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Author: Christa Melnyk Hines

Christa Melnyk Hines is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in family communication issues.

The changing pregnant body may be one of Mother Nature’s more astonishing feats, but nothing grounds us like the aches and pains that tag along for the journey. Luckily, expectant mothers can address most pregnancy pain gently, safely and effectively. Why

Like many active 10-year-olds, Ava* is involved in competitive cheerleading, enjoys playing the flute in her school’s band and loves spending time with her group of a few close-knit friends. But daily life is a struggle for this fifth grader,

When Jessica Hahn, 26, was just nine years old, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. While chemotherapy attacked her cancer, the treatment bankrupted her bone marrow. Umbilical cord blood from a donor re-placed her dying marrow

"They must still be dating," my friend whispers to me. As we stand shivering at my son's soccer game, my brother-in-law and his fiancée cuddle together sharing a warm blanket and a chair. "No married couple would be that affectionate toward each

Parenting is hard. Parenting kids without a partner to help can be grueling. From finding the right support to setting realistic limits, you can feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Here's how: Tap emotional support. A positive support network is instrumental