• No Veggie Left Behind

    A grateful reader recently wrote to me and said she had a better chance of getting Brad Pitt to call her for a date than to get her kids to eat their vegetables. And her name was not Angelina. Well, fear no more. The days of the picky eater are over, and there's a new life for those super healthy foods we could only wish our kids would eat.

  • How to Help Your Child Talk to You

    Parent-child communication today is a 'good news, bad news' situation. The good news is that we are very well aware of the challenges our children and teens face. The bad news is that we don't necessarily know how to talk about these challenges

  • My High Needs Son: The First Four Months

    I should have known right away that my son would be different from the rest. While he was in me, he never had a "schedule" like you hear about. He woke, slept and kicked whenever the heck he felt like it. My kicks were never joyous occasions; they were reasons to close my eyes and practice Lamaze breathing.

  • Taking the Pressure Out of Pregnancy

    Stress during pregnancy can have some adverse consequences, including an increased risk of premature labor, premature birth and low birth-weight babies. What can make the difference is how early the stress is recognized and steps taken to offset the risks

  • Lactation Suppression

    Once your milk supply is established, stopping abruptly causes certain physical changes. Your breasts will continue to produce milk for a while, you may become engorged, and possibly develop mastitis. Here are some suggestions that may minimize your discomfort, and avoid potential problems.

  • Show and Tell

    I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade classroom a few years back. One day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very out-going kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday."

  • Pregnancy and Exercise

    I'm sure there are many questions going through your head about keeping you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. I've gathered a few of the most-asked exercise questions to guide you safely and healthfully on your journey to new motherhood.

  • Pilates Through Pregnancy

    Pilates is a safe and effective approach to exercise for pregnant women to assist with breathing, body alignment and to recover body shape and tone after birth.

    Pilates focuses on breathing, which primarily helps activate the transversus abdominus.