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Supermom is a myth

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent

  • parenting

​Eighty percent of millennial moms think it’s important to the be “the perfect mom.” It’s an unrealistic aspiration.

Skin to skin for mother and baby

The golden hour

  • health & nutrition

​Skin-to-skin contact immediately after your child is born can have important benefits for baby and mother.

Preventing Toddler Tantrums

Preventing toddler tantrums

  • child development

​A tantrum is a normal response to anger and frustration, but there are things you can do to help your toddler feel more in control.

Babies love to play

Do babies need play time?

  • infants

Babies explore and make sense of the world around them through play. It impacts all aspects of their development.

you can't spoil a baby with too much love and attention

Can you spoil a baby?

  • child development

There are plenty of things to worry about when you’re a new parent, but spoiling your baby isn’t one of them.

Preventing tooth-decay

4 tips to help prevent tooth decay – and potential future health problems – in young kids

  • health & nutrition

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease faced by young children. It’s also 100 percent preventable.”

Prepare your kids for kindergarten

6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

  • school readiness

Even if you don’t have a new kindergartener this year, it’s never too soon to start preparing for that first day with some fun, easy everyday activities.​

A parent's time is a gift

The best gift to give a child? Your time.

  • toddlers

Young kids don’t need expensive toys. Positive, everyday moments spent together with the adults in their lives are what they need most to learn and…

Mom and baby - screen time

Pediatricians’ new recommendations for children’s media use

  • child development

Screen time is a tricky issue for today’s parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced new recommendations to help families make…

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