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My first “review”

This month I got to review a new chil­dren’s muse­um which opened near our neigh­bor­hood. I was excit­ed to see the muse­um, and excit­ed to try some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent with my writ­ing — a review. It turned out I loved the muse­um and could­n’t wait to take my kids there, so here is the glow­ing review. “Kid­sQuest Chil­dren’s

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Write what you know

This is an arti­cle in which I got to be my own expert. My hus­band and I have had plen­ty of expe­ri­ence trav­el­ing with our two small chil­dren. Many of our friends and fam­i­ly think we’re crazy (and some of our trips have occa­sion­al­ly bor­dered on insan­i­ty), but we love hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expose them to new things. I’m

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Ask the experts

This was an easy one — not much writ­ing or inter­view­ing. I just found a bunch of par­ent­ing experts and asked each one the same ques­tion, “What’s the most impor­tant thing for new par­ents to know?” Here’s what they said. “Expert edu­ca­tion tips for new par­ents”, Par­entMap, Octo­ber 2005

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Decisions, decisions

BabyMap runs a reg­u­lar col­umn called Deci­sion Digest, where they sum­ma­rize all sides of impor­tant issues that expec­tant and new par­ents face. In this issue, I tack­led two ques­tions: whether to bank cord blood for per­son­al use, and using cloth dia­pers ver­sus dis­pos­ables. “Deci­sion digest — Pri­vate cord blood bank­ing and dia­pers”, BabyMap, Fall/Winter 2005–2006

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Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS.

Unite for Chil­dren, Unite against AIDS is a glob­al Cam­paign to alert the world to the fact that chil­dren are miss­ing from the glob­al AIDS agen­da. It pro­vides a plat­form for urgent and sus­tained pro­grams, advo­ca­cy and fundrais­ing to lim­it the impact of HIV/AIDS on chil­dren and help halt the spread of the dis­ease. Pol­i­cy­mak­ers and the glob­al pub­lic must

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Keeping love alive after baby arrives

Here’s one where I have some hands-on expe­ri­ence — main­tain­ing a healthy mar­riage after kids join the fam­i­ly. My extra­or­di­nary hus­band and I will cel­e­brate our 10th anniver­sary this year. We make time to care for each oth­er and our rela­tion­ship, as well as for our two young chil­dren. “Keep­ing love alive after baby arrives”, Par­entMap, Sep­tem­ber 2005, pages 13–14

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Book Review — Swimming with Maya

I picked up this book because the pic­ture on the cov­er looks like my own daugh­ter. When I read the back notes and learned that she was dead, I quick­ly put it back down. I didn’t want to read about Eleanor Vincent’s dev­as­tat­ing loss. For some rea­son, though, I felt com­pelled to try to com­pre­hend her expe­ri­ence. What I found

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Jogging? Ugh.

I love hik­ing, but my bike has been parked for years and jog­ging has nev­er been my thing. To look at me is to clear­ly see that I am not a great author­i­ty on fit­ness. Nev­er­the­less, I accept­ed an assign­ment for an arti­cle on exer­cis­ing out­doors with a child under two. Yes, I actu­al­ly got out the sneak­ers and went

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A little stretch

All of the arti­cles I’ve writ­ten before this one have been on top­ics that I already knew some­thing about or have had some first­hand expe­ri­ence with. Not this one! It was real­ly fun to do, though. Most of the research came from inter­views, so at first I was a lit­tle ner­vous. Every­body I talked to was so help­ful and inspiring,

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Tiny article, but extremely important

Here is a very short arti­cle about a top­ic I am quite pas­sion­ate about, umbil­i­cal cord blood. Sev­er­al major hos­pi­tals in our area have teamed with the blood bank to col­lect and store the stem-cell rich cord blood and donate it to indi­vid­u­als in need through a nation­al reg­istry. Now some­thing that is typ­i­cal­ly dis­card­ed can instead save lives —

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