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Holiday Stress, Suri's Christmas Puppy, and Paula Deen - Links We Love

Looking for a last minute Christmas craft? Here are some adorable ornaments to hang on your tree. -- AlphaMom So your in-laws put the fun in dysfunctional. Enjoy your holiday anyway with these stress-busting tips. -- Lemondrop Avoid buyer's...

Working Moms More Likely to be Depressed

A friend texted me the other day: "I spend my days taking care of everyone and everything," she said. "But who takes care of me?" It's a modern mom's lament. And it's more serious than a pity-party. Consider these statistics from Working Mother: ...

Will obesity in a pregnant woman sway her kid's vote?

I gotta tell ya, after reading this article, it's doubtful. Possible, sure--anything is--but doubtful. I love Olivia Judson, the biologist and oft-contributor to the New York Times. She brings out the science nerd buried not so far within me. Her...

Classical music reduces pregnancy stress

"Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, / To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak." So wrote William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, way back in 1697. Turns out the guy knew what he was talking about. Researchers in Taiwan studied pregnant women...

Madonna bans acting for daughter Lourdes

Don't mess with the material mom. I think we all know the consequences of that. But what about when you're her daughter? Lourdes is probably just as headstrong as her mommy and may even like to follow in her mother's big footsteps someday. Says...

Stress-free weeknights

It's 6:00 on a weeknight -- do you know where dinner is? Or where your sixth grader's homework is? How about the clean laundry? Or your sanity? Weeknights can be a nightmare, especially when the kids are in school, because suddenly there's so much to...

Extracurricular activities - How much is too much?

My older daughter's soccer coach called last night. I groaned when he told me he'd set soccer practices for the same day of the week that my daughter has dance. Now, one evening a week, she'll go from one dance class to the other, then directly to...

Family vacations - Memory-making is tiring

Last summer was our first attempt at a real family vacation (at the time, our girls were four and two). We spent our days exploring remote beaches, floating on rafts, and catching rays... heavenly. Our nights were spent at our campsite, which after...

Back-to-school changes parents' routines too

Shortly after school let out last spring, our schedule began to slide. The kids' normally strict bedtime began inching back, and now they're often up with us enjoying the sweetness of the late summer evenings. The flip side to this, of course, is...

Breakfast: The most important meal you never get to eat

What did I have for breakfast this morning? Two no-bake cookies and a strawberry-banana smoothie. Well, actually, I had what was left of my girls' smoothies when I hurried to clean up the breakfast dishes and get us all out the door for a doctor's...

Running while pregnant?

Can you run while you're pregnant? Sure, you probably CAN, but should you? I always have had that debate, both with myself and my OBGYNs. They generally hold that one should not run while one is pregnant. Ultimately, I've concurred with them and...

A bad marriage can make you sick

The reasons why people stay in bad relationships are as varied as people themselves. Some stick it out for the sake of the children, some are afraid to be alone and some just can't financially make on their own. Whatever the reasons for staying in a...

A cure for nail biting?

I am not a nail-biter, but I totally get why people do it. Like popping bubble wrap, I imagine that once you get started it is hard to stop. According to studies, about 45 percent of adolescents bite their fingernails. I had a good friend back in...

Stressed out pregnant moms drinking and smoking

I know lots of women who drink alcohol and some who smoke cigarettes. I don't know a single one who did either while pregnant. Well, for all I know these women were hiding in their garages each night secretly chugging wine and puffing on cigarettes,...

Are you suffering from caregiver syndrome?

If you aren't already caring for a family member who is aging or ill, there is a good chance that at some point you will be. According to the American Academy of Geriatric Psychiatrists, one out of every four American families is currently caring for...

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