Author: Armin

Calm for Expectant Moms + Vaccination Amnesia

Interviews with Alice Domar, author of “Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom,” about reducing stress, anxiety, and mood swings during your pregnancy; and William Miller, author of “The Microcosm Within,” about the myths and truth about vaccines, the lives they’ve saved, and what happens when people don’t vaccinate their kids.

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Food and Chocolate

We all know how crazy things can get when you’re trying to get your kids and yourself out the door in time for school and work. If you’re looking for some food ideas to shake things up a little, we’ve got you covered. Sweet Heat Yoghurt (Noosa) Noosa yoghurt has been a favorite since we first tried it. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but well worth the splurge now and then. It’s made in small batches on a family farm from all natural whole milk, fresh fruit purees, and honey, and you won’t find this kind of quality in...

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Lightening the Load of Kids’ Backpacks

Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son’s backpack weighs a ton (actually, 25 pounds, but it feels like a ton), and I’m afraid he’s going to hurt himself hauling it around. You’ve talked about the dangers of overloaded packs before, but as far as I can tell, backpacks don’t seem to be getting any smaller. I suggested that he get a wheely backpack, but he just rolled his eyes and says it’s not cool. I want to talk to the school administrators about this problem, but need some facts to back me up. Please help. A: Every year, a month...

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It‘s Child Passenger Safety Week: Please Help Us Spread This Important Message

Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States? That can be a pretty scary thought—and will probably (hopefully) get you thinking about making sure your child is safely snuggled into a car seat every time you head out to school, the grocery store, or anywhere else around town. But how do you know if your child is in the right seat?   One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to help parents and caregivers answer that exact question. It starts with a visit...

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Becoming an Empowered Young Woman + Raising Human Beings

Interviews with Naomi Katz, author of “Beautiful,” about how to help girls deal with the most challenging issues of adolescence, including body image, the media, relationships, competition, sex, and peer pressure; and Ross Greene, author of “Raising Human Beings,” about figuring out who are children are and helping achieve their life goals.

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Backpacks and More

Well, school’s well underway and hopefully you’ve loaded up on markers, pencils, protractors, and other school supplies. But what if you underestimated how much stuff your child has to lug to school and just realized that she needs a bigger backpack? And what if your printer is getting low on ink and you just about passed about when you saw how much those new cartridges costs? Not to worry: we’ve got solutions for you right here. Backpacks and Rucksacks (Sydney Paige) Sydney Paige makes backpacks that are so snazzy that you might be tempted to go back to school...

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Grandfatherhood: Second Chances Really Do Exist

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m in my early 70s now and just retired. I put in long hours and did a lot of travel when I was working, so I wasn’t around for my son and daughter as much as I wish I could have been. But now that I’m a grandfather, I don’t want to miss an opportunity to build strong relationships with my grandkids. The problem is, I don’t know how. Where do I start? A: With today’s fathers taking on a much more active role in their kids’ lives, you may be part of the last generation...

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September is Baby Safety Month

Babies are hard-wired to explore—and that’s a good thing. By exploring, babies learn about their world: how objects move, their textures, what sounds they make when they’re dropped or thrown or squished, how they respond to getting poked or prodded, and how they look from different angles. Oh, and let’s not forget how they taste. As anyone who’s spent time around a baby knows, babies put just about everything in their mouth. As parents, one of our main responsibilities is to keep our children safe every single day. So the fact that September is Baby Safety Month—which is sponsored...

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