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Highlights from June 2007

Full-Time Rewards from Part-Time Work

parttimework.jpg By Tracy Mayor New moms who want to -- or must -- maintain their careers have long turned to part-time positions as the best way to keep working while still spending as much time as possible with their babies. But often there is... Read more

Preventing Serious Lawnmower Injuries

As droves of preteens and teens take to cutting lawns as part of their household chores or to earn extra cash, getting them to follow basic safety precautions is essential to avoiding severe injuries. In 2006, more than 220,000 people...As droves of preteens and teens take to cutting lawns as part of their household chores or to earn extra cash, getting them to follow basic safety precautions is essential to avoiding severe injuries. In 2006, more than 220,000 p... Read more

Woods & Camping Safety For the Whole Family

Planning a safe family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared. Knowing your limits, taking the time to plan ahead, and packing the right items will help your adventure go off without a hitch. Read on...Planning a safe family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared. Knowing your limits, taking the time to plan ahead, and packing the right items will help your adventure go off without a hitch. Read on to ge... Read more



Complete June 2007 Archive
All About Milk--Good for Moms, Good for Kids
Ten-Year-Old Girl Running for President
A Visit to the Art Museum
Kids' All-Time Favorite Sandwich--Ice Cream!
The Father's Day Gift You Give Your Kids
Mom's Worrying May Improve Baby's Development
Raising a Healthy Child
Is This Baby Sitter Too Young?: Good Enough Moms
Organize Your Paper and Plans
Blueberries with Berry Cream: Mama Cooks
Cathy's Caesar Salad
The Babysitter
Help Your Children Handle Big Feelings
De-stress Your Mornings
Exercise Your Brain
Packing a Few Extra Pounds? Try Packing a Lunch: Your Health
Being Smart About Cosmetic Procedures
Stop Comparing!
Organizing and Sharing Family Vacation Photos
Communication and Your 2-3 Year-Old
Engage Your Endorphins: The Medicine Mom
Have a Campfire at Home
We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet: Diseases You Can Get From Ticks and Mosquitoes

June 2007 Archives

Say Cheese...and Wine


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Cheese is great for sharing and ideal for relaxed entertaining. Next time instead of serving a full-blown meal, why not invite friends round for a carefully selected cheeseboard? Most cheeses are excellent to serve as they come. Some specialty bread or crackers and a glass of wine on the side will be enough to make them unforgettable.

How to prepare a cheeseboard
Keep it simple. Too many small portions of different cheeses make it difficult to choose. If cheese will be the dessert, choose one hard cheese, one medium-soft, and one blue. For a cheese and wine party, add a second cheese of each kind plus one soft cheese ... Continue reading Say Cheese...and Wine.


Birth Control After the Baby


By Beth Weinhouse If you've just had a child, you may find it hard to believe, but eventually you are going to be interested in having sex again. In fact, obstetricians say -- and scientific studies back them up...

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By Beth Weinhouse

If you've just had a child, you may find it hard to believe, but eventually you are going to be interested in having sex again. In fact, obstetricians say -- and scientific studies back them up -- that most American couples resume having sexual intercourse within several weeks of having a baby. (It's a fair bet that much of this post-partum sex is at the male partner's instigation, since the most fervent desire new mothers have when they get into bed is for o ... Continue reading Birth Control After the Baby.


Easy Steps to Lower Your Cooling Bills


With hot summer weather just around the corner, now is the time to give your home a "check-up." Here are six tips from the Comfort Institute to make sure your air conditioning bills don't blow your cool!

1. Have your duct system tested for air leaks. Many assume that windows and doors are the major cause of a home's energy wasting air leaks. But according to recent research by the Department of Energy (DOE), gaps, joints and disconnections in the typical home's duct system are much more significant. The DOE states that the typical duct system loses 25 to 40 percent of the energy put out by the central heat pump or air conditioner. ... Continue reading Easy Steps to Lower Your Cooling Bills.


Separation Anxiety


Unfortunately, teary and tantrum-filled goodbyes are a very common part of a child's earliest years. Around the first birthday, it is common for kids to develop separation anxiety, getting upset when a parent tries to leave them with someone else....

