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My Friend Has Cancer

My Friend Has Cancer

It was right after Christmas, 1988.

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Make Afternoons Easier With A Homework Routine

The first few fun, quiet weeks of school have passed...and, now, we are in the throes of it.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

You're your own worst critic.

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Perhaps It's Time To Toss The Stained Baby Clothes

Do I really need to keep that colorful-beads-on-wire toy —- like the ones you see in every doctor's office in America —-...

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Why Nursery Rhymes Work

When nothing else seems to work, why does, "Hush little baby don't say a word...?"

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When Can Kids Stay Home Alone?

It was a big deal when my oldest son turned 10 and I let him stay home alone for an hour or so. He had talked about it for months, and one...

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Are Some Born With The Innate Ability To Carry A Tune?

The experts at Music Together say "no"....that everyone has the ability to...

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IKEA Issues Urgent Recall of Child's Swing

Popular Swedish furniture manufacturer, IKEA, is recalling the GUNGGUNG indoor and outdoor swing for kids due to risk of serious injury.

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Mother And Son Spend Some Bonding Time At The Mall

My son, Cash'an and I really needed some time together last weekend, just him and me. It was one of those weekends when he spent a lot of...

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TV Time

I'm not a big fan of TV.

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Jack & Allie's

It's a cozy nook that doubles as a children's bookstore.

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West Hartford Moms Open Gym With Workouts, Schedules Especially Appealing To Parents

West Hartford Moms Open Gym With Workouts, Schedules Especially Appealing To Parents

Getting in shape can be overwhelming. "I had this idea of Boot Camp as someone screaming at you," says Laura Keever, who got up the...

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Cooking Up Some Resentment

I discovered only recently that cooking can be sort of enjoyable.

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Dietitian Offers Practical Meals To Satisfy Picky Eaters And Adults

The cardinal rule for discouraging your child from being a choosy eater: Only serve one meal for dinner. "The last thing you want to do is...

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Young Cancer Survivor Working On Invention To Help Other Kids

For last year's Invention Convention, 11-year-old Kylie Simonds of Naugatuck had to come-up with a solution to an everyday problem. "I...

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'Piggie & Elephant' Go To Yale

My youngest son, Ben, has this wonderfully quirky taste in books which has led us to finding many funny reads.  A few years ago, he...

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The Death of the Big American Family?

The Death of the Big American Family?

I come from a big family.  I am the oldest of four siblings.  But, how often do you here that anymore?  I feel like a...

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Breaking News: Soda is Still Bad For You

I've done it. I've kicked the crack -- I mean Diet Coke -- habit. After not drinking the poison for...

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Make 'Meet the Teacher' Night Matter

Make 'Meet the Teacher' Night Matter

Curriculum Night is coming up.  This "beginning-of-school" chance to really see the new classroom, and meet the new teacher (without...

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March Of Dimes Wants To Help Employers Support Working Mothers

March Of Dimes Wants To Help Employers Support Working Mothers

Recently, a group of bloggers, the Connecticut Working Moms, asked the question: Where do mothers with jobs, also breastfeeding a baby, pump...

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Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support

A quarter of a million dollars... that's how much the U.S....

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Adjusting to Preschool

Adjusting to Preschool

Week one: Smiles and no tears. 

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Ice Buckets, Taylor Swift and Family Fun!

Ice Buckets, Taylor Swift and Family Fun!

On the last day of a blissful, relaxing vacation, full of laughing, swimming and board games, our eldest son accepted the now-infamous Ice...

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Brushing Babies Teeth

Brushing Babies Teeth

I know you're SUPPOSED to brush twice a day, floss and visit the dentist every 6 months, but I think this new recommendation seems like...

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Parents Need An Education In Social Media Sites Their Kids Favor

"Incoming freshman advice: First one to get pregnant wins."

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Why I Didn't Post First-Day-of-School Pictures

I’ve got years’ worth of photos taken at the bus stop with various neighborhood kids holding up...

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Road Trip with the Kids

Road Trip with the Kids

"Are we there yet?"

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Driving with Kids

Driving with Kids

It's probably like putting on makeup, eating and talking on your cell phone all at once, I'm talking about when your kids are in the car...

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Yes, She's Writing About Sunscreen Again

Since you’re supposed to apply sunscreen 20 minutes (or something) before going in the sun, the idea of spray-on sunscreen never...

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Hope For 'Lotus Leaf' After Unsuccessful Kickstarter Campaign

Hope For 'Lotus Leaf' After Unsuccessful Kickstarter Campaign

A few weeks ago, I profiled Julie Robbins, a pre-natal massage therapist and creator of a pillow-based sleeping system for expectant moms,...

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Suffering A Concussion Is Risk For Children Playing Contact And Non-Contact Sports

Suffering A Concussion Is Risk For Children Playing Contact And Non-Contact Sports

The start of school means the beginning of fall sports for many kids but, this year, education will also rule the field. "Connecticut has...

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Goshen Animal Kingdom A Refuge For Tech-Addicted Families

Goshen Animal Kingdom A Refuge For Tech-Addicted Families

For many years I had driven by the story-high stone mountain on Route 4 in Goshen and wondered "What is that?"

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Tired Parents

Tired Parents

The timing of this Parents magazine article...

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To Peek or Not to Peek

I was one of those rare expectant mothers who did not want to know the gender of any of my babies until they...

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A Summer Adventure: The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

A Summer Adventure: The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

If you ever have occasion to travel to Columbus, Ohio, be sure to check-out a fabulous attraction.

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Art Bra

Art Bra

Think catwalk, creativity and cancer survivors!  Tickets are still available to Art Bra 2014.

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Tracking Device Can Dispatch Emergency Services If Needed For Elderly

Tracking Device Can Dispatch Emergency Services If Needed For Elderly

Diane Ragali is part of the "sandwich generation", planning her son's wedding, working part-time in a temp agency and taking care of her...

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Harry Helping Kids Relate to Others

Talking to kids about diversity and tolerance is not something that happened when we 40-somethings were...

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On Education


Sarah Cody
My boys have expanded my world in many, many ways. I know I'm supposed to discourage potty humor but, truthfully, I find it pretty funny, too. Read more…

Teresa M. Pelham
I am a freelance writer and mother of three boys. Unless you have three boys you can't imagine how oddly people react when they hear that. Read more…

Kristin Callinan
For 15 years, I spent my days rushing to make deadline. Now the most important thing in my world is my children. Read more…
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