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BEING A FATHER: REAL TIME

President Barack Obama said in his Father's Day speech in 2008, "What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child—it's the courage to raise one." You may have heard that being a good father means spending time with your children. But what does that mean? Is it just enough to be present in the home? Or what if you don't live with your childre...
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PRENATAL CARE

 You're pregnant, and you have a lot to consider. Car seats, baby's room, baby clothes, and what brand of diapers you want to use. But the most important consideration right now is how you can take the best care of yourself and your developing baby. Your first step is setting up your prenatal care. This lesson will discuss prenatal care, what ...
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QUALITY CHILD CARE

Choosing child care that is right for you and your child can be difficult. This lesson covers the possible problems to look for, what types of care are available, and the questions that should be asked at the facility. Also covered are the following topics: Defining What You Want, Family and Friends, Licensed Family Child Care Homes, Licensed Day-C...
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TODDLER SAFETY

Toddlers are busy little explorers who have lots of energy! They are fun but are INTO EVERYTHING! As parents, we cannot prevent every injury or mishap, but we can put some important preventative measures in place to help prevent serious, life-changing accidents. In this video we will look at ways you can keep your busy little toddler safe, and what...
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SMOKING, ALCOHOL, DRUGS & PREGNANCY

From the time you find out you're pregnant, you will want to give your baby the best start at life. However, unhealthy lifestyle choices and addictions can have a serious impact on the growth and development of your unborn baby. This impact can sometimes happen before you even know you're pregnant. It's hard to imagine how everything you put in you...
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Strong-Willed Child

Do you have a child who is a force to be reckoned with? Who won't take no for answer, won't be reasoned with, and won't do anything they don't want to do? If so, then you likely have a strong-willed child. Is this good? Is it bad? Can they be taught to comply and cooperate? We'll talk about all of this and how you can guide your child into becoming...
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Newborn Sickness

 Colds, the flu, stomach bugs, rashes, and other bacterial or viral infections. These are many of the illnesses parents face when raising children. How do you treat a fever, avoid dehydration, or cope with a nasty cold? Most illnesses can be treated at home. This video takes a look at the common potential illnesses an infant may get within the...
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Your First Trimester

 You're pregnant, and you're wondering, now what? There is a lot to know about pregnancy, your changing body, and your developing baby. So much happens in that first trimester! You will experience changes in your body, your emotions, and your lifestyle. Your baby also goes through a lot of growth, developing into the little person you soon wil...
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The Importance of Words

Your words are incredibly important to your child because you're incredibly important to your child! Unfortunately, it's hard to always say the right things! Words are POWERFUL and can build confidence and self-esteem, or in one heated moment, tear your child down. In this video, we'll show you how you can grow your toddler through the power of you...
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Bonding With Your Unborn Baby

First Trimester The first trimester is one of the busiest as all of the major organs and external structures are fashioned including, but not limited to the brain, the heart, the spine, the eyes, and the lungs. Involuntary movement begins at five to six weeks. A few weeks later, the four chambered heart is complete and beating like an adult's and h...
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YOUR ULTRASOUND APPOINTMENT

 One of the first exams your doctor will order after a positive pregnancy test is an ultrasound. An ultrasound exam will confirm the presence of an intrauterine pregnancy, determine gestational age and determine fetal cardiac activity. In other words, the exam will check if your baby is in your uterus, find out how long you have been pregnant,...
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CAR SEAT SAFETY

 Parents are responsible for keeping their children safe, including traveling safely with them. Car seat recommendations and laws change and vary by state. Add to that the stress of figuring out which car seat is right for your child and car, and how to install and use it correctly. It can feel overwhelming for a parent making these important ...
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SCREEN TIME AND YOU

 All technology comes with risks and all must be learned to be used in a balanced way that doesn't do harm. Our phones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles can improve our lives in incredible ways, but they can also steal precious time, disconnect us from each other, and even create health problems. When anything is used without boundaries...
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BEING A FATHER - THE TWO QUESTIONS

The First Question: Why Are You Here?Perhaps your father was a picture-perfect, wise, and loving man. Or he may have been abusive, cutting, critical, and harsh. Most likely, he was somewhere in between.Our experiences with fathers are so varied that we can't list all the possibilities, but each of us has had a father experience, even if it was his ...
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TODDLER ORAL HEALTH

The first teeth appear around the six-month mark, but it can take up to a year for the first teeth to come through. The average child has a complete set of twenty teeth by the time they reach three years old. Baby teeth have an extra special function. They act as place markers for adult teeth. Baby teeth help keep permanent teeth straight. Some chi...
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BREASTFEEDING

 What is Breastfeeding? Breastfeeding is when you feed your baby breast milk, usually directly from your breast. It's also called nursing. Making the decision to breastfeed is a personal matter. It's also one that's likely to draw opinions from friends and family. Many medical experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the...
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INFANT SUN PROTECTION: HOW TO KEEP YOUR BABY SAFE

 To keep your child safe outdoors, dermatologists recommend the following tips: Keep your baby in the shade. Shade is the best way to shield your baby from the sun, especially if he or she is younger than six months old. Keep your baby in the shade as much as possible, and if you can't find shade, create your own using an umbrella, canopy or t...
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PREGNANCY

Welcome to Crossroads parenting blog. We hope you find the information here helpful and will share it with your family and friends! Lets get started where it all begins...the pregnancy! Congratulations! You have been blessed! You might be a first-time mom and dad or a pro at the whole mom or dad role. Either way a baby is a wond...
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