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  • What Does it Really Feel like to Have Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

    What does extreme morning sickness REALLY feel like?What does extreme morning sickness REALLY feel like?The announcement of Kate Middleton's pregnancy has brought two words into the public vernacular. More than "royal" or "baby" people are suddenly uttering "Hyperemesis Gravidarum" like it is as common as, well, the common cold. Anyone who has been following the story now knows that is a fancy way of saying "severe morning sickness," and if you've really done your research, you know that it affects between .5 and 2 percent of pregnant woman. But what does it feel like? To really understand what Duchess Catherine is going through, read one mom's first-hand experience with Hyperemesis Gravidarum:

    Right after I got married to my second husband, Andy, in 2008, my womb ached for a second child. I blamed it on some spectacular love hormones and the strong desire to give my son, Jake, 4, from my previous marriage, a sibling. "No child should live without a sibling!" I declared, because I had all of the answers about child rearing.

    Pregnancy came easy to me, and I considered myself one of the

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  • 10 Supermom Strengths All Moms Have

    10 Supermom Strengths All Moms Have10 Supermom Strengths All Moms HaveThere's this funny thing that happens the exact moment you become a mother: you become a heroine.


    When you instinctively start caring for your young, with all the agility, strength, and bravery required to lead your family down the path of righteousness, you instantly transform into Supermom by virtue of who you are.

    Now Supermom isn't perfect. She can't be. With humility serving as one of her greatest attributes, she's astonishingly human, yet every bit as super and savvy as you'd expect.

    Let's take a look at 10 Supermom strengths all moms have!

    1. Superhuman hearing
    Supermoms hear everything. Often ripped from the dead of sleep, you can find Mom jumping out of bed at the sound of every toss, turn, faint cough, and irregular breath. And it's a good thing, too! I was able to catch and treat a frightening 104°F fever in the middle of the night thanks to a near silent moan. Once again, Supermom hearing saves the day … while it continues to rob the entire maternal

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  • 7 Little Ways to Raise Big-Time Confident Kids

    7 Little Ways To Raise Big-Time Confident Kids7 Little Ways To Raise Big-Time Confident Kids"You can do it if you set your mind to it," my mom liked to tell me as a kid. It was just a simple sentence but it always empowered me, whether I was tackling a tough school project or having performance anxiety at the piano recital. I say the words to my kids, too.


    There's a lot of focus these days on feeding kids healthy foods and making sure they have a steady diet of brain-boosting activities, but nurturing confidence is equally vital to well-being. Believing in your abilities is just as key, if not more so, than your actual level of ability. (See: half of Hollywood.)

    These are the strategies for raising confident kids that I've picked up as a parenting magazine editor, and through my own adventures in motherhood.

    1. Consider your kids experts
    Child development pros make a big deal about encouraging kids to take on tasks they can master, whether it's a craft project or a Wii game, to instill a sense of accomplishment. I try to further bolster my children's sense of

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  • 6 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Playdates

    6 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Playdates6 Ways to Take the Stress Out of PlaydatesPlaydates can be stressful for parents even if they are fun for children, and they can really help kids with their socialization skills. Once you drop off your child at a friend's house, you can't control what they will be exposed to. Even when you are the one hosting the play date, the whole idea is for the kids to play independently, and you have to be careful to supervise but not interfere. You also need to be respectful of special requests made by other parents, especially when it comes to food allergies and dietary restrictions.


    After arranging dozens of playdates for my two children, who are now 8 and 11, I've learned that sometimes you need to just let go and understand you cannot control what your child is exposed to outside of your home and family environment. The way I frame it with my kids is that since they will be playing with their friends, they can relax a bit and enjoy their free time, but once they come back home, we're back to the same rules and expectations as

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  • 10 Things You Should Know Before Going to the Dentist

    10 Things You Should Know Before Going to the Dentist10 Things You Should Know Before Going to the DentistOne of my closest friends is a dentist. When we are out together and meet new people, she does not always reveal that she dentist. The reason for this is that she is a kindhearted, approachable person, and whenever she reveals her vocation, folks inevitably wind up asking her questions about their teeth. It happens at restaurants, in stores, and even at the gym. I have witnessed it happen several times. One of the challenges in her industry is to get people to not dread their dental appointments, so that they will prefer to ask questions in the office rather than on the street.

    Growing up, my uncle was a dentist, so those regular dental appointments never made me nervous or tentative. (The eye doctor, on the other hand, is a whole other story.) For my kids the dentist is more of a novelty than a chore, but many children do not feel the same way. My 10-year-old has always taken more time to brush and care for his teeth, while my youngest requires more parental intervention to make

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  • The 8 Kinds of Playground Parents (Which One Are You?!)

    The 8 Kinds of Playground Parents (Which One Are You?!)The 8 Kinds of Playground Parents (Which One Are You?!)At some point, every single parent alive eventually ends up at the local playground.


    It's inevitable, really. You have a child and spend a year or two bouncing off the walls of your house with the baby. By the time you can look at the kid and see that they are able to kind of stand up even if the wind's blowing, you know that it is high time to get 'em outside and let them loose.

