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  • Sheryl Sandberg Wants to Ban the Word 'Bossy'

    After inciting much-needed conversation on workplace feminism with her book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and mother of two, opens up about her own family life and gives us the inside scoop on her new Ban Bossy public-service campaign-which starts by asking parents and kids alike to stop using the word "bossy" to describe strong girls.

    RELATED: Raising Daughters With High Self-Esteem

    What can we do to help ban the word "bossy?" People often see gender inequality as a problem too big to fix on their own, but I think cultural shifts happen by small things we do each day. To help ban the word "bossy," tell your girls:

    • Speak Up. Raise your hand in class and express yourself.
    • Believe in Yourself. Trust that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
    • Stop Apologizing. There's no need to say that you're sorry for making a decision.
    • Practice. Remember, leadership is a muscle that can be worked like any other.

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  • How Safe is Your Baby's Sleep?

    How Safe is Your Baby's Sleep?

    By Shaun Dreisbach from American Baby

    American Baby, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, polled more than 4,500 new moms with babies 1 year old and younger to find out how they put their child to sleep. While nearly all told us they know the steps for reducing the risk of sleep-related infant death, too many disregard them. AB investigates:

    RELATED: What is SIDS?

    When she was expecting, Heather Vanzandt never thought she'd be a mom who would break ranks with accepted safety advice. "I'd always read that the way for an infant to sleep is on his back in his crib," says the mom from Oil City, Pennsylvania. But every time she put her son down like that, he'd wake up wailing. "Nothing worked until I put him to sleep on his stomach and he slept. I was worried, but family members told me they'd done it, and that it was fine to do."

    Vanzandt sounds a lot like many of the 4,547 moms of babies age 1 and younger that American Baby polled in partnership with Safe Kids

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  • The Kids’ Health Stories We’ll Be Talking About in 2014

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    A look ahead at the children's health and development stories you'll be hearing about next year.

    By Richard Rende, Ph.D, and Kara Corridan

    How "Obamacare" affects children and families

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- a loaded topic if ever there was one. At press time, the much-maligned website was working 90 percent of the time, compared to 43 percent in October. So it stands to reason that most of the people who are seeking new coverage during this open enrollment period (which ends March 31 for coverage starting in 2014) will be able to get the information they're looking for. But site functionality isn't the biggest issue when it comes to children; it's whether all children will be covered under ACA, and whether families will indeed be able to select a better and more affordable plan. To help cut through the inevitable confusion, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a helpful interactive map linking to state-specific fact sheets that will

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  • 5 Most Exciting Fertility Breakthroughs of 2013

    TKThe world of baby making got some big boosts this year.

    By Melanie Abrahams

    Getting pregnant isn't always a piece of cake, but some major advancements in 20 are making it so much easier for couples who need a boost. We're counting down the top five fertility breakthroughs of the year.

    #5: Ovarian Tissue Transplant Leads to Viable Pregnancy

    Ten years ago, an Australian woman had to have her ovaries removed during cancer treatments. Her life literally depended on the procedure, but doctors said that without her ovaries, she'd never be able to have children. Thanks to the ingenuity of some amazing doctors who had the foresight to save and freeze some tissue from her ovaries, this woman became pregnant with twin girls in 2013!

    IVF Breakthrough: No Ovaries? No Problem (Or, Well, Less of a Problem) >>

    Could you be pregnant right now? Take our quiz to find out. >>

    #4: Embryos Up for Adoption

    It's common for couples to have frozen embryos left over after

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  • 4 Ways to Make Halloween Less Scary

    TKSurvive the spooky season with these tips for 'fraidy cats.

    By Marisa Cohen

    Ghosts and goblins, grinning jack-o'-lanterns, scary skeletons... Some preschoolers love the spooky spectacle of this holiday (not to mention all the candy!), but others can get freaked out around creepy masks, costumes, and crowds of kids. "Halloween can present a challenge for parents of 3- and 4-year-olds because this is the age when children first truly show an interest in trick-or-treating, and yet they're still young enough to get frightened or overstimulated," says Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., a psychologist in Rockville, Maryland, and author of Anxiety-Free Kids. It's hard to know how much your child will be up for on Halloween. But you can try to anticipate any potential problems before then so you can keep the day low-key and fun for everyone.

