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Food Wars – 10 Tactics to Win Over Your Fussy Eater

Food Wars – 10 Tactics to Win Over Your Fussy Eater

Does your child’s meal-time always feel like war-time? Is your dinner table a battle ground strewn with headless boiled cauliflower amid the red run-off from steamed beets? Does your young one always emerge victorious? Do you suffer from PTSD?

Kids are notorious for becoming fussy eaters around the time of their …

Sleep Solution Primer

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Ever wondered where the phrase “sleep like a baby” came from? I am fairly certain it wasn’t a parent who coined that phrase.
Sleep training children is a notoriously arduous task. To make matters worse, a lot of sleep literature for children offers contradictory viewpoints confusing parents even more as …

Avoiding Birthday Party Disasters

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Kids’ birthday parties are one of the things that parents look forward to, and dread the most. With all of the running around to make sure everyone has food, is having fun, and to make sure everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to miss out on all the best moments.
If …

Breastfeeding in Public

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Breastfeeding in Public

“I’m new to the UAE, and expecting a baby.  I was wondering what the rules are about breastfeeding in public.  Is it allowed?”
As a member of an online breastfeeding support group, I often see messages like the one above. The great news is that both Islam and UAE society …

Step Up: The Daddy Revolution

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Step Up: The Daddy Revolution

Historically the work-life juggling act has focused on women and mothers; articles abound that focus on whether women can make a successful career while still being able to bake cookies with the kids. Another flavor of this is the recent focus on whether extended maternity leave impacts a woman’s progress …

Common Questions About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding.  We’ve been doing it for thousands of years, if not more. We have a strong biological instinct to nourish and nurture our babies this way. But as we look ahead to the birth of our first baby, we may have questions; we’ve never done this before, and neither has …

Health Account: Nutrition Guidelines While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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The importance of good nutrition is, perhaps, most crucial during pregnancy and after birth, to help sustain your energy and keep you and your baby healthy.
While you are pregnant, your baby requires many nutrients that he/she will receive from your placenta. Most of these nutrients are taken from the mother’s …

Party Planning: Birthday Party Snacks For Kids

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We all know that first birthday parties are hard to plan. Chances are, photos are the only way that your baby will know it ever happened, and yet it is such a milestone – a time to introduce new traditions. Your main guests will be adults for this one, but …

Bright Beginnings: The Benefits Of Early Reading

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Bright Beginnings: The Benefits Of Early Reading

“The more that you read, the more  things you will know. The  more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Suess
You must have heard that reading to children is pivotal for their cognitive development. You may, however, wonder what the benefits of reading to infants and toddlers are, …

Saima’s Blog: My Most Maddening Motherhood Moments

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Saima’s Blog: My Most Maddening Motherhood Moments

We all adore our kids and love them endlessly. However, I am sure most of you will agree, sometimes parenthood is fraught with crazed, maddening moments. After recently being asked by numerous friends, who are either new or expectant parents, about the challenges of parenthood I was inspired to compile …

Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

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Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

Every mother and baby has a unique breastfeeding relationship. Babies and mothers have their own preferred positions, places, and habits while breastfeeding, and after the crazy first few weeks they find their groove and settle into a rhythm.
Occasionally, something may happen which seems to upset this rhythm. Often these “blips” …

Ready Set Talk: Speech and Language Milestones

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For many parents, few moments are as eagerly anticipated and memorable as seeing their babies return that long awaited smile or hearing  them utter their first word.
The development of speech and language skills is a truly remarkable feat. Babies are learning how to communicate from the moment they are …

Breastfeeding Myth Busters

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Expecting a baby?Congratulations!Planning to breastfeed? 
I am are sure you’ve heard a lot about breastfeeding – what a breeze it is, how difficult it is, how to time feeds, how not to time feeds, how painful it is, how downright good it feels, how convenient it is, how time-consuming it …

Buckle Up In The Back: An Interview with Lesley Cully

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In the UAE, car accidents are the leading cause of death amongst children younger than 14 years of age (63 percent). The fatality rate of children in car accidents in the UAE is almost three times higher than global average. 90 percent of children, in the UAE, are driven around …

Bad Bites: A Case For Organic Foods

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Have you ever been amazed by the fact that the apples your bought from the supermarket 3 weeks ago still look fresh? Have you wondered why all the strawberries in the pack are so red, succulently perfect, and almost identical to their siblings? Thought about why a chicken drumstick is …

The Endless Possibilities of Stories

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The Endless Possibilities of Stories

My mother knew how to spin a yarn and long ones at that. She could stretch a story for days, weaving magical beings, mystical happenings, comical interludes, drama, scenes, dialogues, in short, everything that makes for good fiction. And she did it at the top of her head, eyes twinkling …

Science of Sleep

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Science of Sleep

Do you have red, watery eyes? Are you feeling like a zombie lately? Does your baby not sleep more than 2-3 hours at a stretch, night or day? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, read on.
For most new parents, sleep deprivation is almost a rite of passage. A few …

Adventures in Independent Sleep

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Adventures in Independent Sleep

When exactly was it that adult humans realized that the ultimate utopian dream is to sleep twelve or more hours a day without any interruptions, have your every want and need catered to, and have it all happen willingly and with a smile to boot.
Now that we adults are …

Big Love = Big Brain

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We have all heard that nurturing children makes them smarter. Ever wondered exactly how that happens?
While the impacts of nurture on cognitive development are wide-ranging, one of the most intriguing effects of providing children with TLC is the enhanced growth of certain parts of their brain. Big Love equals …

Dad Diaries – The Top Five Things About Being A Father

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Dad Diaries – The Top Five Things About Being A Father

While the pressures of being the proverbial ‘man of the house’ are significant, the sheer pleasure of spending time with my children more than off-sets such pressures. In fact, of life’s many pleasures, very few compare to the joys of fatherhood.
For me, the five best things about being a father …

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