    So, playgrounds become a big part of your life and your kids life, too.

    That said, having been a playground parent for the better part of the last six years now, I've taken to watching the other parents who end up there just like me. In fact, there are times when I probably ought to be watching my own kids a little closer instead of conducting my own social research project by staring at all the other moms and dads.

    But, I am who I am, and I have finally figured out a way to put all my observation to a little good use.

    Thus, I present to you my very own list of the eight different kinds of

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  • 7 Conscious Coupling Candidates for Gwyneth Paltrow

    7 Conscious Coupling Candidates for Gwyneth Paltrow7 Conscious Coupling Candidates for Gwyneth PaltrowI think we'll all remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news: Gwyneth Paltrow was 'Consciously Uncoupling' with Chris Martin, her husband of ten years and father to Apple and Moses. Apparently their relationship had turned to Goop, and for the high priestess of lifestyle enlightenment, the only option was a Conscious Uncoupling. You might think it's just a divorce, but Conscious Uncoupling is to your ordinary divorce as 1,200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets are to those cloth K-Mart tarps you drape over your mattress at night.


    But that was three whole weeks ago. Any gal with four life coaches, a Buddhist monk, and a Reiki Master on payroll should be more than ready to move on. It's time for her to get back out there. Toward that end, after consulting with a blue ribbon panel of yentas, busy-bodies, tabloid junkies, and a woman outside my yoga place, I offer up seven candidates for Gwynnie's next Conscious Coupling:

    1. Justin Bieber:
    A total

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  • Memo to Connecticut Lawmakers: Whole-Milk Products Are Not Making Our Kids Fat

    Memo to Connecticut Lawmakers: Whole-Milk Products are Not Making Our Kids FatMemo to Connecticut Lawmakers: Whole-Milk Products are Not Making Our Kids FatWho among us isn't for healthier, fitter kids? Dumb question. Everyone wants today's youth to eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and live long, fruitful lives.


    However, some of us have different ideas on how that is best achieved. As a parent, I try to make my kids get outside and move their bodies regularly. They do eat some sweets, but I also ensure they get fruits, vegetables, and protein regularly, and that they also take calcium supplements (my 5-year-old bizarrely and falsely claims to be allergic to dairy) and digestive probiotics (fewer colds this winter!).

    Lawmakers in Connecticut want to do their part to ensure that kids in the Nutmeg State grow up to be strong and fit, according to Fox News. That's why they're considering legislation that would ban 2-percent and whole milk products from day care centers because they say it would help combat childhood obesity.

    Clearly Connecticut Democratic Representatives David Zoni and Roberta Willis and State Senator Catherine

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  • Will a Bill Restricting Airbrushing in Ads Really Change How We See Ourselves?

    Will a Bill Restricting Airbrushing in Ads Really Change How We See Ourselves?Will a Bill Restricting Airbrushing in Ads Really Change How We See Ourselves?There are plenty of times in my life when I look at other women and feel bad about myself. Take any photo of Gisele Bündchen, for instance. Even on her worst days (assuming she has them, or has had one - ever), I would kill to look just a fraction as thin and effortlessly sexy and stunningly beautiful as her.

    I'm not talking about the pictures of her on the cover of, say, Vogue or an in any number of the ads in which she regularly appears. No, what I mean are photos like this one or this one - shots where you can see that she's naturally a goddess that's all long, lean limbs, flowing, glowing hair, and abs that would make classical sculptors of yore weep out of respect for their chiseled glory.

    It makes me feel bad about myself, yes, but it doesn't make me loathe myself. I spend a minute or two imagining what life would be like had I been born more blessed in the looks department. And then I move on. (Yes, sometimes to an entire sleeve of Thin Mints, but usually just to a different Read More »from Will a Bill Restricting Airbrushing in Ads Really Change How We See Ourselves?
  • Site Calculates TV Watching in Days: Do You REALLY Want to Know?

    Site Calculates TV Watching in Days: Do You REALLY Want to Know?Site Calculates TV Watching in Days: Do You REALLY Want to Know?If you're interested - and trust me, you might not want to know - this site will calculate how many days you've spent watching your favorite TV shows.


    It all seems so innocent: A half an hour here while you're folding a basket of laundry, a weekend binge there to get "caught up." Before you know it, you've spent 5 days and 18 hours watching Friday Night Lights. Honestly? 5 days and 18 hours is totally worth it. I would happily give even more time to Coach and Tami Taylor.

    Is Law and Order SVU more your style? That will take a bigger chunk of your life - 20 days and 1 hour.

    Related: How to binge-watch your way to fitness

    This website is pretty fun to play with. I wonder, how many days do I spend online with nifty gadgets like this that show me how much time I waste? No one will ever know.

    I'm not ashamed of my TV numbers. For me, TV is a simple pleasure. It's not that expensive, and thanks to my DVR, I can skip through commercials and "pause" whenever I need to. Frankly,

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