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Relationships: When Your Mother-in-Law's Comments Hurt

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What to do when your mother-in-law's critical comments about your parenting are hurtful and frustrating? A local psychologist and our readers weigh in with advice.... Read full article

Get to Know Your Child's Imaginary Friends

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You might be aggravated – or amused – by your child's imaginary friends. But researchers say these "playmates" help kids sort through feelings, socialize, understand others and more. Here's how to understand the invisible pals in your child's life.... Read full article

The Last One – Why a Child's "Lasts" are Sneakier and More Poignant Than the "Firsts"

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Longtime humor columnist Carol Band has penned her last "A Household Word" column for the Boston Parents Paper. As she prepares to move on to new stages in her life, read her take on parenting "lasts" and why they're much trickier than "firsts.... Read full article

A Father's Uplifting Take on Raising Teens

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A new book by author Tom Sturges offers a refreshing and upbeat take on raising teens, and offers parents strategies for dealing with the sudden shut down in communication that inevitably occurs. ... Read full article

New Warnings About the Sun and Tanning

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Despite years of warnings about the sun, tanning beds and skin cancer, Americans continue to stay outside too long without enough sunscreen, and many adolescents and adults are using tanning beds. Here's an updated look at a continuing problem.... Read full article

Local Doctor Helps Parents Understand Their Babies

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Kevin Nugent, Ph.D, director of the Brazelton Institute at Children's Hospital, Boston, has become an expert in interpreting the language of babies. He has written a new book to help parents decode and understand the behavior of their infants.... Read full article

Parenting Gold: 20 Award-Winning Products That Bring Out Your Parenting Best

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Our 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards for Parenting Resources feature books, gear, web sites and more to make your parenting lives easier. Here, we list the 20 gold-winning products. For all of this year's winners, visit NAPPAawards.com. ... Read full article

Relationships: When a Spouse's Gifts Miss the Mark

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"Relationships" is a column that explores our interactions with our kids, our spouses or partners, our parents or in-laws, and others. Here, a woman asks how to get her husband to give more inspiring holiday or birthday gifts.... Read full article

A Pediatric Intern at Boston's Children's Hospital Pens New Book

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Meghan MacLean Weir, M.D., author of Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency, talks about her time spent at Children's Hospital in Boston .... Read full article

Concussions: Recovery is More Than Sitting Out a Game

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New state regulations aimed at better protecting child athletes from the dangers of concussions focus on educating adults on how to recognize a concussion and on how long a child might need to recover, physically and cognitively.... Read full article

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