Parenting: Should I let my 4 year old take a shower?

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  A household chore guide for toddlers and preschoolers: When it comes to chores around the house and teaching a child how to take care of himself, what are the norms? What are reasonable expectations based on your child’s age and level of development? As parents, we want to achieve a balance; we want to challenge our […]

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Parenting: Should I let my 2 year old put away his clothes?

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A household chore guide for toddlers and preschoolers: Most parents want their children to help out around the house, but many are clueless as to where to start. They want their children to master important self care skills, but they also do not want to set the expectation too high. Can you reasonably expect a […]

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Parenting: Should I let my 1 year old feed himself snacks?

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A household chore guide for toddlers and preschoolers: Most parents want their children to help out around the house, but many are clueless as to where to start. They want their children to master important self care skills, but they also do not want to set the expectation too high. Can you reasonably expect a […]

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Five Myths about Cord Blood Banking and Cord Tissue Banking

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1. Collecting cord blood is dangerous for the baby at birth. There is absolutely no truth to this. Collecting the cord blood begins right after clamping and cutting the umbilical cord. What’s key is to collect as much of the cord blood as possible. The sample must meet a minimum threshold to be considered worthy […]

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14 Things a Nursery Does Not Need

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When you’re expecting your first child, one of the biggest temptations you’ll face is the urge to buy every single piece of newborn gadgetry known to man. While it’s natural to want to fill your house with furniture and toys that will keep your baby safe and happy, be wary of falling for advertising traps […]

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What are the odds my children will use their cord blood?

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Cord blood stem cells have been used to treat a variety of life-threatening illnesses for over 25 years. In fact, the National Marrow Donor Program reports to have facilitated more than 55,000 stem cell transplants since beginning operation in 1987. However, despite the high number of successful transplants and the documented benefits of umbilical cord […]

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Cord Blood Banking and Adoption: What Adoptive Parents Need to Know

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Many parents looking to adopt assume cord blood banking is not an option. This, however, is a common misnomer. While the process may be slightly more complicated, due to the necessity to consult with both the birth mother and adoption agency beforehand, if you plan ahead, cord blood banking is a viable option for adopting […]

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