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Summertime Checklist: Things To Do Before School Lets Out

Sycamore Health Center | April 2015   With the snow finally gone and the school year wrapping up, you probably have your sights set on summer. The lazy days of summer can be a nice break from the routine, but a drastic change of pace from the busy school year can leave some families feeling […]

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Raising Globally-Minded Children

Last spring, I traveled for a week in Vietnam with my young family.  Around four o’clock in the afternoon, the intense equatorial heat finally loosened its grip over Ho Chi Minh City.  We threaded our way through the congested alleyways of the covered Ben Thanh Market, our children showing wear from the long day with […]

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Dance Mom

For fourteen years now, I’ve been “Mom.” Rachel’s mom, Sammi’s mom, Piper’s mom, soccer mom, cookie mom…you know the drill. And since 2011, I’ve had the privilege; well, I’ve PAID for the privilege, of calling myself “dance mom.” You may have seen the Lifetime television program Dance Moms, in which an overbearing woman screams at […]

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Getting Kids Outdoors in the Winter

My husband and I both enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: camping, hiking, biking, walking to the park and going to the beach. What do these activities have in common? We can’t do much of them during the cold winter months! Especially with our 3-year-old son. Yet it’s important to get kids outside year-round. When […]

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From the Experts: Tips for Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Ashley Smalley, MS, RD, LD, Dietician, Mercy Hospital When you’re pregnant, you need to eat the right foods. After all, you’re supporting a growing life. During pregnancy you’ll need lots of extras. That includes extra protein, iron, calcium and folic acid. You’ll also need more calories. But eating for two doesn’t mean eating twice as much. […]

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Black and White and Too Much Grey: My Story of Finding My Birth Family

November has many things to be thankful for (gobble, gobble), but it is also National Adoption Awareness Month. An entire month dedicated to raising awareness for the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and others who choose to love their adopted babies, big and small. Two amazing people adopted me several years ago when HIPAA laws […]

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