• Take advantage of carpooling to save time.

    Every year I say that we will avoid becoming over-scheduled. The kids can only participate in one activity at a time. I'll learn to say "no" to some of the volunteer opportunities that fall in my lap (no matter how rewarding). We won't double-book friends or family. We'll know our limits and stick to them! Hurrah!

    Somehow, though, we always end up in the same predicament: too much to do, too little time. Since I can't conceivably do it all, I've found a few skip-its and shortcuts that I can use when our schedules get packed. Where can mom cut corners?

    Lunch

    I'd love to put together a delicious and nutritious homemade lunch for my daughters every day. If I've run out of bread, just realized that the last apple has a bad spot on it, or discovered that the thermos is still dirty and I'm out of freezer packs, a homemade lunch might not work. At first, I felt bad if I didn't give the kids a homemade lunch every day. But school lunches are much healthier than they used to be, and my kids lik

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  • Kim Kardashian's baby has already logged more airline miles than most of us will in a lifetime, and she hasn't even been born yet, but how safe is all of this jet-setting while pregnant? With summer travel season on the horizon, The Doctors' co-host Dr. Lisa Masterson weighs in on staying safe while you're on the move.

    • Limit Travel at 34 Weeks

    "You don't really want to travel after 36 weeks, but I would say 34 weeks, and the reason being is pre-term labor can start any time, but typically it's more common around 34 - 36 weeks," says Dr. Lisa. "That's a time when it's really important for the baby. If women are traveling somewhere and they go into pre-term labor they are going to be stuck in a place they're not familiar with. The airlines say 36 weeks but I think to be on the safe side 34 weeks is much better, that's what I do in my practice."

    • Planning a Babymoon? Time It Right.

    "As far as comfort-wise, you really want to travel more into your second trimester from 14 weeks to 28

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  • Help your kids reach their full potential.

    As parents, we want nothing but the best for our children. More than the jobs they'll have, we care about the people they'll become and the mark they'll make on the world. We see nothing but the best in them (even if they do sometimes slam the door or throw a tantrum). How can we help nurture our children and encourage them to reach their potential?

    Help, don't do.

    When we're rushing out the door in the morning, it can be easier for me to tie my daughter's shoes myself. It's faster if I write the word and let her underline the vowels on her homework assignment. I can just clean her room myself and save myself the stress. But just because something is faster, easier, and less stressful for mom doesn't mean it's the best option for your child. Resist the urge to do things for your kid that they can do themselves. It may take longer, may be frustrating for you, and may not be done quite right-but the lessons your children learn will help them for the rest of their lives.

    Enco

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  • Learn how to deal with even the most difficult woman for your family's sake.

    By Rachel Rabkin Peachman

    It's no secret that daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law have complicated relationships. "Both women can feel threatened," says Deanna Brann, PhD, psychotherapist and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law. Daughters-in-law want to establish their place in the family, while mothers-in-law want to ensure they're not excluded. Even when the women love each other, their roles can be hard to figure out. To avoid causing family stress, we asked real mothers-in-law (and some daughters-in-law too) about comments that have rubbed them the wrong way-and asked experts how you can address issues peacefully. Photo by Getty Images

    1. "You're welcome to come over any time. We're always here for you."

    An open-door policy is bound to backfire. For instance, Judy's* daughter-in-law told her she'd be there for her if she needed anything. "But when my husband developed Alzheimer's she went AWOL," leaving Judy hurt a

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  • A day at the zoo can be fun for all the children in your family!

    A few years ago, our family of five headed to the zoo for a birthday celebration for our youngest. It was a hot, busy holiday weekend. Within minutes of pulling into the parking lot, my oldest, who has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, was begging to leave. His sister was, naturally, crushed.

    Until we had that first conversation about her brother's condition, all she understood was that she wouldn't be seeing the elephants that day. My son cried all the way home, not because he was in distress, but because he felt terrible that his sister's dream birthday plans had changed.

    So, how do you turn situations like this into a positive experience? How do you strengthen the bonds between siblings when one of them has special needs? What's the right way to encourage healthy relationships with all of your kids, and help them do the same with one another?

    It's an ongoing process, but it begins with a good foundation. Here's how to start.

    Make time for each child as an individual

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