• Getting Started Signing with Your Baby

    We all know that communication is an essential component of a child's development. Infants are able to make sense of our complex world long before they can talk. Do you wish your baby could tell you such things as "I'm hungry," "I'm thirsty," "I have an earache" before they can speak? Parents are amazed how much earlier a hearing baby can communicate with their hands using American Sign Language.

  • Help for Stressed-out Moms that Works!

    by Shawn Talbott, Ph.D

    Got kids (or are you about to have kids)? Then you've got stress! If you have stress, then you also have cortisol, and you need to know what to do about it - because excess exposure to cortisol (the body's primary stress hormone) is associated with

    • Weight gain
    • Increased hunger (sugar cravings)
    • Diabetes
    • Elevated blood pressure
    • Immune suppression
    • Depression
    • Memory problems

    What is cortisol?

  • Worrying About Development

    Isaac was riding his tricycle and I was walking along side him and it came to me. I have the best son in the world. He is happy and healthy. He loves with his whole heart, and has never truly had it broken.

  • Have We Husbands Forgotten About Romance?

    In order to get these wonderful ladies to marry us we must have had some streak of romance that swept them off their feet. However, I think we have forgotten this wonderful art.

  • Making Your Kitchen Kid-friendly

    Ensuring your kitchen is childproof is essential for proper safety. Taking a few small precautions can eliminate unnecessary accidents.

  • Estrogen Helps Fight Pain

    by Colette Bouchez

    A woman's tolerance of pain may have more to do with the power of her reproductive hormones than the strength of her muscles.

    That's the theory a group of Michigan researchers presented Feb. 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver.

    "Our studies have shown that although pain is influenced by both genetics and brain chemistry, it is clear that gender and hormones also play a role in our individual response to pain," says Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, lead researcher and a University of Michigan neuroscientist.

  • Wish List for a Bereaved Parent

    I wish very much that you could understand -- understand my loss and grief, my silence and my tears, my void and my pain. BUT...I pray daily that you will never understand.

  • Curing Colic: The 4th Trimester

    It makes your skin sweat, your blood pressure climb, and causes great frustration when nothing you do seems to calm them. No wonder, when caring for a crying newborn we've muttered to ourselves, "Why couldn't they just come with a crying off-switch?" Well, perhaps they do and we just overlooked it!

  • Applause Please, Kids Can Make Gifts!

    Do you have little kids in the house? They love creative crafts and then, of course, they want to give their creations to someone they love as a gift, eager for applause. With Christmas coming, start a craft box with a few basic supplies so they can make amazing little gifts for family, friends and teachers. A handmade gift is always special and unique. There is pleasure in the making and then more pleasure in the giving.