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Your Pregnancy
Photo: N/A, License: N/A You’ve just learned you are pregnant and you are happy as can be. Time to gather your snacks and chocolates and head to the couch. No, no, no! Now more than ever it’s important to stay in shape. “There are many benefits to exercise throughout life, and du (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Many parents of newborn infants expect to get less sleep than they did prior to the birth of their child. However, parents of a baby with colic may find it even more difficult to obtain much-needed rest. While one in five babies cries enough to be reporte (read more)

Infants and Toddlers
Photo: Alvin/MCT, License: N/A The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O'Neil, a (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A We all know how important it is for a child to learn to read; however, instilling math competency in a toddler and young child is also very important. “The great thing about math concepts is that they are taught every day to children without them even kno (read more)

The Grade School Years
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and more than quadrupled in adolescents in the last three decades. The CDC also says as of 2012, more than one-third of all children and adoles (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:02:05 15:22:46 Easy Shamrock Pretzels 36 mini pretzel twists 12 Rolo candies 36 green M&Ms Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place three pretzels in a shamrock shape on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place a Rolo on in the center. Repeat with remaining pretzels. Bake pretze (read more)

You and Your Teen
Photo: N/A, License: N/A My brain knows that gratitude is important. I know when I am in a state of gratitude — aware of my blessings, small and big, I feel happier and less alone. But my heart can find it difficult to stay in a sustained place of gratitude. Rather, it is a pract (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A According to surveys by the National Institute on Media and the Family, 53 percent of girls report being unhappy with their appearance. Experts have found that poor body image can lead not only to social isolation, but also to serious emotional problems, (read more)

College Bound
Photo: Paul Souders/MCT, License: N/A They are what some people erroneously think of as ‘dirty jobs’ — carpentry, plumbing, air conditioning repair and the like; occupations that ordinarily don’t require a four-year college degree. However, these jobs can be rewarding in many ways, including (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:04:03 00:07:29 Area elementary, middle and high school students can test their science, physics, math, art and writing skills at several academic competitions scheduled at the University of Scranton during the academic year. Students can also visit the university for pr (read more)

The Empty Nest
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Through a series of unanticipated events, Dave DeCosmo and I are abbreviated and not in our usual places! There’s an old saying that you are only as happy as your least happy child and parents of young adults will find that out with a vengeance when their (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain’s aphorism is wryly appreciated by parents of adu (read more)
There’s an old saying that you are only as happy as your least happy child. To that I’d like to add a corollary. Your peace of mind will always be a multiple of your child’s life situation. Their stress is your stress times two.Parents don’t discover this (read more)

The Joy of Grandparenting
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Jane and Michael Banks had a long list of requirements for a potential nanny in Disney’s movie “Mary Poppins.” Among them the candidate was to have a cheery disposition, be kind and witty, play games, sing songs, and bring treats. Grandparents are pretty (read more)
Summer offers a great opportunity to spend time with the grandchildren. And it can be a lot of fun — if, they don’t kill you first. We paid a visit to one of our nearby state parks recently. It was on of those “Picnic and Play” days, when so many families (read more)
Grandparents have many duties and obligations. Many are routine: Remember birthdays. Make sure the welcome mat is always out. Keep a supply of cookies and milk on hand. Things like that. (read more)
It was a very long winter and winter can be tough on grandparents.We were often called into service when the weather forced schools to begin late or let out early.Often, during those shortened days, Grandpa’s car became the school bus, while the grandpar (read more)
It truly must be tough to get old. This became very apparent to me when I observed our two grandsons during after-school visits to our home. (read more)