Unfortunately, teary and tantrum-filled goodbyes are a very common part of a child's earliest years. Around the first birthday, it is common for kids to develop separation anxiety, getting upset when a parent tries to leave them with someone else. Though separation anxiety is a perfectly normal part of childhood development, it can be unsettling. Understanding what your child is going through and having a few coping strategies in mind can go a long way toward helping both of you get through it.

How Separation Anxiety Develops
When your baby was first born, you likely noticed that he or she adapted pretty well to other ... Continue reading Separation Anxiety.


15 Ways to Spice Up Your Love Life


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By Jessica Brown

The moment finally feels right: You finally got the kids to bed, you've slipped into something sexy that's not stained with finger-paint, and then...zzz. You are conked out. For you and your partner, the lure of the sleep wins out over sex yet again. Time and energy may not be things any young mom has in abundance, but fortunately, you don't need either to add sizzle to a sex life that might be slumping.
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Have some thoughts about marriage ... Continue reading 15 Ways to Spice Up Your Love Life.


Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Look and Feel Younger


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The challenges of being a Gen X mom are more demanding than ever. Whether it's alternating between soccer practices and ballet recitals or library nights and professional careers, keeping all the balls in the air can take a toll on a mom's state of mind, as well as the state of her appearance. In response to these everyday challenges, moms are finding ways to feel better and look younger with new exercise trends, fashion, nutrition and even medical procedures.

"Consumer trends show that women in their 40s are becoming more and more focused on looking and feeling good. With a higher disposable income than ever, American women are s ... Continue reading Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Look and Feel Younger.


Tame Your Temper


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By Margit Ragland

While anger may seem like an uncontrollable emotion that rears its head without much warning, actually, this emotion is fairly well understood by experts. Simply put, people get upset and angry when they don't get what they want, explains Carl Semmelroth, PhD, author of The Anger Habit and The Anger Habit in Parenting (Sourcebooks).
For example, if your child unexpectedly makes a mess just before company arrives, you're likely to get frustrated and angry. In this situation, what you want is a clean house when your friends come over. Or maybe your husband doesn't listen when you try to make weekend p ... Continue reading Tame Your Temper.


Full-Time Rewards from Part-Time Work


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By Tracy Mayor

New moms who want to -- or must -- maintain their careers have long turned to part-time positions as the best way to keep working while still spending as much time as possible with their babies. But often there is a nagging sense of compromise, the feeling that part-time work is merely a placeholder or a temporary tradeoff, not a valid long-term career choice. Not so! insist career experts and veteran part-timers. Done right, they say, part-time work can serve a dual purpose: nurture a young mother's family life while simultaneously enriching and forwarding her career.

Indeed, twenty-six percent of the ... Continue reading Full-Time Rewards from Part-Time Work.


Preventing Serious Lawnmower Injuries


As droves of preteens and teens take to cutting lawns as part of their household chores or to earn extra cash, getting them to follow basic safety precautions is essential to avoiding severe injuries. In 2006, more than 220,000 people...

As droves of preteens and teens take to cutting lawns as part of their household chores or to earn extra cash, getting them to follow basic safety precautions is essential to avoiding severe injuries.

In 2006, more than 220,000 people - about 16,500 of them under 19 years old - were treated for lawnmower-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Often far more than minor scrapes and scratches, these wounds can be extensive - from partial lower-limb amputations to major injuries of the eyes, face, and hands - and may require care from a team of doctors, multiple surgeries, and signifi ... Continue reading Preventing Serious Lawnmower Injuries.


Woods & Camping Safety For the Whole Family


Planning a safe family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared. Knowing your limits, taking the time to plan ahead, and packing the right items will help your adventure go off without a hitch. Read on...

Planning a safe family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared. Knowing your limits, taking the time to plan ahead, and packing the right items will help your adventure go off without a hitch. Read on to get the down-and-dirty basics of woods and camping safety.

Planning Ahead
If you are not skilled in the outdoors, begin your adventures by taking day trips. But even during day trips, you have to be aware of camping safety issues, such as insect bites and stings; plants that may cause rashes and allergic reactions; exposure to heat, wind, water, and cold; and getting lost.

Once families ... Continue reading Woods & Camping Safety For the Whole Family.