Preterm Birth: Partly Preventable

by Jane Wangersky September 1st, 2014 | Health, Pregnancy
I’ve written about the time I thought I was going into labor at seven months. Though that was a false alarm, preterm labor is always a possibility for pregnant women -- one in eight babies in the U.S. is born before 37 weeks’ gestation. (A full term pregnancy is actually considered to be 40 weeks, but after 37 it’s not called preterm anymore.) Babies born early need extra care and attention, and not just because they’re smaller and more vulnerable. Full term babies are developing right up until birth, and preterm babies miss out on some of
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Helping Your Teen Transition Back to School Year Mode

by Jennifer S. Rowe August 29th, 2014 | School, Teens
So here it is folks, it’s that time of the year again! Summer is coming to an end, and those words that your kids just love to hear “back to school” are weighing heavily on their minds. As a parent, I have to try and remember how I felt when it was time to return to school and leave summer behind. I do remember, especially as a teenager, some of the worries I had, such as would I see all of my friends and would we be back together in the same classes? I also have to remember that
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Help Your Tween Fit in at School

by Lori Sciame August 28th, 2014 | Big Kids, School, Tweens
Tweens yearn to fit in at school.  It's an awkward time.  As outlined by the American School Counselor Association, children at this age must learn to cope with bodily changes, work on social skills, become adept at handling peer pressure, and develop personal interests and goals.  Add in the fact that they must also be more responsible for their behavior, and you can see how trying this time in a child's life can be.

There are many ways you can assist your tween with fitting in at his or her
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