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Sharing Breast Milk: Texas Hospital Asks Nursing Moms for Donations

Like many new moms, I had difficulty nursing my first child. Even though I’d taken a course when I was pregnant and met with the lactation consultant while I was the hospital, when I got home it was much harder than I exp...
by Shannon McRae
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Snack Time: Finding Healthy Options for Hungry Kids

My children live for snacks. They’re pretty good eaters at meal times, but will definitely devour anything served in snack form. I was lazy over the summer and served more goldfish crackers than I’d like to admit. B...
by Shannon McRae
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Too Soon? New Pregnancy Blood Test Can Determine Fetal Gender at Seven Weeks

One of my best friends has three precious boys. Her house is just what you’d expect–covered in matchbox cars and miniature army men and peppered with lots of conversations about burps and gas. She’s the perfec...
by Shannon McRae
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5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Child’s Visit to the Pediatrician

Our pediatrician is fabulous, and I’ve never once felt rushed during our well check-ups and sick visits. It always feels more like a coffee date with a friend than a doctor’s appointment. But I know she’s not ...
by Shannon McRae
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Talking to Kids About 9/11

I remember that I was standing in my bathroom, brushing my teeth and wondering how late I’d be for work when I heard the “Today” show report from the television in my den. News about a small plane crashing int...
by Shannon McRae
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Prescription for Disaster: Parenting Early Years Magazine Reminds Us to Secure the Medicine Cabinet

I still have a child-proof latch on the cabinet under my kitchen sink. It’s where I keep household cleaners and detergents, and while my kids are past the age (I think) of ingesting anything dangerous, it makes me feel be...
by Shannon McRae
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