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5 Reasons Every New Parent Needs an iPhone

Shannon McRae has parented with and without the iPhone. But now that she has the useful device by her side, she’s never going back. Wipes warmers, video monitors, and $800 strollers. Regardless of what you’ve been t...
by Shannon McRae
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Parenting Early Years magazine December 2011-January 2012

5 Steps to the Perfect Photo With Santa

Photos with the big guy are a holiday ritual for most families. Use these tips to get the best shot when your kids visit Santa. Santa is an interesting character at our house. My preschoolers want to like him–after all, h...
by Shannon McRae
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Joe Paterno at a Penn State press conference

Joe Paterno and the Penn State Scandal: Do Any Parents Still Support JoePa?

I’m a huge college football fan. I live in the Deep South where team allegiances are a part of family’s bloodlines, and where recruiting and schedules and records are discussed 365 days a year. I understand people w...
by Shannon McRae
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Closeup of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week promo ad

Are You Using Antibiotics Correctly?

I come from a long line of medicine lovers. When I was growing up, my mom took us to the doctor at the earliest signs of sore throats or stuffed noses. If the visit resulted in an antibiotic prescription, then Mom would make su...
by Shannon McRae
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KIWI magazine October-November 2011 cover detail

How to Get Rid of Your Kids’ Halloween Candy

It taunts me most at night. The candy from my kids’ plastic orange pumpkins calls to me. “They’ll never miss just one piece,” or “A little fun size Kit-Kat bar won’t hurt your post-baby diet ...
by Shannon McRae
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Halloween Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins

Green Halloween: How to Host a Costume Swap

My 4-year-old has been debating his options for Halloween costumes since the end of August. As soon as the candy and decorations hit the shelves at stores, he began discussing his options. He waffled between a construction work...
by Shannon McRae
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