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Are You Ready for a Baby?

ready for babyBabies are adorable and very lovable, but they do come with a TON of responsibilities. If you’re still trying to conceive, you may want to take a careful look at whether you’re ready for a baby and ready for parenthood. Being a mom is a full-time job – an unpaid job at that. You will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Parenting is hard work; don’t let anyone tell you differently. You can’t take a break, or a vacation from being a mom. Even when you’re not physically near your child, you are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of him or her. Anxiety and worry will be part of your daily life. Are you ready for this challenge?

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Talking to Children about 9/11

September 11

September 11th brings to mind so many images for us all. Some remember the buildings burning. Others think of the firefighters. Myself, I remember sitting in the family room with three pre-schoolers who were shocked that I let them watch Nick Jr. all morning long. While they enjoyed this un-heard of luxury, I was glued to the computer monitor with one ear bud to protect them from the violent images of the day.

In the long run, it didn’t work. Each of those young boys have grown into young men with their own remembrance of that day.

When talking to children about September 11th, you must take their age into account.

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Choosing Career Over Family: How It Affects Your Fertility

Choosing Career Over FamilyWe may live in the 21st century, but it’s still a man’s world out there. According to Forbes magazine, out of the 63 million American women in the workforce, less than 2 percent of the country’s biggest companies have female chief executives. Women comprise 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, but women with families are still doing 90 percent of household chores and childcare duties. Among corporate women who are over age 40, over 40 percent of these have never gotten married and they don’t have children.

This begs the question – career or family? Why do women have to choose one over the other? The reality is that when career comes first, women delay pregnancy until it’s either too late, or it becomes very hard to become pregnant easily. Infertility issues crop up when you wait too late. Careers may be paving the way for increasing infertility rates in this country.

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Getting Ready for the Lunch Bunch

Bento boxes are a great way to pack a variety of fresh food.

Looking for a fun way to send the little ones back to school? Drop the PBJ and chips and send your children back to school with a wider variety of lunches.

Dairy

There are more options than that little carton of milk from the cafeteria. Yoghurt manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make their product more child friendly. Squeezable cups and tubes of fruit flavored product. Try freezing yoghurt tubes and placing them in the lunchbox before school. They are designed to thaw by lunch. Make sliced cheese more fun by cutting out fun shapes with cookie cutters before packing the slice in the lunch box.
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