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Even 5 hours of screen time per day is OK for school-aged kids, says new study
If you've internalized some parental guilt about your own child's screen time usage, you're not alone. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to significant amounts of screen time in children leads to an increased risk of depression and behavioral issues, poor sleep and obesity, among other ou
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Ashley Graham is the kind of woman and mom we all need in our lives
Initiating and maintaining friendships is, arguably, one of the hardest parts of motherhood. But when you're in the thick of motherhood, particularly those early weeks and years, you need your friends more than ever. You need mom friends. Now, that's not to say that our child-free friends aren't
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5 strategies for coping with a new round of Covid anxiety, from a therapist
I remember sitting down with a friend in April 2021 and talking about the start of the upcoming school year. Our projections for maskless school days and faster testing procedures were optimistic—in retrospect, unrealistically optimistic. The Delta variant surge has thrown parents for a complete l
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6 nut-free treats to give out on Halloween
Food allergies are on the rise—and they have nearly doubled over the previous generation. If you break down the numbers, that's roughly two children in every classroom. This Halloween, we can prioritize including children with food allergies (and be a favorite treat giver-outer) with a few simple
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Viral TikTok of clogged milk duct reminds us breastfeeding mamas are champs
There are so many aspects of breastfeeding that no one can truly prepare you for—engorgement, being a 24/7 diner, actually wanting to wear a bra to sleep—but clogged milk ducts might just top that list. This new viral TikTok is the perfect demonstration that breastfeeding is hard work, yes, but
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Want tear-free shots? These devices can reduce pain from vaccinations and injections
Many parents dread the day when their kiddo has to receive an injection, because it means one thing when that needle goes in: Pain. But what if we told you there were two small tools that could majorly reduce–even eliminate—the pain that comes with injections and vaccinations? The Bionix Shotblo
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Parents sue school districts over masks after their kids contract COVID
Two Wisconsin moms sent their kids back to school this year to two different school districts that eschewed the Covid protocols that were in place last year. Despite advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rose Glen Elementary School in Wauk
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Primary's Halloween Costume Concierge helps you DIY any costume your kid schemes up
What does a backpack, a bowl of spaghetti, the color green and "an old man who doesn't remember where he left his pants" have in common? They're all Halloween costume requests I've fielded (and in some obvious cases, ultimately declined) over the years. I'm not crafty in any way and I'm sure
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LeVar Burton's new children's book about imagination has a powerful message for parents, too
While reading A Kid's Book About Imagination with my six-year-old, I felt something I don't typically feel while reading with my kids—the book was talking to me, too. When I spoke with LeVar Burton later that day and mentioned how his new book made me feel, he gave me the highest praise any mill
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4 sex-positive apps we wish we’d had years ago
In between your endless to-do list and those nagging everyday anxieties, finding the time and energy—much less the desire—for sex can be daunting. And whether you already have kids and are trying to reconnect with your partner or are embarking on a trying-to-conceive journey, sex can sometimes b
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4 sex-positive apps we wish we’d had years ago
In between your endless to-do list and those nagging everyday anxieties, finding the time and energy—much less the desire—for sex can be daunting. And whether you already have kids and are trying to reconnect with your partner or are embarking on a trying-to-conceive journey, sex can sometimes b
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LEGO vows to remove gender stereotypes from its toys
Every kid seems to love Legos, but it seems like Lego hasn't always been as inclusive for every kid as they could be. The toy company has vowed to eliminate harmful gender stereotypes from its products from now on—particularly when it comes to labeling toys as "for girls" vs. "for boys" in it
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Shawn Johnson says a TSA agent 'groped' her while traveling with breast milk
Shawn Johnson East had "one of the worst experiences" she's ever had recently while traveling. In a now-expired series of Instagram Story photos, Johnson East is calling out a TSA agent for alleged harassment.She explains that she was trying to take breast milk through a TSA checkpoint when the i
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Shawn Johnson says a TSA agent 'groped' her while traveling with breast milk
Shawn Johnson East had "one of the worst experiences" she's ever had recently while traveling. In a now-expired series of Instagram Story photos, Johnson East is calling out a TSA agent for alleged harassment.She explains that she was trying to take breast milk through a TSA checkpoint when the i
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24 Thanksgiving outfits for a very stylish holiday
Whether your Thanksgiving celebration is jam-packed with family and friends or a low-key hang at home with your everyday crew, it's always a great excuse to get dressed up. (Followed by elastic waist loungewear of course.) After all, it's the perfect day to snag a shot for your upcoming holiday ca
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Jojo Siwa proves ANYONE can be Prince Charming in epic dance
It was Disney Night on Monday's episode of Dancing With The Stars, and while all of the performances were magical, one dance in particular stands out among the rest. JoJo Siwa earned the first nine of the competition so far for her epic Viennese waltz where she portrayed Prince Charming to her danc
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Halsey doesn't want to 'feed the illusion' of postpartum bounce-back culture
It's not uncommon for celebrities to look exactly like they did pre-pregnancy within, like, minutes of giving birth. Or, at least, many of them appear to in their carefully curated and posed photos post-baby. This is called "bounce-back culture" and the only purpose it serves is to instill a sens
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12 Thanksgiving-minded kids books for gratitude-filled story time
From creating gourd-filled table scapes to painting all the hand turkeys, there's a lot you can do to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. One of my favorites? Heading home from the library with an armload of seasonal books that I get to return before my kids completely wear them out. From teaching li
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Childhood vaccination rates continue to plummet since the start of the pandemic
The pandemic put many major life events on hold: weddings, proms, graduations, but also the minor, more mundane ones: in-person meetings, playdates, doctors' appointments. And though calendars are starting to fill again, it feels like we're still catching up—rescheduling all those missed appoint
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A postpartum plan is just as important as a birth plan. Here’s how to make one.
When you're pregnant, it feels like you spend months planning. Planning your baby registry. Planning where your birth will take place and who will assist you and how it will happen (in theory!). Maybe planning your maternity leave. But once your baby arrives, there's often no comprehensive plan in
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