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June 2020

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Happy family swimming together in a pool

7 ways to keep pools safe this summer

Summer is here! For me, it felt like summer would never come this year after such a cold winter, and the start of stay-at-home orders. But now, some city pools are opening and lakes and all types of fun water activities are an option!

Woman holding baby

Babysitters tell all

“So when he goes to sleep, do I sit in his room and watch him?” – my daughter, asking questions before her first babysitting job. My daughter had her first babysitting job at age 11. She watched a first-grade boy for an hour then helped him get to bed. Then she sat and watched TV until the parents came home. During this first “trial” babysitting job, the parents were next door at a neighborhood party.

Dad and grandpa smiling while holding newborn

Dads in the labor and delivery room

Giving birth began exactly how I always imagined it to be: Rushing to the hospital in the early morning hours, pushed in a wheelchair by my husband and feeling painful contractions that left me breathless. As instructed, we checked into the emergency department before heading up to the labor and delivery unit.

Frustrated mom holding child

How to avoid parenting burnout

Recent months have changed all our lives dramatically. For parents, we are balancing all the same roles in new ways and have added some new ones into our daily lives. Trying to balance our home lives while teaching our children, being productive at work and having limited social interactions adds significantly to our daily stress. To complicate matters, it is difficult to find time alone. We are surrounded by the people we love, but sometimes we all need time to be by ourselves.