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Slaying the Sleep Dragon: Sleep Training Tips for Your Child

Here are a doctor’s sleep training tips on how to get your child to sleep through the night Did you know that by 4 months of age, 80 percent of babies can be safely trained to sleep through the night? For older infants and toddlers, almost all can be trained. Evidence shows that sleep training […]

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What You Need to Know About Adoption

Every child deserves a safe and loving family. Heartbreakingly, here and around the world, situations arise when permanently staying with biological family isn’t a possibility for an infant or child. Adoption is an encompassing picture of hope, but we can’t ignore that it’s born out of the loss of a first family, whether the adoption […]

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Keeping Kids Active in the Winter Months

Baby it’s cold outside … now what do I do with my kids? As the cold weather approaches, do you start to hear these common words come out of your child’s mouth? “It’s too COOOLLLLDDDD to go outside!” or “I don’t have ANYTHING to dooooooo!” It can be tough to keep ourselves and our kids […]

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Choose Joy

Crayons. Everywhere. On the table, under the table, possibly a piece in her mouth. The resident toddler prefers them scattered everywhere. Perhaps that’s how she best creates.  A little voice at the side of my bed wakes me at 1:30 a.m. with a shakey “Mommy? I just threw up.” We stumble toward their bed to strip, […]

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A Thank You to the Other Woman in My Kids’ Lives

Here’s a confession: I am the jealous type. I’ve worked hard as an adult to stop comparing myself to others. To recognize that happiness and love are not finite resources. To delight when another’s light shines, secure in the understanding that theirs doesn’t diminish my own. That kind of heart work does not come easy, […]

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Bedtime: How Much Sleep Should Your Child Be Getting?

Bedtime – Help Your Child Get Their Best Rest Back to school schedules are in full gear as we settle in to new routines. As parents, you know how important sleep is to growth and development for healthy kids. Here are a few tips to help your child rest for success: What Happens When Your […]

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Why Kids Get Tummy Aches

“My tummy hurts” or “I have a tummy ache” are frequent complaints heard by parents.   Stomach and intestinal upset in children can be worrisome, but in the majority of cases parents can be assured their children are healthy. Mercy’s Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic has three pediatric gastroenterologists on staff to diagnosis and offer care options for pediatric […]

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Beat the Heat! Guide to Des Moines Area Pools

These scorching Iowa temperatures have thrust us into summer mode. If you’re heading to one of the Des Moines Area pools to cool off, here are some tips to give you that extra push into the deep end. Refuel If you’re staying for a long trip to the pool, pack waterproof sunscreen and snacks for break […]

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