Family and Relationships

10 Ways to Stay Sane Before, During and After Surgery

Posted by: Aimee Ketterer   |   Tuesday, November 29, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Growing up in the ‘70s, one of my favorite TV shows was Sanford & Son. To me it was hilarious when Fred was having a “Big One,” clutching his heart and telling his dear-departed wife, Elizabeth, he was coming to join her. Fast-forward more years than I care to admit and I have learned that heart conditions are no laughing matter. Several weeks ago my husband underwent open-heart surgery ... although his surgery was not the result of a “Big One,” it was the biggest thing we’ve faced.

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iPad Apps For Kids, Security Tips for Parents

Posted by: Abby Butts   |   Saturday, November 12, 2011   |   Back to Blog

I'm not the only one who loves the iPad, my 7-year old stepson loves it too. We have found many free, educational (or just plain fun), Daulton-approved apps that we can enjoy together. And I've discovered some helpful ways to childproof your device’s security settings.

So whether you are considering an iPad as a holiday gift, or your family already has one, here are my tips for helping your kids (and whole family) enjoy it even more:

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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Halloween

Posted by: Martha Rardin   |   Thursday, October 20, 2011   |   Back to Blog

It’s Halloween time! Little ghosts, goblins and princesses are gearing up for a night of fun and surprises. So I thought I would give some tips for parents of the little darlings as well as the “old geezers” like myself that are handing out treats. Here's to a happy and healthy Halloween for everyone!

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Halloween Candy – It’s the Trick, Not the Treat

Posted by: Becky Wardzala   |   Wednesday, October 12, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Halloween is literally monster-size these days. Come August each year, every retail store has tons of things for you to purchase – party decorations, home décor, pumpkins, costumes, candy and more. More candy, that is … to the tune of 598 million pounds each year!

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Saved by The Calendar

Posted by: Abby Butts   |   Tuesday, September 13, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Ask anyone what keeps their family healthy and happy, and you will get a variety of answers. For my family and me, it’s a calendar. Maintaining a calendar with every date and appointment listed has become absolutely essential. I wish I could say I realized the value of the family calendar from day one, but like most life experiences, I learned it the hard way. We had gotten to the point where we were tired of being late, stressed out, and feeling unprepared that we had to make a change. Here is how I keep us organized and on track: 

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Ain't Too Proud to Pump: A Breastfeeding Chronicle

Posted by: Laura Shumaker   |   Friday, August 19, 2011   |   Back to Blog

When I was pregnant, I wanted to breastfeed but knew I was returning to work. Pumping allowed me to supply milk for my baby while we were apart. Even if you stay home, there are many times you’ll need to pump and/or store breastmilk. I returned to work after 6 weeks of maternity leave and exclusively breastfeed my son until 15 months while working full-time. At times it was tough, but it was worth it! As a “proud pumper”, here are my tips to help you on your breastfeeding journey ...

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Peer Pressure Can Be A Good Thing

Posted by: Lori Wildman   |   Tuesday, August 9, 2011   |   Back to Blog

One of my tasks at Hendricks Regional Health is to write e-newsletters that are sent out to the community. I try to tailor them to the seasons and holidays. For example, a recent issue of Healthy Kids features an article on the importance of wearing helmets when bicycling, roller blading or skateboarding. It got me thinking about the potential problems our kids could avoid if we parents could stick together as a united front. Confused?

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Parent's Checklist for Carsickness Prevention

Posted by: Becky Wardzala   |   Thursday, July 7, 2011   |   Back to Blog

Summer is in full swing, and many of us are planning fun, relaxing days with family under clear blue skies. Then I remember the getting there. Because many of those fun summer activities require a car ride. And a car ride often results in carsickness. Carsickness is caused when there is a discrepancy between what you see and what you feel. The visual of the still inside of the car confuses your brain because the body knows it is actually moving. In the end, you feel sick.

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Tips for Finding Success in Breastfeeding

Posted by: Laura Shumaker   |   Tuesday, July 5, 2011   |   Back to Blog

If you’re considering breastfeeding or are already nursing, I’m here to encourage you! And don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing either, you can breastfeed part-time too. There are many ways to work, travel, and play while managing milk-making and nursing. I loved nursing my son and was able to for over a year. Stellar support was my key to success. Whatever your breastfeeding goal may be, here are some tips to help:

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6 Tips for Having a Baby on a Budget

Posted by: Laura Shumaker   |   Friday, June 3, 2011   |   Back to Blog

If you’ve got a bun in the oven but are low on dough, you’ve come to the right post! Our family is getting out of debt so I had to plan and budget appropriately when we were expecting our bambino. Here are my six tried-and-true tips to keep you from breaking the bank with your bundle of joy:

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