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Traveling without kids? Get your papers ready.

This week, my husband and I will pack up the kids and drive over ten hours to begin our vacation. After spending a few days with the in-laws, we will be packing up and getting on an airplane for some mommy and daddy alone time. While we've been busy...

Have your friends disappeared now that you've had a baby?

Social circles are so funny...and strange...and very real. I remember the people I hung out with way back when before I even thought about having a child. I barely know any of those folks any more, and the ones I do I see rarely. Back then I also...

ParentDish Sleepover for Sunday, April 22, 2007

It's Sunday again, which means tomorrow I'm back at the day job. For now, however, the internet beckons, even as the kids play quietly loudly in their room. Here are some posts of note for you to enjoy as well. When I was in my late teens/early...

John and Elizabeth Edwards on cancer and family

People has an interesting article profiling US democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth's cancer has recently returned, and the two discuss the impact of the devastating turn in her health on both her husband's...

Tennessee lawmaker wants to publicly identify women who have abortions

A new bill introduced in Tennessee aims to require a death certificate for abortions -- a public document which could identify the mother. The bill's author, Representative Stacey Campfield, a Republican, says the bill is intended to simply track the...

Record year for c-sections, unwed births

The CDC's report on US births has released its statistics for 2005, and there are some interesting notes. 2005 was a record year for C-sections (30.2% of all births) and unwed Mothers giving birth (up 12% from 2002.) I had a baby in 2005 and fall...

Have kids? You're more likely to die young

We probably should've seen this coming. After years of speculation that the physical and emotional strain of child-rearing was sapping the life out of us one unforgiving day at a time, someone went and proved it: our kids are slowly killing us. (Not...

Would you bring your child to a chiropractor?

There's an interesting article in the January issue of Pediatrics regarding chiropractic care and children. According to the review, parents should be wary of chiropractic spinal adjustments, saying they could possibly cause injury. Out of the 13...

The Crocodile Hunter's wife given only copy of his final video

It is well known that Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray stab to the heart on September 4, was filmed during his final outing as he swam with stingrays. Many an Internet voyeur has been itching to get their hands on that footage to view those...

Life and death happen together for one writer

Sometimes, when it comes down to having a baby, we get caught up in all the details. I'll admit, I'm guilty of it, too. You worry more about trying to do it naturally or following a birth plan to the T rather than the end result, which is a baby. I...

Thanksgiving in the Rocky Mountains

As I posted a couple of days ago, this year Thanksgiving in our house is vastly different than past holidays. This will be the first major holiday without my father and the first time I have spent such a day without my children. Over the weekend the...

Does the family bed ever end?

When my first son was born I was young and terribly inexperienced. Still in college at the time, I was not nearly prepared for all that would come with the new title of Mom. One aspect that particularly kicked me in the butt was sleeping. During the...

Are you an open or a closed door family?

I grew up in a house where we slept with the doors open at night. The only time I ever wondered if this was a good idea was when we had Fire Safety Day at school and the firefighters told us it was best to sleep with the door closed to protect...

The risks of intense athletic training in the young

If you have older children who are active in sports, they are likely returning to the athletic fields this month in preparation for fall sports. Often the practices are in the mid morning, late afternoons, or in some cases, children are required to...

Wal Mart employees not helpful during a mother's emergency

Not to harp on a subject too much, but this one I believe needs to be addressed again. Yesterday a reader sent in an a tip about a baby locked in a hot car. Today another reader sent us a link to her own horror story of accidentally locking her baby...

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