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This Pregnancy-Related Condition Kills Half A Million Babies, But Isn’t Getting Much Funding

This Pregnancy-Related Condition Kills Half A Million Babies, But Isn’t Getting Much Funding

Author: Lauren Vinopal / Source: Fatherly Preeclampsia, the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S., is on the rise with a 63 percent increase in cases since 1980, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the condition, characterized by dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy, costs the healthcare system roughly $2.18 billion. And, from an epidemiological perspective, preeclampsia is growing at […]

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6 Illustrations That Reimagine Classic Disney Characters in Modern Times

6 Illustrations That Reimagine Classic Disney Characters in Modern Times

Author: Blake Harper / Source: Fatherly Throughout the 20th Century, Disney created a seemingly endless parade of classic kid’s movies. They’re still as beloved as ever but they sometimes do feel a bit dated to some. What, artist Tom Ward wondered, would iconic characters look like if they existed into the world of 2017? His resulting illustrations place such characters as Dumbo […]

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The Overlooked Importance of Our Kids’ Alone Time

The Overlooked Importance of Our Kids’ Alone Time

He always had trouble writing at his desk, staring off into space, or looking sadly at the heads of the writers bent over their papers while he’d written so little.
These kids needed space and alone time to do their best work.
A typical school day These kids, like most kids, spend the majority of their day interacting with others.
After school, there are dance lessons, sports practice, tutoring groups, and more interactive activities.
Most of their time is spent with others with little time and space to be alone.
Desks are placed close together, often facing each other.
Little time and space is given for quiet reflection and creativity that some students crave.
All children need to learn how to interact with others and work in groups, but children also need to develop the abilities to work and play independently.
Rarely do we worry about children who can’t work alone, who are bored unless they have other kids around or a scheduled activity to engage them.
Children shouldn’t spend their days engaged in school, lessons, and practices, then homework, until they finally fall into bed, exhausted.

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10 Tips From Experts to Bully-Proof Your Kids

10 Tips From Experts to Bully-Proof Your Kids

The good thing is that experts have found that some approaches are helpful in bully-proofing kids.
1 | Encourage kids to ask for help According to the bullying expert Stan Davis, asking for help is more effective than telling bullies to stop.
According to Davis, asking for help provides bullied kids with support and encouragement.
Dr Borba suggests that as early as age three we can teach our kids to be confident.
Dr Borba also proposes teaching kids to practice making different faces (sad, brave, etc.)
The study found that when kids were raised in positive environments they were less likely to be bullied or to become bullies themselves.
Children raised in families where physical violence was common were more likely to display bullying behavior or to accept bullying.
4 | Get involved There is now clear evidence that one of the most effective ways to put a stop to bullying is to foster a positive climate in school.
It is one thing for schools to say that they “take bullying very seriously.” How they put this into practice is quite another.
Given that bullies are fueled by timid reactions such as crying, she suggests that we teach our kid to speak with a firm voice and give them a few scripted lines to practice, such as “stop bothering me!” However, according to the bullying expert Stan Davis, such an approach is not always effective in putting an end to bullying and kids should be encouraged to speak out in order to effectively address bullying.

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Baby Watches Mom Say ‘Ow!’ As She Peels Eggs For Dinner, But Daughter Can’t Stop Laughing

Baby Watches Mom Say ‘Ow!’ As She Peels Eggs For Dinner, But Daughter Can’t Stop Laughing

Baby Watches Mom Say ‘Ow!’ As She Peels Eggs For Dinner, But Daughter Can’t Stop Laughing.
When 30-year-old mother Loren Hine peels eggs for dinner, she keeps her 11-month-old daughter Madeline nearby.
She does this both to keep an eye on her baby girl while she’s cooking and to watch her reaction as she peels eggs to prepare dinner.
In the video below, Loren boils the eggs and then peels them for dinner, but Madeline thinks of the eggs as more of a toy than a meal.
This drives her to say “ow!” which sends sweet Madeline into fits of laughter.
Watching her mama peel eggs is never-ending fun for Madeline — Loren peels multiple eggs in the video below, and Madeline laughs just as hard, if not harder, every time.
I love how Madeline can find joy in the smallest of happenings — it’s something I’m trying to do more of myself.
Loren is so lucky that she has her precious daughter to make preparing dinner more fun!
Please SHARE this video with your friends and family on Facebook if you love Madeline’s joy.
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7 Summer Vacation Boredom Busters

7 Summer Vacation Boredom Busters

Angela Zimmerman of Common Sense Media offers some suggestions to keep your kids busy and involved all season long.
Dozens of cool, crafty, and creative ideas for kids of all ages are easy to download, stream, read, and share.
Outdoor movie night Transform your backyard into a movie theater with a projector and a bed sheet, and pick a family fave streaming on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
Create a cozy space to recline, pass the popcorn, and voilà: instant blockbuster with the fam.
Set your sights on stargazing Point kids’ eyes skyward for the extraordinary Perseid meteor shower, which happens between July 17 and August 24 and peaks on August 12.
For nights leading up to and after it, download an astronomy app or two for constellation spotting year-round.
Turn little adventure seekers into budding botanists using an app like Project Noah to identify plants, map a hunt at the local library to take a tour through kids’ literature, or give geocaching a try to uncover secret treasures near and far.
Beachy book club Find a fab page-turner to devour oceanside (or poolside, or park-side, or couch-side) with your kid.
Early readers will love exploring a read-aloud book with Mom and Dad, and older kids will enjoy diving deep into books that really resonate with them and discussing them with you.
Enroll in a virtual Summer camp From coding and cooking to gaming and Summer reading, there are plenty of cool ways to keep little minds engaged throughout the dog days of Summer, without even leaving the house.

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This Is the Surprising Source of Most Mom-Shaming

This Is the Surprising Source of Most Mom-Shaming

But the CS Mott Children’s Hospital survey certainly does.
More mothers than not say they’ve been criticized about their parenting choices.
That’s 61 percent of mothers of children up to age five, according to the poll.
With roughly three-fifths of surveyed moms feeling like they’ve been criticized, you may start to wonder just who is doing all this shaming.
Of course, almost the same percentage of mamas feel judged by their own parents.
The stats on other mothers are kind of surprising.
That number falls to a mere seven percent for social media comments — which is actually a bit lower than the eight percent who feel judged by their child’s health care provider.
An overwhelming 70 percent of mothers surveyed reported discipline as a topic of criticism, which we guess isn’t completely shocking.
On top of that, a majority of those polled think moms are being blamed too much and aren’t getting enough credit for their kiddos’ behavior.
Do you feel your parenting gets judged?

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