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Are you a new mom feeling sad, tired or anxious? Here is a guide to help.

While many women experience the “baby blues” in the first two weeks after having a baby (worry, sadness and tiredness), these symptoms usually resolve on their own. However, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) can be more serious. According to the CDC, about 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of depression and 1 in 7 women experience symptoms of anxiety during or following pregnancy.

Lawnmower Safety

Five rules of lawnmower safety

Spring has sprung! We all know what that means…mowing season has arrived. You probably have the one crazy friend who loves to mow, but for most people it is a hot, sweaty and dirty task at the bottom of the “adulting” list. But when it comes to your kids, things can turn from dirty to dangerous.

Food allergies: are more kids allergic to food or are we just more aware?

From peanut-free school lunches to gluten-free birthday parties. If it seems like more and more kids have food allergies these days – you’re not alone in that thought. Most likely you’ve even had discussions with other parents about how food allergies weren’t an issue when you were growing up, and that everyone ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches “back in our day.”

hospital help

Embracing your village. How to help those with a child in the hospital.

Health care is an avoidance topic, plain and simple. No one wants to think about being sick or worse yet, having a child sick and in the hospital. But realistically, we know that every day thousands of people across the Kansas City area are spending their day in the hospital helping care for a loved one. Think about your own circle of friends. Even if it is a step removed, you probably know of someone right now who is facing a health challenge in their world.

ideas for teens in summer

Stressing about what to do with your teen this summer? Relax. We have a few ideas.

Summer is coming. You have a teen at home. Did your heart just start pounding a little faster? Don’t freak out. We at Parent-ish have compiled a whole list of ideas to help keep your teen busy this summer.

potty training help

Is potty training your #1 (and #2) priority? Here's what you need to know.

As a pediatric psychologist, I work with a lot of parents who are struggling with potty training. So many, in fact, that several of them have taken to calling me their “Poopcologist.” I should probably just go ahead and put it on my business card.

morning success with kids

Morning success: Tips to make it out the door on time

There is nothing worse than starting off the day on the wrong foot. Whether its missing shoes or arguing over the importance of brushing teeth, it can be challenging to get yourself and your kids out the door so that everyone gets to their relative location on time. As the saying goes: it takes a village. So we asked the employees at Children’s Mercy to share their best tips for morning success.

springtime allergies

Kids and springtime allergies:  6 mistakes you might be making

After a long and cold winter, spring is finally here. And now that the temperatures are warming up, it’s also time for that other season—the one that’s just a little less exciting: allergy season.

snowplow parenting

Are you guilty of snowplow parenting?

If you follow the news, you might have learned a new term in the past few weeks: “snowplow parenting.” You may have even looked in the mirror, gasped, and thought, “uh-oh...do I do that?”

tooth fairy flubs

Tooth Fairy Flubs

It's happened to all of us...that moment of panic when you realize the "Tooth Fairy" forgot to visit. You don't want your child to be disappointed, so how do you explain the mysterious emptiness under the pillow?