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Children's Health & Parenting


Adoption

2201 Members
  • Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. Adoption results in the severing of the parental responsibilities and rights of the biological par...

Breastfeeding

861 Members
  • Breastfeeding is the process of a woman feeding an infant or young child with milk from her breasts. Babies have a sucking reflex that enables them to suck and swallow milk. Also important in the process is an effe...

Bullying

985 Members
Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others, through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. Bullying can be defined in many different ways. Although the ...

Child Support & Custody

1823 Members
  • Child custody and guardianship are legal terms which are sometimes used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions for ...

Empty Nests

724 Members
Empty nest syndrome is a general feeling of depression and loneliness that parents/other guardian relatives feel when one or more of their children leave home. While more common in women, it can happen to both sexes. The marriage ...

Foster Care

443 Members
Foster care is a system by which a certified, stand-in "parent(s)" cares for minor children or young peoples who have been removed from their birth parents or other custodial adults by state authority. Responsibility for the yo...

Gay Parenting

542 Members
Gay parenting has been an important issue over the past few years. Over 34% of lesbian mothers have at least one child residing in their home and 22% of gay men have at least one child living with them. Together there are 6 to 10 ...

Home Schooling

203 Members
This community is dedicated to parents, educators, and students involved with home schooling. Home schooling - also called home education or home school - is the education of children at home, typically by parents or guardians, r...

Military Families

1631 Members
Today's military family faces a lifestyle that is comprised of frequent deployments, which results in increased family separations. This often proves to be a stressful challenge for military families. This community is dedicated t...

Parenting 'Tweens (9-12)

1262 Members
Preteen is a person between nine and twelve (but this age could sometimes extend up to the age of 15) before that person becomes a teenager. It is a relatively recent term used to describe a distinct period in life in which childr...

Parenting Big Kids (5-8)

1605 Members
This community is focused on the joys, challenges and frustrations faced by parents of 5 to 8 year olds. The major areas of child development include: Physical development - Concerning the physical growth and the development of...

Parenting Newborns & Infants (0-1)

2094 Members
This community is focused on the joys, challenges and frustrations faced by parents of infants (0 - 12 months). The major areas of child development during this time period include: Physical development - Concerning the physica...

Parenting Preschoolers (3-5)

1921 Members
This community is focused on the joys, challenges and frustrations faced by parents of 3 to 5 year olds. The major areas of child development include: Physical development - Concerning the physical growth and the development of...

Parenting Teenagers (12-18)

2265 Members
  • Adolescence is the period of psychological and social transition between childhood and adulthood (gender-specific, manhood, or womanhood). Someone in Adolescence is called a Teenager. As a transitional stage of hum...

Parenting Toddlers (1-3)

2489 Members
This community is focused on the joys, challenges and concerns faced by parents of toddlers (1 to 3 year olds). The major areas of child development include: Physical development - Concerning the physical growth and the develop...

Post Partum Depression

685 Members
Postpartum depression (also postnatal depression) is a form of major depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, after childbirth. It is widely considered to be treatable. Studies report prevalence rates from 5% to...

Pregnancy

4897 Members
  • Pregnancy is defined as beginning when the developing embryo becomes implanted into the endometrial lining of a woman's uterus. In some cases where complications may have arisen, the fertilized egg might implant it...

Pregnancy - Teens

1116 Members
This community is dedicated to the experience of being pregnant, specifically as a teenager. Pregnant teenagers face many of the same obstetrics issues as women in their 20s and 30s. However, there are additional medical concerns ...

Pregnancy After Loss/Infertility

1853 Members
Pregnancy always presents challenges, but for those who have struggled to get pregnant or have lost a previous child, a new pregnancy brings additional stress. This community is dedicated to those who have lost a previous pregnanc...

Single Dads

476 Members
This community is dedicated to fathers who are going through the parenting process alone or without the support of a spouse. Single parenthood may occur as the result of many things. Often it is opted for by the parent (as in divo...

Single Parenting

2844 Members
A single parent is a parent with one or more children, who is not living with the child[ren]'s other parent. The legal definition of single parenthood may vary according to local laws of nations or provinces. Single parenthood may...

Twins, Triplets & More

1125 Members
  • A multiple birth occurs where more than one fetus exits the womb in a single pregnancy. Different names for multiple birth are used, depending on the actual multiple. Common multiples are two and three, known as tw...
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