“Pick Me Up!” The Proper Way to Lift Your Kids (And Everything Else)

When it comes to properly lifting your toddler, take a cue from your toddler's excellent lifting technique. Photo by © Minamoto/Stocksy United

When it comes to correct form for lifting heavy (or even no-so-heavy) loads, consider following the lead of someone who often is the load: your toddler. “Toddlers naturally lift properly, by keeping their backs straight as they squat and then lifting straight up using their legs,” says KinderCare Education’s Director of Safety Stephanie Kuntz. Take

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Turns Out, Chicken Soup is Good for Your Soul!

Photo by © Lauri Patterson

Mothers throughout history have turned to chicken soup to help everything from the winter sniffles to a broken heart with good reason: It’s the ultimate healthy comfort food and it’s so easy to make at home. While no research has proven conclusively that chicken soup actually cures the common cold, according to the National Institutes of Health, “some researchers suggest that

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Homemade Baby Food: Create a Good Eater for Life

Baby gourmet: Make your own baby food, and the flavors combos are (nearly) endless.

Jarred baby food may win on grab-and-go convenience, but many parents enjoy making their own baby food. By making it yourself, you can control the source of your ingredients and develop your baby’s palate for a wider variety of foods. Plus, shop smart, and you can save on cost. How do you know if your baby is

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Get Your Groove On with a Superstar Dance Party

Cut a rug! Get the most out of those impromptu dance parties at home.

By Anna Sachse My house has seen some epic family dance parties. Born from rainy-day boredom and, admittedly, my desire to whittle away some baby weight, it quickly became clear that our boogie fests were here to stay.  I highly recommend them. This is generally what dance parties look like for us: The 4-year-old strips

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Must. Drink. Now: Real Hot Cocoa, 5 Ways

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Nothing puts the exclamation point on a cozy night in like a cup of hot cocoa. It’s the perfect sipper for reading stories by the fire or cuddling up with your little cutie on the couch. Sure, the packaged mixes are easy (just dump it in a cup and voilà!). But the made-from-scratch versions of

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