Eight years ago, when my son was born, I made the decision to quit my job as a college counselor in order to dedicate myself to writing full time. It was a difficult decision, though, because I loved that job. I loved talking to teenagers every day, hearing about their successes and their failures, and seeing them evolve from timid ninth graders into confident … [Read more...] about Why College Essays are Just Like Real Life
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Let's talk baby weight. Gaining it, losing it, and how celebrities on covers of magazines make the rest of us feel bad. Correction: How they make *some people* feel bad. As a lone duck, I'm here to shout that no woman should feel bad when seeing such images... we should feel empowered. (No, I'm not drunk.) Trust that I know how sensitive this topic is, and please keep in mind … [Read more...] about Can Real Women Do the Celeb Post-Baby Body Bounce-back?
In your children's, and perhaps your, perfect world, they would each have their own bedroom to retreat to for playtime, homework and sleep. In reality, they have to share the room and, sometimes, you've considered giving up your own just to keep the peace. Sharing a room is a great way for children to learn to get along with each other. Guidelines for behavior will help them … [Read more...] about Guidelines for Children Sharing Bedrooms
A recent study suggests that giving kids antibiotics has little effect on speeding the recovery of some types of ear infections, while it does raise the risk of some side effects. The study found that 80% of otherwise healthy children would recover from an acute ear infection within a few days if given medication only to relieve pain or fevers. Given antibiotics instead, 92% … [Read more...] about Do Antibiotics Really Work for Ear Infections?
As you wait for that little bundle of joy to appear, remember that he needs you as much during the pregnancy as he will after the birth. Use common sense, practice a healthy lifestyle, and listen to your doctor during your pregnancy to help ensure that your healthy pregnancy produces a healthy baby.Practice Healthy EatingWhat you consume and how much of it is important during … [Read more...] about Guidelines for a Healthy Pregnancy