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Things I forgot about living with 2-year-olds

Oh, how I’d forgotten. It’s been years since my nieces and nephew were toddlers. But I’d somehow forgotten what it was like to be around a human being who is somewhere between 24 and 36 months of age. Oh sure, I’ve witnessed the occasional meltdown in the middle of Target. I ...

Minding Our Elders: Millennial caregiver overwhelmed with family obligations

Dear Carol: I’m not yet 30 and struggling with family caregiving. I work an entry-level job that barely pays my rent and student loan payment. I love my mom and grandma, but I hadn’t expected this responsibility so soon. Mom was taking care of Grandma, who’s had dementia for years, but ...

Know what to say when postpartum depression hits a loved one

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories. Add Serena Williams to the list. The 23-time Grand Slam champion playing in the U.S. Open took to ...

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms

Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a big study found. Their babies fared better, too. The results overturn the longtime view that ...

Homegrown hollywood: Maybe I’m enough, even if I’m overwhelmed

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. I suppose it makes sense considering I’m growing another human inside me. As I like to tell my husband, Jason, he’d be tired too if he was working 60 hours a week while also making an eyeball. With an actual human baby on the way and so much to ...

Kid leaving for college? Hands off their bedroom, for now

If your child is just off to college and you've been dreaming of all the ways you could use that suddenly lifeless bedroom, you may want to put down the paintbrush and hold off for a bit on plans for a major room transformation. It's an emotional time all around, and experts advise against ...

When should kids start helping in the kitchen? Now is good.

As the author of family-oriented cookbooks, I am often asked these two questions: "When is a good time to have your kids start helping in the kitchen?" Answer: Now! And, "Which tasks can kids do at what ages?" Answer: Depends on your kid. Some 7-year-olds are ready to use a sharp knife, ...

Kindness is Contagious: Noticing others is first step to kindness

There is something to be said about being in the right place at the right time. It feels fortuitous, almost like someone is watching out for us or that our interactions are predetermined. But instead of hoping to be in the right place at the right time, I long to be more aware of my ...

Minding Our Elders: Caregivers benefit from hospice education ahead of need

Dear Carol: My dad is in a good assisted living facility (ALF). He’s 96, and other than congestive heart failure, he’s in fair health for his age. He has a good attitude overall. Dad was having physical therapy for knee problems but now refuses it. I feel that at his age he can do what he ...

Old tractor was more than a ‘thing’

POST MILLS, Vt. — We are advised to avoid getting attached to things. It’s good advice, but some things become more than objects. Think about collectors of vintage cars. Or book lovers. I get that one. I have shelves of books; dozens have attained the status, “keep no matter what.” ...

Rocket City, Alabama: Space history and an eye on the future

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The birthplace of NASA's rockets lies in the land of cotton, hundreds of miles from Cape Canaveral's launch pads. From the first U.S. satellites and astronauts, to the Apollo moon shots, to the space shuttles and now NASA's still-in-development Space Launch System, ...

Keeping families together on the plane without going broke

Little has changed in the two years since Congress prodded airlines to seat children 13 and younger next to an adult family member at no extra cost. The reason: The Trump administration has declined to draft new rules detailing how airlines should apply the new law. That means that kids, in ...

How to plan a debt-free vacation

Whether you're planning a trip to a country across the globe or packing the car for a weekend road trip to a local campground, you can have a debt-free vacation with some careful planning. It's easy to see how a vacation can blow up even the most carefully planned budget: In NerdWallet's 2018 ...

Protect birds by reining in cats

Although some cat owners still let their pets roam free, the felines are a leading cause of bird mortality, and bird and cat proponents agree that both species are safer if cats are reined in. The good news is that cat owners are, increasingly, keeping their felines enclosed. "The cat realm ...

‘Touch the sun’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will ...

From Reese Witherspoon to SJP, the rise of celeb book clubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon remembers a summer a few years back when it seemed everybody was reading "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. "Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we read ...

How to reduce plastic, foil and other kitchen disposables

Disposables have become a mainstay of many American kitchens — plastic baggies, plastic wrap, paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic straws and more. Reducing or even eliminating them can save you money in addition to cutting down on trash that ends up in landfills. "It's easy to be ...

Kindness is Contagious: Talents increase everyone’s joy

I went to a conference earlier this month that was basically a two-day party for people who love kindness. Every night, a few folks would stand up and share a five-minute story about their favorite acts of kindness. I wish I would have had the foresight to record their messages. I would have ...

Meat is a food choice, separating political fiction over scientific fact

In July, WeWork, a New York-based company valued at $20 million, announced it will no longer allow its 6,000 global employees to expense meat at meals or pay for any red meat, poultry or pork at WeWork events. In an email memo to employees, co-founder Miguel McKelvey said, “New research ...

Minding Our Elders: Medications can be undetected cause of personality changes

Dear Carol: My husband has been diagnosed with a slow-growing type of leukemia that is well controlled by medication. He takes several medications for other health problems, too, but he’s doing well physically considering the issues. He’s never been easy to get along with because he knows ...