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Parenting tips, family wellness, and health and wellness content for kids. Here, you’ll find posts to help you be a better parent, build stronger relationships, and manage life changes.

Indoor Activities for the Whole Family

The ice, snow, and extreme cold of winter can sometimes make it hard to get enough outdoor time. If it’s not dangerously cold, you can still get outside for an hour or two, provided you’re all properly dressed. But there are still many hours to fill, especially when kids are out of school.

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How to Get Your Teen to Care About Health

If you’ve got teens, you know how it is. You’ve raised them from tiny babies to the cusp of adulthood. And you’ve worked hard to help them form good health habits. You’ve reminded them to brush their teeth, to eat their vegetables, and to shower regularly. It’s worked out pretty well: They aren’t total slobs. They’re out and on their own a lot more, making their own decisions—even driving cars. (We know! Terrifying.) Before you know it, they’ll truly be in charge of their own decisions. What more can you do to make sure they lead healthy and happy lives?

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Relationships

How to Get Extended Family Together, Despite the Holidays

Our extended families—our grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins—fill much the same role in our lives as parents and siblings. They inform who we are, they help us explore how we get along with others, and they add extra dimension—some might say flavor—to our lives. Speaking of flavor, it’s among our extended families that we often find the best bakers of homemade pies.

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Pets

Get a Pet and Feel Better About Life

Sometimes the best medication for the pressures of modern life has a tail and a meow or a bark. When you adopt a pet, you set yourself up for less stress, anxiety, and loneliness, plus reduced depression, more exercise, and even better heart health.

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Parenting

How to Help Your Kids Conquer Cold and Flu Season

Although it may feel like it, you’re not actually powerless against what’s going around. It turns out there are a lot of ways you help prevent your kids (and yourself) from getting sick.

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Having a Baby Over 40: What You Need to Know

Feel like time is running out? Having a baby in your 40s never looked so promising. While there are things you should know before trying to conceive a baby later in life, being of advanced maternal age is no longer a barrier to building a family.

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Classes for Childbirth: How Hancock Health Supports Expecting Parents

Nervous about giving birth? Hancock Health offers a free childbirth preparation class…

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Combating Childhood Obesity

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. How does Indiana compare to nationwide…

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When Your Favorite Uncle is Now Your Aunt

Many of us aren’t educated in how to interact with someone who has changed genders. Here are basic ways to show a family member or friend your love and compassion.

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Five Ways to Show Mom You Appreciate Her, with One Not-So-Hidden Message

Moms everywhere are more stressed than ever.

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Healthy Relationship Checkup

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Tough Choices: Taking Away the Keys

Taking the keys away from an aging loved one can mean leaving them feeling isolated or lonely. They may even fear losing their independence. Take heart, we have some tips for you so when the time comes you can make an informed and compassionate decision.

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Navigating the Empty Nest as a Couple

If you recently joined the ranks of “empty nester,” you may feel…

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What a Parkinson’s Diagnosis Means for Your Family

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease that affects the whole family. Help your…

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Vacay with the Dog

Want to travel with your dog? We’ve got the scoop.

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Traveling This Summer? Who Will Care for Your Pets?

Options for your pets when you travel: kennel, vet, pet sitter

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Dog Training 101: Jumping, Chewing, and Barking, Oh My!

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