Parenthood

Motherhood at 40 Made Me Feel Younger

Motherhood at 40 Made Me Feel Younger

Overall, the experience of having a child past age 35 differs for each mom. We may be a bit more tired with a newborn at 38 than at 24. We may be balancing physical changes of midlife along with challenges of raising an infant or small child.

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Beyond the Egg Timer

Beyond the Egg Timer

I am an intentional mother and accidental writer. I always knew I wanted to be the former; I never imagined I could be the latter. One day my fertility journey collided with the literary sphere.

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Hey Momma – Taking Care of Your Kids Means Taking Care of YourSELF!

Hey Momma – Taking Care of Your Kids Means Taking Care of YourSELF!

Parenthood has changed you in a number of ways. The things that used to cause you stress, anxiety and heartbreak may all seem a bit trivial now. The things that you thought you wanted seem much less important.

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The Babies After 35 Top Picks for Baby, Toddler and Kid Items!

The Babies After 35 Top Picks for Baby, Toddler and Kid Items!

We are officially in the summer season! If you have young ones around you are likely trying to entertain indoors to avoid the outdoor heat. If you are expecting a baby and wondering what to buy or if you have young ones you need to send gifts to, we have you covered!

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Becoming Financially Stable as a New Family

Becoming Financially Stable as a New Family

A major part of creating a secure family life for you and your child is to be financially stable. Although money isn’t everything, financial stress can be a burden on your health, your family life, and your child’s opportunities.

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Healthy Skin at Any Age!

Healthy Skin at Any Age!

The way your skin looks and feels can make a big difference in the way you feel about yourself, and how you feel overall. But when you can’t go out to get a facial, how can you care for your skin at home? Let’s discuss!

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Best Ways to Potty Train a Girl

Best Ways to Potty Train a Girl

One your child grows up, you will need to get them out of diapers and potty train them. You get to save yourself the stress of changing dirty diapers, but you should ensure your child is emotionally and physically ready for potty training.

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Summertime Necessities!

Summertime Necessities!

As the temperatures begin to warm up, you might find yourself spending more time outdoors. While the sun rays feel great and you might be excited about a little sun-kissed glow, it is necessary to protect your and your children’s skin from the harmful UV rays.

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What Every Woman Should Know About Routine Health Screening

What Every Woman Should Know About Routine Health Screening

I frequently remind my patients that if they don’t take care of themselves, no one will be there to take care of everyone else. Additionally, as we age different medical issues arise, which requires a variety of screening tests. Learn what health screening you need based on your age!

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How to Deal With Other People’s Opinions About Your Family Building Choices

How to Deal With Other People’s Opinions About Your Family Building Choices

Whether you chose to have babies later, have struggled with infertility, or had your other children a while ago and then got a little surprise, I can guarantee that you could give me some amazing quotes from family, friends, and strangers.

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An Open Letter to My Babies On My First Day Back to Work

An Open Letter to My Babies On My First Day Back to Work

I can tell when you want to be held, and I know by the sound of your breathing when you finally fall asleep listening to the beat of my heart. I know when you are going to wake up, and I know when you are fighting sleep. I know when you want me to talk to you, and I know how to calm you down.

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Optimizing Your Self-Care Routine

Optimizing Your Self-Care Routine

When you hear the words “self-care” it might make you think of things such as getting a massage, going to a yoga class, or getting a pedicure. While all of these are nice, they are just a small sample of the many ways that exist to practice self-care.

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Women’s Health and Stress

Women’s Health and Stress

Stress can have a number of effects on our bodies, including suppressing the immune system, disrupting sleep, and increased mental stress. Here are some tips to help you cope with the additional stress you may be experiencing right now to better support your overall health.

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I Struggled With Middle-Aged Weight Gain, but Found a Way to Fix Myself…and Others!

I Struggled With Middle-Aged Weight Gain, but Found a Way to Fix Myself…and Others!

With myself as guinea pig, I started experimenting. I was shocked at how the pounds I had struggled with for months simply melted off, and I wasn’t starving at all! In fact, I had never felt so satisfied while trying to lose weight.

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Sunscreens: An Easy Guide to Understanding the Label!

Sunscreens: An Easy Guide to Understanding the Label!

