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Planned Parenthood is now making house calls.

I wasn't sure how I would go on as I stood over my son's bed in the emergency room. These are the mad thoughts that can consume a parent when forced to imagine the unimaginable, think the unthinkable.

Monsters under the bed, scary things in the closet and nightmares are often things that plague even the less sensitive of children. Classed as a normal part of child development, you may find that they also occur just before a growth spurt or another developmental milestone. They can also be brought on by our child's over-active, over-stimulated imagination, which is often caused by changes in routine, movies, theme parks, new friends, late nights, extra sugar or stresses from a new environment. The result is a cycle of nightmares, fears and not wanting to go to bed, or be alone. Following are some tips based around your child's dominant sense, that can help alleviate some of the symptoms.

"Mom!" my kids are yelling. "You missed the turn! You always do that, turns don't like you."

Although many kids trotted back into classrooms last month, September is still considered prime season for buying kids' school apparel. For many parents, though, back-to-school shopping for children's clothes can be a costly, harried ritual. Kids want cool stuff, but Mom or Dad can't � or won't � foot the bill for pricey new duds.

Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she's also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of "Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy."

It happens to every child or teen at some point in life.

As summer wraps up and your family dives into the school year, family meals can be a great way to reconnect with one another. This week, go on a HONEY-moon with loved ones through making some recipes, both sweet and savory, inspired by National Honey Month. In the scope of a balanced diet featuring foods from all five food groups, using honey is a great way to add flavor to dishes naturally.

Fall is here and it's truly a beautiful time of the year. If you live in an area where the air is turning cool and the leaves are crisp and changing colors, it's even more amazing. Summer is now over, school is in full swing, football games are plentiful and kids are starting to anticipate Halloween. Fall offers a full range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy - the options are really limitless. Here are 10 of our favorite ones to share with you. So this weekend, get your family outside to enjoy this special time!

Pinterest is great to search for ideas for kids' activities, but a book filled with activities is a great resource to have on hand and go through with your kids. Here are three books that we turn to for fun and games.

Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names? You betcha. First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.

Four days after his eighth birthday last year, Cayden McCorkel's head slammed into the ground on a football field in Woodbury, Minn. "My friend tackled me super hard, and then I hit my head super hard to the ground," he said, recalling what happened as he fidgeted on his front porch.

We're nearing that time of year again, the dreaded cold and flu season. This year you can be prepared to take control and keep illness at bay by following these easy tips. With seven children of my own I know the flu, or even a cold, can wreak havoc on a child's immune system, and if you have multiple children in your home then you know full-well how quickly illness can spread from one child to another. Follow these easy tips to help your family stay happy and healthy.

Often we like to think that bonding happens immediately when we cast eyes on our little one, but mostly it is an ongoing process, one that changes and grows as we and our children also change and grow. Ritual family times allow us ongoing reconnection and the evening bath is a perfect example of this. However often this time can be a period of stress; by understanding your child's dominant sense and being organized ahead of time, you will be able to be able to transform your bath time into a fun and bonding experience.

We've long been loving o-ending boys' names like Milo and Theo, but now we're seeing that final vowel sound becoming a solid trend for girls. Except here names with the o-ending sound don't necessarily end in 'o' - it may also be represented by letters ow, oh or the French aux. Some prime examples: Marlowe has been a hot hit of late, and Isabeau is proving to be a more distinctive follow-up to the ubiquitous Isabel.

I am currently in France, where students all over the country go back to school on the same day. It is called La Rentree Scolaire or for short "La Rentree." As I watch an entire country engage in this activity, what I have found most impressionable during this time are the keen similarities and the stark differences between the French La Rentree and America's back to school time.

You're probably thinking more about what, when and how you're feeding baby than about feeding yourself. These easy tips for healthier eating will boost your energy, help you breastfeed better and take off that baby weight.

Bedtime should be a time when kids feel safe and secure. Regular bedtime rituals can help accomplish that, however, as kids' imaginations start to grow, so do their fears. Understanding where kids' fears originate can help parents provide comfort and put things back into perspective.

Hoping to foster relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren, a woman named Marian McQuade helped make Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978. In honor of this celebration, spend time in the kitchen with your children and grandchildren preparing or creating your family's very own heirloom recipes. Incorporating these special heirloom recipes with ingredients from all five food groups into the family meal routine can help children develop good eating patterns and strong family ties.

Forty years (or so) have gone by and what do I have to show for it? Well, I don't have much stuff, as in material items - certainly nothing to brag about. But I have picked up a little bit of insight over the decades.

Step foot on any college campus on freshman move-in day, and you'll see the same scene: scores of devoted parents with ambivalent looks on their faces, a blend of worry and pride. For those saying goodbye to their only or youngest child, the journey that awaits them will be just as uncharted as the one that lies ahead for their new college student. What will life be like now with an empty nest?

Seriously, what's going on? What's with all the emails? And how in the world did our parents coordinate anything without it? Because everything we do around here begins with an email ...

Dr. Pat Garcia started medical school in 1979, before HIV even had an official name.

We like our male employees flexible. Female employees? Not so much.

I find few things in life more delightful than embarrassing my children. And it's such an easy and entertaining hobby.



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