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Dads of preemies suffer from depression, too

We know that postpartum depression is a serious condition that affects mothers and their babies. In recent years, hospitals and healthcare providers have increased screenings, outreach and awareness about postpartum depression—in hopes of helping more families through the emotional weeks, months and years following the birth of a baby. New...
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7 times Gabrielle Union + Dwyane Wade were #parentgoals

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have been graciously candid about their parenting style in recent years. Their daughter, Zaya, came out as trans last year, and both Union and Wade have been wholly supportive of her and who she is every step of the way. They've also talked openly about being a Black family in America, and the lessons they want to instill in their kids and others about bigotry and racism.
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7 outdoor projectors to create the ultimate backyard movie night

Family movie night to the next level? An outdoor movie projector allows you to watch films under the stars in your own backyard. We all spend so much time outside during the summer, so why not hang out at night, too? There are so many ways to create a really awesome backyard movie night, and the first most important (and obvious) step is buying a movie projector.
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Want to keep sand out of your car? Try this beach hack

Ah yes, it's time for summer! Bring on the sunny days, the picnic lunches, and a million memories made on beach days. Undoubtedly, visiting the beach all summer long is one of the best parts of this time of the year. The only downside to all those beach days? The...
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To the mama embracing her grays: You're not alone

Natural grays and silvers may not be for everyone, but for the moms who are embracing the transition, a new dawn has arrived. The COVID-19 pandemic forced salons across the globe to close up shop, and many women didn't get to keep their dye appointments, adding to the ever-growing number of those who have come to accept and cherish their natural hair color.
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17 books by BIPOC authors you need to read now

When Netflix isn't cutting it, or your eyes are crying out for a screen break, or you're in need of a beach companion, books are always there. They've been a haven of inclusivity for characters (and authors) from all walks of life, and they allow us to learn about different cultures that may be new to us and see outlooks from other perspectives. We can learn a lot from a good read, and we have BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) authors to thank for the experience.
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Watch men become fathers in our emotional *grab the tissues* Father's Day tribute

The birthing experience is transformative in so many ways. When baby arrives—in an instant—your life changes forever. In honor of Father's Day, we are celebrating the men who became parents alongside us. In collaboration with a talented roster of birth photographers and incredible parents, we've created a video of intimate moments during the birthing process. You might say this is the ultimate tribute to dads. As we capture the emotions of men during the birthing process, we are witness to the pivotal moments that changed their lives for the better.
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James Van Der Beek reminds parents to focus on being 'present in the moment'

Parents are always thinking two (sometimes 10) steps ahead of the game. Whether it's planning dinner or planning your children's college education, we're always thinking about the future. In his latest Instagram post, James Van Der Beek acknowledges how easy it is to get lost in the "What ifs" and the worries about who they're going to be and what they're going to do, and if we're doing a good enough job preparing them for the world.
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5 of the best subscription boxes to keep your kids learning all summer

During the summer, it can be challenging to find ways to keep your kids entertained and learning without having to add more to your already busy schedule. As a mom of three with one on the way, I'm always on the hunt for educational and exciting activities for my kids that involve minimal prep work. Don't get me wrong—I love a good Pinterest craft. But they usually require supplies I don't have on hand and extra time for preparation and setup.
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How to keep your kids interested in learning this summer

Once the weather warms up, the last day of school and the start of summer break are at the forefront of kids' minds. They want to focus on having fun and forget about school, which can lead to the dreaded "summer slide"—a loss of learning skills over the break. That's why it's vital to find educational but fun activities that will keep kids off their screens and keep them invested in learning.
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Best summer sensory activities for babies + toddlers

The benefits of sensory play for babies and toddlers are numerous. An important part of early childhood development, sensory play encourages brain and language development, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive growth and social interaction, to name a few. Babies and toddlers use their senses (touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing) to explore and try to make sense of the world around them, and getting outside in the summertime is a great way to help your little one make new discoveries while getting some fresh air at the same time.
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75 Cancer zodiac baby names for June + July babies

The tides are turning as we say goodbye to Gemini season and swim into Cancer season from June 21 to July 22. The fourth sign in the zodiac, Cancers are one with the sea and moon (their ruler is the moon and element is water). Those with birthdays during this time are described as tenacious, imaginative, extremely loyal and sympathetic, and they're known for having a big heart.
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9 podcasts that are perfect for your family road trip this summer

Packing up for a family road trip this summer? Listening to a family-friendly podcast is a great way to keep the kids entertained and compromise when it comes to technology in the car. Podcasts have come a long way since their inception, and you can find something to listen to on just about every topic imaginable--including tons of educational, thought-provoking and creative content for kids. If you're looking for something between total silence due to your kids on headphones watching a screen and Kidz Bop on repeat (and I happen to love Kidz Bop in small doses), you've come to the right place.
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4 parenting lessons I learned from my awesome dad

My dad, Bill, is an interesting character. He's a Wisconsonian who wears a cowboy hat as his signature look, he celebrated the anniversary of a nearly-catastrophic fall off of a roof by making Mr. Bill cookies ("Oh no!"), and one time when I was helping him clean up his apartment, I found a stack of printed-out recipes that seemed normal until, toward the bottom, I found build instructions for a taser. When I asked him why he wanted to build a taser, he innocently explained that he was trying to find a way to make a car run on water.
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Working dads still struggle with taking paternity leave

[Editor's note: While this article is about fathers in heterosexual relationships, we extrapolate that the positive impacts described are consistent among same-sex and gender non-conforming relationships. This is based on research showing that children have similar outcomes no matter the gender of the parents raising them. Unfortunately, at this time there is a lack of research on non-traditional family structures—but things are changing, and we support the continuation of efforts that support all families.