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  1. 4th of July Crafts for Kids

    4th of July Crafts for Kids

    Celebrating the birth of our nation with crafts by the kids is a wonderful way to open up conversation about the history behind our country.  Even little learners will remember things if they are taught in a fun way.

    All of the following activities will keep your kids entertained and allow you to talk about everything from the Declaration of Independence to our flag and nation's colors. Continue reading

  2. Growing Pains Can Bite Me.

    Growing Pains Can Bite Me.
    I’ve had the lovely experience of waking to a screaming child in the middle of the night because her feet hurt so bad she can’t sleep.  Hello ‘Growing Pains.’  You can bite me. My oldest, almost 7 now, has been experiencing leg pain, diagnosed as growing pains, off and on for a long time.  It’s been on my ‘To-Research-List’ for quite some time, and I finally got around to it.  Wouldn’t you know it? Growing pains have absolutely nothing to do with growing. Continue reading
  3. Our 10 Favorite Apps This Summer

    Our 10 Favorite Apps This Summer

    We all know that summer is for running barefoot in the grass, riding bikes around the block, catching fireflies, and sleeping in.

    Now that we are parents, we also know that summer means hearing phrases such as:

    I’m hottttttttttt”

    “I’m bored.”

    “Mom. Mom. Mom. Mooooooooooooooooom.”

    There’s no judgement here, I hand over the kids’ iPads more often than I should too.  Continue reading

  4. Stop Suctioning the Airway of a Baby at Birth

    Stop Suctioning the Airway of a Baby at Birth

    Evidence based clinical guidelines recommend NOT suctioning a baby’s airways unless they are unresponsive, floppy and require resuscitation. And even then only to do so using a laryngoscope so that you can see what you are doing.

    NICE guideline, Resuscitation Council UK, more guidelines (Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research). Wiswell et al. 2000Vain et al. 2004.

    Hopefully, your birth team does not still practice the outdated method of using the blue bulb and suctioning baby’s airways at birth.  Make sure to ask at your next appointment, and include it in your birth plan if you have not already. Continue reading
  5. The Beauty of Real Fatherhood

    The Beauty of Real Fatherhood
    Real fatherhood is so much more than just creating a baby.  Today’s fathers are emotionally investing themselves into their relationships, taking part in every possible moment. I could have easily written about all the things to look forward to as a soon-to-be dad.  I could have made lists or charts about becoming a dad. I could have made my husband write this one. But I want to bring you real life.  You know what is beautiful?  Real Dads.  That’s it.  It’s simple really.  Dads who are truly connected to their children are breathtaking.  Dads who take parenting serious are what make moms want to keep having babies. Continue reading
  6. Go Ahead and Play Rough Dad

    Go Ahead and Play Rough Dad
    My kids start panting like dogs as the clock ticks closer to the minute my husband gets home.  It’s almost as if the air changes and I’m just waiting for a wolf cub to start howling as the Jeep pulls up the long driveway. Once the front door opens, it is as if the hounds have been released.  I cannot stop them if I wanted to -and let’s be real, I already poured a glass of wine. This is just sheer pleasure for me. Continue reading