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Highlights from August 2007

Meal Makover

picnic.jpgWelcome to the first of our new series of food and cooking videos! Food Network's Iron Chef Cat Cora teaches CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien how to prepare quick healthy meals for her family. Read more

For Many Women, a Good Night's Sleep Is a Dream

womansleep.jpg Sleep-deprived, drowsy and relying on caffeine to stay alert. Is that you or someone you know? According to a new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it's the day-to-day reality for the majority of American wome... Read more

Acne Myths

acnemyths.jpg Lots of kids and teens have to cope with acne. It's a common part of puberty, but adults and preteens get it too. Because it's so common, acne is the subject of much discussion - and many myths. By clearing up some of the common ... Read more



Complete August 2007 Archive
Two Studies Look at Antidepressants and Pregnancy
Carolina BBQ Dinner
Pregnancy Precautions: FAQs
Arthritis and the Weekend Warrior
The MomTalk Newsletter Survey
Facing Forty
Sleep and Pre-Schoolers
Finding Your Way in the Health Care System
The Great Minnesota Get Together: The Fun is Finally Here!
Toy Recall Update: Mattel Recalls 9 Million Toys
Notable Minnesota Moms:Kristi Anderson and Stephanie Nelson
Relieving Pregnancy Backaches
Call for Writers
Extra Curricular Overload
Sorting It Out
Homework Helpers--As Close as Your Computer
"Mature" Video Games: Young Kids Are Playing, Too
Facts About Lyme Disease
Finding Success with Online Bill Paying
Are Ultrasound "Snapshots" of Your Unborn Baby a Good Idea?
Three Key Vaccines for Your Preteen
Use It or Lose It
It's Good News for Fall Fashion
12 Things Women May Not Want to Know About What Men Think...
Chores That Are Fun? Can It Be Done?
Playground Safety
Five Ways to Maximize Your Back to School Budget
Bringing Back the Family Dinner
Ovarian Cancer: Not So Silent?
Diet Foods Demystified: Add More Nutritional Punch to Eight Popular Diet Tactics
Back to Basics: Classic Looks Top Back-to-School Fashion Trends
Considering Midwives
How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online
Knock Out Negative Thoughts
Good Decisions: More Than a Feeling
Choosing Quality Child Care That is Right for You and Your Child
Hearing Evaluation in Children
Secret Indulgences

August 2007 Archives

Nine Relationship Check-Up Tips


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By Linda Young, Ph.D.


We see our primary care physician regularly for a physical check-up. We take our car in for regular check-ups. But have you ever thought that we may also occasionally need a relationship check-up? Do you ever wonder why some relationships go the distance while others fall apart very quickly? One answer may lie in how couples treat each other on a day-to-day basis.


Here are nine tips in helping with your own "relationship checkup" :


  • Treat your spouse or partner as you would your best friend or best client. It's unfortunate that at times we treat our close ... Continue reading Nine Relationship Check-Up Tips.

Thighway Robbery



By Leeuna Foster


Yesterday the temperatures were in the mid-ninties, so I decided to shed my jeans, put on my bathing suit and go for a dip in the Nolichuckey River that winds its way past our front door.


That's when I discovered that a horrible crime had been committed sometime during the long winter. When I looked at my reflection in the mirror I screamed like a panther. Somebody had stolen my legs!


They had been replaced by a pair of legs that, I swear, belonged to a chicken at one time. The thighs were all lumpy, like cottage cheese and there were tiny blue and purple lines ... Continue reading Thighway Robbery.


Silly Love Songs



By Hal Runkel, LMFT


Despite my love for Paul McCartney's post-Beatles work with Wings, I have to agree with John Lennon on this one: the world is full of silly love songs. Romantic love is the most overplayed sentiment in music, especially when it tries way too hard to be sentimental. In fact, that's my definition of the popular slang word "cheesy." My kids hear me use that term all the time and last year they finally asked me for a definition. After much thought (it's actually quite difficult to define), here's what I came up with: "cheesy" refers to any extreme effort to be sentimental. (Of course, then I had to def ... Continue reading Silly Love Songs.


Stargazing: Things Are Looking Up -- And So Are We


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By Elizabeth Wells


The sky is full of stories waiting to be discovered. For centuries, people have seen these same points of light in the night sky. Stories borne out of the many constellations that eyes around the world have spent hours gazing up at, have been passed on from generation to generation. We can see these same images and share these same stories today. All you need is a clear night, a little patience, and some imagination.


A family in Los Angeles suggests adding the perfect background music. "Starwatching," by The Happy Crowd provides lyrics that are right on target: "What a beautiful sight ... Continue reading Stargazing: Things Are Looking Up -- And So Are We.


Help Your Child Get Organized


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Any kid worth his or her salt will generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might tear through the house leaving a trail of toys, backpacks, shoes, and empty drink cups. Or flit from one thing to the next - forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started. You'd like your child to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible?


Yes, it is. A few kids seem naturally organized, but for the rest of them, organization is a skill learned over time. Does your child seem especially resistant to living in an orderly way? With your ... Continue reading Help Your Child Get Organized.


Involved Parenting of Your High School Student


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By Ursula Richards Scheele, M.Ed.


Now that your teenager can drive, maybe has a job, is involved various extra-curricular activities, and is on her way to graduation and adulthood, you may be thinking to yourself, "So far, so good." Also, you may be asking yourself if this is the time when your role as a parent is diminished. Absolutely not. The job of parenting a high school student is as important as it has been since potty training and puberty. While my children are under the age of six, as a high school counselor I have been through many trials and tribulations with parents and their teens, and have learned how ... Continue reading Involved Parenting of Your High School Student.


Late Season Getaways


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The kids are heading back to school, the State Fair is coming to an end, but your head is still spinning with a summer hangover. Sounds like you need a little rest and relaxation to get your spirits up and your body re-energized. Lucky for us, the end of summer and early fall means many of the resorts and lodges just a few miles north are slashing prices. Whether you bring the kids or leave them behind, here are some excellent and amazingly affordable Minnesota getaway's, which will leave you refreshed.

Towering Pines Resort
Pequot Lakes, MN. (Clamshell Lake, on the White Fish Chain)
1-800-950-0267, www. ... Continue reading Late Season Getaways.


Meal Makover


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Welcome to the first of our new series of food and cooking videos! Food Network's Iron Chef Cat Cora teaches CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien how to prepare quick healthy meals for her family.

Meal Makover.


For Many Women, a Good Night's Sleep Is a Dream


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Sleep-deprived, drowsy and relying on caffeine to stay alert. Is that you or someone you know? According to a new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it's the day-to-day reality for the majority of American women.


Six out of 10 adult women in America say they do not get a good night's sleep a few nights a week and more than two-thirds say they frequently have sleep problems during the night, according to the Sleep in America poll. The annual survey is conducted each year to gauge the nation's sleep patterns. After the 2005 poll indicated that women are more likely than men to experience sleep problem ... Continue reading For Many Women, a Good Night's Sleep Is a Dream.


Acne Myths


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Lots of kids and teens have to cope with acne. It's a common part of puberty, but adults and preteens get it too. Because it's so common, acne is the subject of much discussion - and many myths. By clearing up some of the common tales about acne, you can help your son or daughter get through it.


Myth: Getting a tan helps to clear up skin.


Fact: Even though a tan may temporarily cover the redness of acne, there's no evidence that having tanned skin helps to clear up acne. People who tan in the sun or in tanning booths or beds run the risk of developing dry, irritated, or even burned skin. T ... Continue reading Acne Myths.