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Mothers more engaged during active play with their infant children do a better job protecting them from obesity. What’s more, nurturing mothers also can help buffer their offspring from entering abusive relationships once they reach their teens. These are the findings of two new University at Buffalo studies that will capture international attention in coming weeks. …

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New and soon-to-be parents can learn more about having a baby at the fourth annual Babies & Bumps event next weekend. The fun, educational event connects visitors with local resources and brands that cater to parents with a baby, or one on the way. The event – which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amh…

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Attorney Carol Heckman once clerked for a federal justice and worked as magistrate judge. These days, when she isn’t practicing government investigations, arbitration and federal Indian law, she helps her life partner run an equestrian business. Brigid Maloney was an assistant county attorney and served as general counsel for UBMD – a large group medical practice – befo…

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The Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center will host its third annual Diaper Drive to help families who can use a lift when it comes to their young kids. One in three caregivers experience diaper needs for their children, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, and because they are considered a hygiene item, diapers aren’t covered through government progra…

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Dr. Sara K. Berkelhamer, a neonatologist, expressed disappointment with the recent news that a U.S. delegation tried to water down an international call to encourage more breastfeeding. She did so both professionally and personally. Berkelhamer – attending physician for neonatology and medical director of respiratory therapy at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital – ga…

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Amy Schule understands the challenges that can come with kids and summer. More places to drop off and retrieve children, often at less convenient times. Messier homes to clean. More worries about how sons and daughters are spending time while parents are at work. "My husband and I feel like we've had two families: our poor older kids, who we were a mess with, and the…

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Nanette Pohle often finds the greatest meaning in foster parenting when it's time to give babies back to authorities so they can be returned to parents, who've addressed their troubling circumstances. Many of these babies were born addicted to drugs. They're irritable, clingy, and comforted only by the swaddling of Pohle, her husband Kevin, and their two daughters, Gret…

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) will offer a series of free, intensive parenting programs through the rest of this year with help from a grant received from the Peter C. Cornell Trust through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The sessions are interactive, engaging and led by a trained facilitator. Group discussions, which are confidential, focus on a…

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) recently received two grants that will allow the organization to expand its programs and help more families through parenting education. The J.M. McDonald Foundation, based in Colorado, awarded EPIC $10,000 and the Peter C. Cornell Trust, through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, gave $19,126 to allow EPIC to fund more…

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I’ve always loved fall. Everything about it. It’s no longer the beginning of the school year, and it’s not quite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday. (Regardless of what the big-box stores seem to think.) Fall is that time between where things are kind of chill; where you’re not exactly running around like a mad-person. Not all the time, anyway. I feel like fall…

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Valentino Shine Jr. was a senior at Medaille College when his oldest son was born. He remembers taking him to some of his classes a decade ago, but knows a decision he made when both his sons were 3 years old has been key to their early academic success. He and his wife, Tasia, enrolled Valentino III, now 10, and Jackson, 6, in the Parent-Child Home Program. The family …

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Summer can be a fun, exciting and care-free time for kiddos. And, unfortunately, it's winding down quickly. It'll be back to the books for kids shortly and that means it's transition time. My sweet Emma is heading off to kindergarten and I am a wreck wondering how she will go from this beautiful summer of sleeping in and hanging out, to a rigid schedule of reading, writing…

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It is an amazing, rewarding honor to raise children, but it's also challenging, frustrating, hard work. There are countless parenting books - I've read many of them - that give you advice, guidance and tips for making things easier. For raising nice children. Happier children. Healthier children. They tell you how to bathe, feed, discipline and educate your children. …

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When my kids ask me who my favorite child is - and they ask often - I always maintain the same stance. I do not have a favorite. I love them all the same. Exactly. I remember my older girls counting pictures on our walls, after we had Emma, to see who was in more. It’s a true story. Thank goodness, miraculously, there was an even amount for each child. Whew. Same with Chri…

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Can't you feel it? The warm air on your skin. The sun beating down on your face. The smell of flowers. Birds singing. Frogs croaking. OK, you get it. I have spring fever - big time - and my kids do, too. So, now that spring is officially here (despite lingering snow on the ground), we have some fun must-dos. Treat our animal friends. We love this. We take a string,…