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When the 2013 US Popular Baby Names list came out in May, we ran Kelli Brady's, aka The Name Freak, wonderful Playground Analysis blog, with her count of the real top 50 baby names. Brady tallies all spelling variations of the top names in calculating their rank, which puts Aiden et al instead of Noah at No. 1 for boys, for instance, and bumps Jackson (and Jaxen, Jaxon, and Jaxson) up to No 2.

Summer just doesn't seem complete without a trip to the beach; and as with most outings involving small children, they can either be stressful or enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time playing with your little ones at the beach.

I was sharing lunch with a friend recently when the conversation turned to happiness, specifically our parents'.

Tex-Mex refers to a cuisine that combines American and Mexican food products and ingredients into a unique regional blend. Originating in the southwestern border states, Tex Mex combines ingredients like shredded cheese, meat, beans, spices and tortillas into dishes like fajitas and chili con carne. While most popular in Texas, Tex Mex dishes enjoy widespread popularity throughout the country.

Prince George turns one and happy birthday to the little Royal. His birthday has drawn lots of attention - including the cover of Vanity Fair magazine - and I mostly get that. But not how what the little tyke wears has also become a draw, so much so that the overalls and shoes and rompers he's donned have quickly sold out once the public (or at least a certain segment of) learns what shop or designer sold them.

So ... interesting little story recently that has now gone viral. A woman's fed-up husband sent her an Excel spreadsheet, recording every time she shot down his attempts to have intimate relations over the last seven weeks, including her verbatim excuses.

In last year's Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel's adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

Some days 24 hours in a day just doesn't seem like enough time to get everything on your "To-Do" lists done. Busy moms are always trying to squeeze more into each day. Between having a full-time job, carpooling, and taking care of a busy family finding shortcuts to increase productivity can help save mom's sanity. Check out these organizational tips to help you pack more into each and every day.

Nearly every day in the last years of his life, Casimir Paugys drove to Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in suburban River Forest, Ill., sat in his car, read the paper and enjoyed the placid pond and nature center there.

So there I was with my sister on vacation recently, no kids, sitting at a hip outdoor bar and grill on the pier in Key West, Fla., waiting to watch the sun set over the water.

TRAVEL IN STYLE

Meet the digital diapered set.

High on the list of questions from expectant moms is: "What should I eat to keep my baby healthy?"

Her first year at University of Kansas, Jasmin Moore noticed the black students sat together. The Hispanic students sat together. And everyone else did the same. This was over a decade ago.

We're all about families having fun together, and game night is one of the best ways to do that. But playing the same games over and over can get a little stale. So in the interests of injecting a little more fun into your family's game night, here are some great choices that will keep you and yours engaged and laughing.

Archie Andrews has died, felled by an assassin's bullet intended for a friend. Let's pause here to mourn an iconic figure of our childhood.

For a writer, it's a gift to know someone reads your writing. For a storyteller, it's high praise to hear a story in return. Have I mentioned I love getting mail?

Dear Mr. Dad: We have two boys, ages four and nine. The nine-year-old has no problem sleeping in his own bed, but the four-year-old constantly wants to sleep with my husband and me. I don't mind an occasional "sleep over" - especially when my husband is away on business and the bed seems so empty. But lately, my son wants to be in our bed every night. That seems a little old to me. Is co-sleeping with a four-year-old okay?

When the strong-arming began to tax gym memberships and exercise classes in D.C. (as is already done in many states), opponents to the tax turned out to protest by striking yoga poses in public spaces - the warrior pose, the mountain pose, assorted poses with arms, hips and torsos thrust at interesting angles. The protest was so much more original than the usual placard-carrying protests that I immediately raised my free weights in support.

Q: When is it normal for a boy's voice to change? My son is 10, and his voice is getting deeper every day.

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't relish the idea of waking up several times a night to take her to the bathroom and tending to a newborn as well. I would prefer to continue using diapers until she is old enough to get out of bed and take herself to the potty (even a potty in her room). Is this unrealistic? Or should I just deal with the extra night wakings and start taking her to the potty a few times a night now? If not, how do I keep her diaper on at night?

There he is, aging right before my eyes. In the churchy light of early morning, I can see the peach fuzz emerging on his face. Pre-whiskers. What's next? A pimple? Puberty? Dear Gawwwwd.

Q. I'm pregnant with my first child. I'll soon be married to the father who also has one biological daughter and a 7 year-old son who he found out wasn't his when establishing paternity for child support after the boy turned 1 year of age.

I've been divorced for three years, and my mother is still hoping it's just a phase.

There's a giant tent frame outside my beach rental blocking my view of the ocean. It was here when I got here and it's clearly been abandoned. I understand canopy tents are a pain to take down, but to just strip the canopy and leave the frame? Talk about pitching a tent . . . .

With all the alarming news about the Philadelphia School District finances and whether the Pennsylvania legislature will or won't institute a cigarette tax to bolster funds, there's one lovely little ray of good news:

Being engaged and informed in your child's health is one of the most important roles that a parent can fill, but dealing with a health issue can be anxiety-inducing for most parents. Here are some practical tips to help you navigate health concerns for your child.

1. Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor Names

I was talking with a co-worker yesterday, and she was recalling something her young son said to her that surprised her.

What do young explorers need when they visit distant shores? The latest in sturdy beach toys and water-resistant backpacks.



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