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Latest Science Shows Brain Connections Strengthened More By Books vs. Screens

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Latest Science Shows Brain Connections Strengthened More By Books vs. Screens

As parents, we know deep down that reading is better for our children's brain than sitting in front of a screen. But now, the latest science out of the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center of Cincinnati's Children's Hospital shows actual brain scans showing that this is true.  In this article by Sandee LaMotte, images from the study show that the brains of preschoolers frequently read to by their caregivers have more established and organized white matter in the literacy centers of the brain. In contrast, children who spent several hours per day playing on or watching screens had a disorganized mass...

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Cooper Place Is Growing

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Cooper Place Is Growing

. . . by two small baby feet!  Big Brother and Big Sister are thrilled to welcome Cooper Place Baby No. 3 to the family at the end of March. There are already plans being made for "sharing batman with the baby" and "teaching the baby how to play with legos" and "giving blankies to the baby."  My three-year-old calls himself a "big boy" but he still sleeps with a giant armful of our super soft swaddles and often totes them around the house with him. When he is feeling sick or gets hurt, nothing but a swaddle blanket will...

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I Need a Tantrum Epidural, STAT! 6 Tips for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums I Wish I Had Known Earlier

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I Need a Tantrum Epidural, STAT! 6 Tips for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums I Wish I Had Known Earlier

Toddler tantrums will never completely disappear, but they do not have to rule your life.

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More Than 50 Uses for a Muslin Swaddle Blanket

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More Than 50 Uses for a Muslin Swaddle Blanket

Moms carry too much stuff.  We have to have a hang bag inventory for. every. single. emergency (and I-forgot-my-favorite-sock “emergency”). To help simplify, today we share the truly multi-use nature of one of motherhood’s most present items: the lightweight, breathable muslin swaddle blanket.   Below are MORE than 50 uses for the swaddle blanket. Some of them are legitimate emergency uses (and might destroy your swaddle), but others are reusable everyday uses we just might not have thought of. Read on and simplify your life by carrying around one of these lightweight, endlessly-useful blankets instead of other 51 one-use items....

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Beach Hacks for the Busy Mom

Beach Hacks for the Busy Mom

  My kids love the beach, but I often find myself thinking of the logistical nightmare of getting the whole crew out--and happy--in the sun all day. Sand, food, shade, sunscreen, waves, water, SHARKS (kidding. mostly.)--there is a lot for mom to think about. Here are some beach hacks to make your visit relaxing for you and enjoyable for everyone! Slather up before you get to the beach: My fair skin will be well on it’s way to a crisp if I wait to put my sunscreen on until after I complete my beach “mom duties”. So I don’t have...

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