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The Quickest Way to Potty Train Your Child |

There’s no doubt about it: Potty-training is a hot-button issue. As parents, we all need to go through it with our children, but the schools of thought on how to do it the best, fastest or easiest way (or all of the above, please) vary dramatically. With Pinterest, blogs, social media and word-of-mouth from other parents, there’s a head-spinning amount of information and opinions on the subject. Is there a right or wrong way to potty-train?

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The Amount of Sleep Your Kids Really Need --- And How to Help Them Get It |

It’s common knowledge that adults should aim for about eight hours of sleep each night. But when it comes to kids’ sleep, those figures can get a little fuzzy. How many hours of sleep are children supposed to get each day? And what do you do if your child is a sleep-resister rather than a happy snoozer?

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10 Worthy Charities for Christmas Giving |

’Tis the season for giving, and if you’ve added your favorite charities to your gift list, you’re not alone. Here are 10 that are worth your time and your dime.

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25 Snow Day and Winter Break Boredom Busters |

Sure, snow days and holidays at home during chilly winter months may sound great, but in reality, parents hear a lot of the dreaded “I’m bored!” during those days. Never fear. When the weather outside is frightful, try these 25 low-cost, low-maintenance (but totally fun!) indoor activities.

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How to Cope With the Holiday Blues |

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? That’s how the old Andy Williams classic goes, anyway, but for some folks, it just doesn’t ring true. The holidays can be difficult, even painful, for a number of reasons: financial stress, family strife, divorce, illness, social isolation or the loss of a loved one.

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The 7 Best Tips to Curb Your Holiday Spending |

The holidays can get expensive—fast. Not only will we spend, but many of us will overspend, which can stress out our budgets for the rest of the year. Here are seven tips for saving and budgeting this year—without being a total Scrooge about it.

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5 Signs You're Headed for a Mommy Meltdown |

We’ve all been there. Obligations at work and with our kids have stacked up alongside the piles of unsorted mail and dirty laundry. Too much stress and too little sleep have us running on fumes. We feel like we could snap at any minute—and maybe we do from time to time.

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How to Tell If Your Child Is Falling Behind in School—And Get Him Back on Track |

Even though kids seem to share every detail of their lives with their friends, they’re sometimes not quite as forthcoming with their parents—especially when it comes to academics. If your kids clam up about their coursework, how do you know if their grades are on the up-and-up or if they’re starting to fall?

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Affording Summer Childcare: Know Your Options |

For many working parents, arranging summer childcare for school-age children is no picnic, whether they’re relying on friends or family, hiring a full-time sitter or fashioning a collection of day camps and activities. Options exist, but location, convenience and cost impact whether they are actually feasible—and the time to start investigating these options is now. Childcare experts and real parents weigh the pros and cons of a few types of summer childcare and offer guidance for affording them.

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The Latest in Brain Injury Research |

Keeping our kids safe and healthy is a top priority of any parent—and little makes a parent more nervous than when a child hits his head after falling from a skateboard or gets a concussion after being tackled in a football game.

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Preserve Your Posture Before, During and After Pregnancy |

Any pregnant woman will tell you that expecting a baby can be a real pain in the neck—and back, hips, pelvis and so on. Pregnancy does tons of wacky things to a woman’s body, but it can really do a number on her posture. Here are some expert suggestions on how to deal with pregnancy posture problems and pain.

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5 Steps to the Perfect Pediatrician |

How to find a great physician for your child

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Sleep-Away Camp? Kum-Bah-YEAH! |

Winter may still be in full swing, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about s’mores, sleeping bags and all things camp. If you’re considering sleep-away camp for your youngster for the first time, here’s what you need to know.

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The Most Common Dental Health Issues in Kids |

Having healthy pearly whites is as important for children as it is for adults. We asked pediatric dentists to identify common kids’ dental health problems and share suggestions on how to avoid them. Plus real parents shared with us their tips for getting their wee ones to brush without all the fuss.

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Baby 101: The Most FAQs of First-Time Parents |

Preparing for a new baby is a time full of excitement and anticipation … and maybe a twinge of terror. Two pediatricians — Kate Chaplinski, M.D., of Brandywine Pediatrics in Wilmington, Del., and Natasha Burgert, M.D., of Pediatric Associates in Kansas City, Mo., offer their advice and answer 20 common — and pressing — new parent questions.