Even though breastfeeding is one of the best things mothers can do for their babies, many moms find it hard to continue doing it. They often give up long before they want to. The reason? They don’t have enough support. This year’s focus for National Breastfeeding Month is “Support Changes Everything”—a theme that resonates with …

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During National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we may be tempted to think only of the problems that birth defects cause. By doing so, we can overlook the power of a child born with defects to transform a family. At Choices Pregnancy Center we talked with Marcus Kendall, whose parents welcomed children with birth defects like …

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At your child’s birth, you are handed a tender-hearted infant ready to be shaped by all the experiences to come. She squints up at you in innocent expectancy. And you realize that if she is ever to become a happy, healthy person, it’s up to you. You need to nurture her. Nurturing isn’t a one-time …

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How does being nurtured make you feel? Cared for? Loved? Special? Like you matter? And you want your baby to feel the same way, too, right? You want your child to know he is loved, respected, and valued. You want your child to have a happy childhood, one that prepares him to succeed in relationships …

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“Mommy, I want one of those! Now!” “How come I didn’t get what they got? “You mean that’s all the presents?” Whining like this can sure cramp the holiday spirit. Nobody likes to feel like the gifts they give are “not enough” or “not good enough.” Kids who whine about gifts need an attitude shift …

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Guys, this blog’s for you. We’re calling you to “Dad up!” That’s “man up” on steroids. You know that you “man up” by being brave and tough when the going gets rough. But you “Dad up” by being brave and tough for the sake of someone else. Someone who depends on you. This fatherhood thing …

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It’s spring! Snow is melting. Sunshine is lasting longer. Now’s your chance: take your child outdoors! It’s good for him–and for you–in amazing ways. Look at these three big benefits. Build a healthier body. Outdoors, a child can: build stronger bones and immunity. Sunshine actually helps your child produce more Vitamin D, which helps him …

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Christmas memories . . . What are yours like? Do you think of caroling and decorating the tree? Of building snowmen and going sledding? Of stringing popcorn and baking cookies? Do your memories include pictures that dim the sparkle of the season? Does the Ghost of Christmas Past dredge up memories of too much drinking, …

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Happy holidays don’t have to be picture-perfect. Even if you’re a single parent, you can make your child’s holidays sparkle without morphing into either Father Christmas or Mother Teresa. Start with thanksgiving. Super-glue your attention to the good things in your life. Be grateful for even little things that go right. Thank people who are …

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