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Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

For those of us that don’t want to only give the gift card to their favorite online store or for the parents who want to keep an eye on what their teens are reading, online gift book selection proves much harder. Reviews often contradict each other, the "Look Inside" shares only a glimpse, and categories confound.

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 Surviving the holiday Mommy Meltdown

Surviving the holiday Mommy Meltdown

The holidays are upon us, and there is magic in the air. As a mom, you would think this would be a fun time of year – for family traditions and making memories. As a working mom, you think of the disorder encroaching on the household. Right?

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Too many baths may contribute to eczema in babies

Too many baths may contribute to eczema in babies

“It’s natural for parents, especially new ones, to pamper their little ones, and I believe frequent bathing may well be one manifestation of this urge to safeguard. Now we have reliable evidence that too much bathing is not beneficial. We hope that this useful information is well-publicized to pediatricians and GPs and that they encourage parents of infants to go easy on the bathwater.”

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I love my friend but I hate her kids: ways to cope

I love my friend but I hate her kids: ways to cope

Isn’t’ that the worst thing to have a friend you adore but you cannot stand her kids? No doubt this puts a strain and wedge in the relationship. You have to decide when and how to spend time with her. It isn’t always easy loving other people’s children, but there are truly some children that are impossible to like and the reality of the matter is that it comes down to the parenting.

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Keep the joy, hold the regret

Keep the joy, hold the regret

Why do we overspend during the holidays (and how can we stop)? The holidays are supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” yet for many of us they lead to overspending and stress. Financial advisor Donna Skeels Cygan offers insights as to why we spend so much against our better judgment—and advice to help you break the cycle this year.

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The impact of early childhood education

The impact of early childhood education

The compelling calls to action from business leaders, economists, educational experts and politicians across the country have brought increased attention to the importance of early childhood education. This groundswell around the first five years has left parents wondering what the excitement is all about.

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Raise awareness about diabetes

Raise awareness about diabetes

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has joined with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other organizations to emphasize the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and management of the disease during American Diabetes Month.

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The stranger parents unwittingly invite into their child's bedroom

The stranger parents unwittingly invite into their child's bedroom

But in today’s rapidly changing, technology-filled environment, we are not providing this same guidance about strangers to our children as they play in virtual playgrounds. The moment we hand our children a digital device, we invite them to play in virtual playgrounds that are accessible via every smart phone, tablet, computer and gaming platform. These devices literally invite our children to talk to strangers, send pictures to strangers, send videos to strangers, and have live video chats with strangers, all from the comfort of their bedroom or any other part of your home

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Paying for college: Tips to lower the cost

Paying for college: Tips to lower the cost

Our best advice is to focus on academic performance. If there is a choice, attend the best high school possible. Take academically rigorous classes—advanced placement or college-prep courses. Put effort into your studies rather than learning to hit a curveball. Money invested in a math tutor will yield a higher ROI than money spent on a private pitching coach.

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Growing older with our parents

Growing older with our parents

People today between the ages of fifty and seventy are often referred to as the “sandwich” generation because of their dual roles as helpers to their own children and grandchildren, and also as caregivers for their parents who are living longer into old age. Baby boomers have become, by necessity, important health care decision makers, and sometimes an added responsibility might arrive in the blink of an eye.

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