be to not compare their experience to others’ or to their previous pregnancies, and to remember that as in most things related to pregnancy, the “normal” time to start feeling baby kicks is a pretty wide range — anywhere from 13 to 25 weeks gestation. Your baby, like you, is unique.
The site notes that because they know what they are feeling, women who have been pregnant previously tend to report feeling movement earlier than first-time moms.
According to BabyCenter, you may not feel regular baby kicks or punches from until the third trimester, when your fetus will bump against you every time they turn and shift positions. That’s when you can expect your baby to develop their own pattern of regular movement as your pregnancy progresses. Some doctors recommend that you “count baby kicks” each day and let them know if you don’t feel at least 10 movements in a two hour period, as it may indicate a problem.

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