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Month in Review (March 2015): Saying Goodbye to Papa

Month in Review (March 2015): Saying Goodbye to Papa

by / on March 20, 2015, 8:00 am

While I could write about story time and potty training or good behavior and bad, the month of March has been overshadowed by a loss in my family. My father — Papa to my daughter — passed away on March 7 after an almost two-year battle with cancer. Although I had […]

First Signs of Labor: Saying No to Vaginal Exams

First Signs of Labor: Saying No to Vaginal Exams

by / on March 28, 2015, 8:00 am

At the first signs of labor, an expectant mother is often subject to an internal vaginal exam by a nurse, midwife, or doctor. The most commonly cited reasons for performing an exam inside the vagina with a gloved (hopefully) hand is to check the cervix and the baby. Internal vaginal […]

Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) Exposure Matures Infants’ Immune Systems (Press Release)

Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) Exposure Matures Infants’ Immune Systems (Press Release)

by / on March 27, 2015, 8:45 am

A Singapore-led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. These findings radically modify the way that HBV vertical infection of neonates (mother-to-child) is portrayed and present […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter C Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter C Lesson Plan

by / on March 27, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about the letter C Book(s): Carmen and the Letter C by Cynthia Amoroso C Is for Celebrate by Vicki Rakestraw Spot’s ABC: A First Alphabet Book by Eric Hill A Black Cat: An ABC Book by Bernette Ford Music: “The Letter People – Meet Mr. C” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae47phOqi-M) […]

Number of Births May Affect Future Heart Health Among Mothers (Press Release)

Number of Births May Affect Future Heart Health Among Mothers (Press Release)

by / on March 26, 2015, 8:45 am

Women who give birth to four or more children are more likely to have cardiovascular changes that can be early indicators of heart disease than women who have fewer children, new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists finds. Cardiologist Dr. Monika Sanghavi, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, found that […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter B Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter B Lesson Plan

by / on March 26, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about the letter B Book(s): Bernard, Me, and the Letter B by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed Andy Learns the Letter Bb by J.P. Curington B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel B Is for Breakdancing Bear by Stuart Lynch The Alphabet Parade […]

Report Warns of Serious Health Risks of Online Breast Milk

Report Warns of Serious Health Risks of Online Breast Milk

by / on March 25, 2015, 9:00 am

“Breast is best,” argues the well-known breastfeeding adage. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life followed by breastfeeding with the introduction of complementary foods until age 1 and then continued breastfeeding until age 2 or beyond as mutually desired by mother and […]

Red Sankofa Diapers Pocket Diaper: Daily Diaper

Red Sankofa Diapers Pocket Diaper: Daily Diaper

by / on March 25, 2015, 8:00 am

Before purchasing a new cloth diaper to add to my stash, I check out pictures of the diaper in action to get a better feel for the diaper. The Daily Diaper is an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch in which I share photographs of the cloth diapers in my […]

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled Eggs Recipe

by / on March 25, 2015, 6:00 am

Ingredients 6 eggs 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard paprika Directions Cover the eggs in water in a medium pan. Cook the eggs until hardboiled. Allow the hardboiled eggs to cool completely. Peel the shells from the eggs. Cut the eggs in half. Remove the yolks from […]

Parental Smoking Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Future Among Children

Parental Smoking Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Future Among Children

by / on March 24, 2015, 9:00 am

Parenting plays a significant role in the future health of children. Children exposed to parental smoking may have an increased risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than children of non-smoking parents, says a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. The findings add to the growing […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter A Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Letter A Lesson Plan

by / on March 24, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about the letter A Book(s): Anna and the Letter A by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed Andy Learns the Letter Aa by J.P. Curington A Is for Apple by Georgie Birkett A Was Once an Apple Pie by Edward Lear Music: “The Letter People – Meet […]

Fewer Multiple Births Could Reduce Autism Risk in ART Children (Press Release)

Fewer Multiple Births Could Reduce Autism Risk in ART Children (Press Release)

by / on March 23, 2015, 8:30 am

In a paper published online on Thursday, March 19, 2015, scientists report that the incidence of diagnosed autism was twice as high for assisted reproductive technology (ART) as non-ART births among the nearly 6 million children in their study born in California from 1997 through 2007. However, much of the […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Mammals Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Mammals Lesson Plan

by / on March 23, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about mammals Message: Mammals are animals with hair or fur. Mother mammals make milk that baby mammals drink. People are mammals. Book(s): Dolphin, Fox, Hippo, and Ox: What Is a Mammal? by Brian P. Clearly Mammals by Kari Schuetz Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their […]

Baby Sign Language: Butterfly

Baby Sign Language: Butterfly

by / on March 22, 2015, 8:00 am

Teach your baby the sign for the word butterfly in baby sign language with the following description and video. Butterfly Place one flat hand on top of the other flat hand to form a shape that mimics a butterfly. Hold the hands up to the side of the face and […]

Abdominal Ultrasounds: Not for My Pregnancy

Abdominal Ultrasounds: Not for My Pregnancy

by / on March 21, 2015, 8:00 am

I am unconvinced about the merits of abdominal ultrasounds. An average mom-to-be will get at least two ultrasounds throughout her pregnancy. Women with pregnancies diagnosed as high risk will receive many more, especially during the latter half of their pregnancies. Using ultrasound on babies in the womb allows a doctor […]