There is always quite a bit of press regarding sunscreens and what is safe and what is not, and here are many types of sunscreens available. With so many choices, many people focus on the higher number SPF when choosing a product.

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Wearing Baby Promotes Physical Development!

Wearing Baby Promotes Physical Development!

Strollers appear to be heaven-sent for most caregivers. However, they could be denying your baby the best chance at healthy growth. Wearing a baby using a baby carrier has been shown to significantly contribute to their physical and emotional development.

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After 35 Self-Care with a Small Child

After 35 Self-Care with a Small Child

There are plenty of benefits to having kids later in life. Chances are that your finances are in better shape, you’ve built a solid community that includes other parents, and you’re just generally wiser and have weathered a few storms.

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3 Tips to Financially Prepare You For the Arrival of Your New Baby

3 Tips to Financially Prepare You For the Arrival of Your New Baby

Bringing a child into this world will be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. In the months leading up to the birth of your new baby, you are sure to be busy setting up the nursery, putting in the car seat, and baby-proofing your home.

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5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time As a Busy New Parent

5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time As a Busy New Parent

Life, for a new parent, is famously busy – busy to the extent that it can be tricky to figure out how to find opportunities for a bit of sleep here and there.

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Let’s Talk About Shingles! (And I Don’t Mean The Ones On Your Roof!)

Let’s Talk About Shingles! (And I Don’t Mean The Ones On Your Roof!)

What are shingles? A common childhood viral infection is the culprit of shingles in adults. Varicella-zoster (VZV) is the virus that causes chickenpox during a primary infection when we are younger.

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The Nontraditional Ways I Am Empowering My Girl/Boy Twins

The Nontraditional Ways I Am Empowering My Girl/Boy Twins

I am an accomplished physician, educator and researcher who, through a lot of hard work, has achieved just about every goal I have ever set for myself, but nothing, and I mean nothing, has humbled me like motherhood.

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“I’m Hiding from my Kids!” and Other Mom Confessions

“I’m Hiding from my Kids!” and Other Mom Confessions

When I get home from work, I quickly greet my three-year-old twins and tell them mommy has to go upstairs to change out of her scrubs. Truth be told, yes, I really do need to change my yucky, stinky scrubs, but I also need a few minutes to decompress.

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Finding Mom Friends at Age 38

Finding Mom Friends at Age 38

I’m at a place now where I want to meet friends without the kids. It’s starting to work. I have several friends that have kids who are my kids’ age that I love and enjoy. I also have a few friends whose kids I couldn’t pick out of a lineup and vice versa.

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What You Should Know About Menopause

What You Should Know About Menopause

Each and every woman will experience menopause at some point in her life, usually between her late 40s and early 50s. Below are answers to six common questions women have as they enter this, thought to be daunting, stage of their life.

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In A Day Full of Failures, You Gave Me The Win I Needed

In A Day Full of Failures, You Gave Me The Win I Needed

Being a working mom is tough. You are too little to understand why things are the way they are–why mommy is hardly home–so I try to cram as much as I can into the couple of days I do have with you trying to play catch-up.

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10 Tips for Staying Healthy With Type 2 Diabetes

10 Tips for Staying Healthy With Type 2 Diabetes

Every day, about 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. For most of them, getting this news is likely to cause a swirl of emotions and questions, perhaps the most important one being: What do I do now?

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Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Shannon M. Clark

Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Shannon M. Clark

I took a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. I was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by my own personal experience of trying to start a family after the age of 40.

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Transitioning from In-Home to Commercial Daycare

Transitioning from In-Home to Commercial Daycare

It’s been two and a half years of a mostly routine schedule of dropping our son off and picking him up at Anne’s home nestled in a neighborhood of modest 1,200 square foot homes with large front porches and creaking porch swings.

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10 Things I Hate About Toddlerhood

10 Things I Hate About Toddlerhood

My twins just turned two years old, and although I love them with every fiber of my being, I am now living a completely new reality :: I am officially in the throes of a love-hate relationship with toddlerhood. Here are just few reasons why…

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15 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

15 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

You may spend more time each year nursing a sore throat, fever, and runny nose than you do on vacation. Adults get about three colds a year on average, each lasting a week or two. On top of that, 5 to 20 percent of us will also get the flu, which can linger even longer.

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