    RELATED: Kids' Favorite Halloween Costumes

    Demystify Decorations

    While kiddie parades and preschool parties are pretty tame (apple cider and candy

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  • The Government Shutdown and Families: How They're Affected

    By Julia Haskins

    A lot of the talk surrounding the current government shutdown has focused on bipartisan politics. But while the adults fight it out, kids are being left out. The impacts of the government shutdown are far-reaching and could potentially impair the health and happiness of children across the country. Take a look at some of the ways that the shutdown will impact kids.

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    Kids' Health and Wellness

    Food Safety

    With Congress at impasse, government agencies can't perform their most basic responsibilities sufficiently. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the midst of a government shutdown, the "FDA will be unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities," which is likely to make some parents think twice about what they put on the dinner table during this period. (You can still keep tabs on the latest food and

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  • Should Your Child Attend a Chickenpox Party?

    TK The practice of purposely infecting kids with the chickenpox virus -- in an effort to "get it over with" -- worries doctors for many reasons.

    By Kristen Finello

    You're invited ... to a chickenpox party. Huh? Years ago, it wasn't uncommon for parents to bring their kids over to a friend's or neighbor's house when a child turned up with the classic itchy, red, blistery rash of chickenpox, a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus.

    RELATED: Chickenpox Symptoms and Treatment

    Since the virus is extremely contagious -- it can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through touching the fluid from chickenpox blisters -- exposing your child to a pal with pox was often enough to have him catch the disease. And since most kids would get it anyway -- before a vaccine was introduced in 1995, 90% got chickenpox before the age of 20 -- parents figured why not catch it and get it over with? Plus, the disease can be more serious in teens and adults than in

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  • Why Kids Need Physical Education

    By Leslie Garisto Pfaff from Parents Magazine

    Exercise isn't only good for your child's body; it also helps shape his mind. So why are schools cutting phys ed and outdoor play from the curriculum?

    We Need More Physical Education in Schools 

    Your second-grader has a spelling quiz today. It's 7:30 A.M. To help her do her best, you should...

    A. Give her a pep talk.
    B. Quiz her on the material.
    C. Turn on some music and challenge her to jump around for ten minutes.

    Okay, it's a trick question, since all these strategies can be helpful. But if you answered C, you've aced the prep test -- and there's a very good chance your child will do well too.Of course, you know that regular physical activity is important for kids' health and reduces their risk of becoming overweight. However, the intriguing news is that it's also associated with higher academic achievement. A recent study by the Delaware Department of Education and the nonprofit Nemours Health & Prevention Services analyzed the records of

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  • Worst Baby Advice Ever

    The times have certainly changed since American Baby magazine's inaugural issue 75 years ago. Check out the blunders we've made along the way. We usually get it right -- but we can't stop laughing at our biggest bloopers from the past 75 years. Yikes!

    14 Most Outdated Pieces of Baby Advice

    THEN (June 1946) There is no necessity for trying to entertain a baby. You will only tire him out and spoil his day.

    NOW Smile and laugh with your peanut. He'll light up from your attention.

    THEN (February 1957) You can rent good ultraviolet ray lamps at low cost. When the baby arrives, you two can bask in the indoor sunshine on dark days and in the winter.

    Sun lamps, seriously? Outside, be sure to seek shade and use

    THEN (January 1965) Depending on the state of his nervous system, your husband can give you

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  • What to Tell Your Kids when Their Heroes Fall

    TKBy Richard Rende from

    Kids have heroes. They always have, and they always will. Adults have them too.

    But what do we tell our kids when our heroes fall?

    The world of sports offers lots of opportunities to see personal success and failure. When the success happens, it reinforces why athletes are heroes to our kids. When they fail though, it's not clear what it means to them.

    RELATED: How to Talk to Your Kids

    Baseball, for example, has been plagued for years now with issues related to Performance Enhancing Drugs. While the "steroid era" has seemingly passed us by (one in which a good number of players with Hall of Fame numbers will probably not get elected because of confirmed or assumed use), we still see suspensions and new scandals emerging. Sometimes the fall is even more severe - as in the case of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who is now in prison, charged with murder.

    So my question is what do we say to our kids? Are there lessons here?

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