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Naming notes

Some classic foreign and ethnic names have been butchered to make them easier to spell… the only problem is, a lot of people know how to spell them the right way, so you might be just adding to the confusion. Sometimes, these re-spelled names can look like blunders. Examples: Cloey (Chloë), Shivon (Siobhan), Chelsy (Chelsea), Shaymus (Seamus).

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Ideas and inspiration

If you're experiencing a lot of lower back pain, try a rice sock instead of a heating pad. You can make your own -- here's how!

Take a brand new men's (long) tube sock and fill it with two pounds of uncooked rice. Tie it closed and microwave it for two minutes, then use it as you would a heating pad.

For a more detailed version of rice sock instructions, see this post on the P&B blog -- and for more help with back pain, check out these articles:


Looking ahead

What is attachment parenting? Attachment parenting (AP) is a highly adaptable nurturing style being adopted by modern families who are interested in growing a secure and healthy bond of trust and physical closeness with their children. Popularized by best-selling pediatrician and father of eight, Dr William Sears, attachment parenting embraces gentle, commonsensical, cross-cultural, and time-tested parenting practices.

Attachment parenting

The attachment parenting philosophy is that you yourself -- in partnership with your child -- are the real "parenting experts" when it comes to your own family.

While you will likely find that AP practices are in many ways quite different from much of the childcare guidance you may have read or heard previously, you will also discover that they are increasingly supported by a growing body of solid scientific research, as well as by recommendations from specialists in a wide variety of disciplines related to family life. Click here for more details!

Read more about attachment parenting, and check out our AP message board!


Prenatal depression?

A study reported in the British Medical Journal sends out a powerful message to doctors and midwives: new mothers should be screened for the warning signs of depression long before delivery day.

While postpartum depression tends to attract the lion's share of attention, the researchers involved in this study determined that women are far more likely to be depressed during pregnancy than after giving birth. While 13.4 percent of women who were 32 weeks pregnant showed symptoms of depression, just 9.1 percent of women with eight-week-old babies exhibited those same symptoms. Click here for risk the factors, and more information on prenatal depression.

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