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Nanny: A Budget-Friendly Option for Large Families

As the employer, you actually need to budget for quite a bit more than the hourly rate. When you hire a nanny as a household employee, you have to pay Social Security and Medicare for that person, as well as unemployment insurance and often payroll services

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The Decision: Working Mom or Stay at Home Mom?

Many things go into the decision to stay at home or stay at work. Both can be the right choice and both can be the hard choice. Here we offer perspectives from two of our writers. They made different decisions and try to provide some perspective if you, too, are struggling with this decision. The [...]
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School Shootings: Let’s Unite Against Violence

I went to Columbine High School. Remember that name? It was the site of one of deadliest school shootings in American history. Two students killed 13 classmates, then committed suicide in the library. Most people remember where they were when the World Trade Center fell. I do, too. But just as vividly, I remember the day […]

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My Boobs Failed Me: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work

One of the things I never questioned about being a mom was my desire to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has so many benefits for mama and baby—it just seemed like a no-brainer. And even though I knew, intellectually, that my big boobs didn’t necessarily mean more food for my baby, it seemed like I had good equipment for […]

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Reading Aloud: Why Do We Do It?

This is the first in a series about communication between you and your child. Why focus on communication? Brazilian educator Paulo Freire says it best: “Yet only through communication can human life hold meaning.” We talk to our children from birth; we spend countless hours and millions of words communicating with them over a lifetime. […]

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Your High Schooler & the Dreaded Four Letter Word: Love

It was love at first sight…   Of a MySpace picture.    I fell for his perfectly crafted black-and-white portrait right then and there. I didn’t even know his last name, but I didn’t need to. That was of little concern to my 15-year-old heart.   Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I met […]

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