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It’s Never Too Early to Start Reading With Your Child

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”   We live in a world filled with miracles. We can see them every day—if we know where to look. A miracle occurred the day …

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Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them

Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them As parents, we can all agree that our children are important. But when the day is filled with school drop-off and pick-up, trips to the store, soccer practice, play dates, cleaning, mealtime, and loads more, it can sometimes feel like a challenge to be mindful in our …

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Proper Form for Running or Walking With Baby

After my daughter was born, figuring out how I could exercise with her in tow was a major priority. Being able to go for a hike with her in a carrier, and eventually take her out in a jogging stroller, made me feel less trapped in the house and helped me keep postpartum depression at …

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February at the Oregon Children’s Contest Supports Parenting Now!

Help support Parenting Now! by being part of the Oregon Children’s Contest this month! $25 from EVERY FEBRUARY photo session goes directly to Parenting Now! What could be better than having great family photos by one of the amazing participating photographers for a special rate AND being part of the Oregon Children’s contest (with photos displayed …

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Healthy Families Going Strong

This message is regarding my Healthy Families home visitor, Dixie. I don’t know where to begin. Dixie has been a huge blessing in my and my daughter’s life in the last 3 years. She’s seen me at my best, and worst. She has really given me great tools to become a better first time mother! I …

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Baby’s Bag: Prepare for Disaster

Here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve had quite of bit of discussion recently about the possibility of a major earthquake, and many families were already displaced this summer as a result of wildfires. Now with Halloween on the horizon, I’ve been particularly aware of the potential repercussions of a zombie invasion as well. Having a …

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Learn About Your Newborn

The phone rang midway through the morning, two days after my granddaughter’s birth and hours before the prescribed ‘discharge time’ from the hospital maternity unit. My daughter’s quiet voice came over the phone line. “Mom, I’m afraid.” “Of what, honey?” “Mom, I can’t do this. The nurse just came in, they want me to get …

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Meeting Breastfeeding Goals

The positive benefits of breast feeding and breast milk are well-known, well-researched and well-documented. In Oregon, more than 90% of women plan to breast feed their baby. For most women, the decision of how to feed their newborn is made while they are pregnant and put into action once the baby is born.

Surviving Postpartum Depression

I struggled with Postpartum Depression (or Perinatal Mood Disorder) from the time my daughter was 5 weeks old. At first, I wasn’t convinced that I had a real problem; I just thought that I was bad at being a mom and I needed to buck up and get used to it. Thankfully, my husband encouraged …

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When to End Breastfeeding?

When I was pregnant, I had lofty goals about exclusively breastfeeding. I was prepared for it to be difficult, but I had imagined that difficulty would mostly just be sore nipples. I wasn’t prepared to struggle with baby’s poor latch and low supply. I had also planned on cloth diapering, and let’s just say it’s …

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