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    Nameberry: Classic boys' names: The wonderful world of William

    When you think of classic boys' names, chances are that the first three that pop to mind are John, James and William. Of the three, William is, much like female counterparts Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret, probably the richest in its multiplicity of variations, nicknames, girl versions, etc. Here'...


    10 Ways to make carpooling with kids easier

    Busy families rely on carpooling moms and dads to get their kids to and from school and extra-curricular activities on time. Carpooling can be a real nightmare if you're not organized. Below are 10 tips to help you keep your sanity and get the kids where they need to be on time.


    Youth athletes suffer severe 'adult' sports injuries at younger ages

    Tyler Dee can't remember the first time he touched a basketball, but his father guesses that his son was probably about 3.


    Facebook's killing the high school reunion

    Cash, Shred, JJ, Booty, Goose, Cov and Buddy - all high school friends, whom 30 years later, I still call by their nicknames. Because we've remained very close. And I don't actually know their real names.


    The Language of Life: Five ways language learning will make your child smarter

    Looking for a new activity this fall for your child? Try language learning. I like to say it is the super activity of activities - akin to a "super food." In addition to the utility of a language, there are many other benefits that lead to your child becoming smarter overall!


    Child Sense: Positive discipline

    With the current news about child discipline and spanking brought on by the conduct of various professional athletes, I thought we could take a look at positive discipline and the use of praise as a tool to shape a child's behavior.


    20 Ways to Eat Better

    You're probably thinking more about what, when and how you're feeding baby than about feeding yourself. These easy tips for healthier eating will boost your energy, help you breastfeed better and take off that baby weight.


    Finding the right sperm donor is 'a lot like'

    K.D., a high school guidance counselor and doting aunt, has known for two decades that she wants to be a mom, with or without a partner.


    Family Meals Matter: Soup-er fast meals

    On cool evenings, there is nothing quite as comforting as a bowl of homemade soup. Soups are a great dinner solution to a busy weeknight as they can be made ahead of time and frozen for a later date. Hearty or delicate, chunky or smooth, add soups and tasty side dishes to your weekly meal plan for...


    Moms Gear: NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream may help reduce the appearance of cellulite

    Moms already have their hands full managing busy households, dropping off and picking up children, and working a 9-to-5, so what are they supposed to do to fight the appearance of cellulite? NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream is a new product available to men and women alike that was released in April...

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