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  • How to parent anxious kids

    9 things every parent with an anxious child should try

    As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, "I don't want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don't make me go." You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning routine explodes into a daunting challenge.

  • Puppy friends (Photo: Courtesy of Mikkel Becker)

    Can dogs have best friends?

    The strong bonds that dogs can form are undeniable.

  • Angry cat (Photo: Thinkstock)

    10 things your pet won’t tell you

    Think you know your pet’s every unspoken wish? Think again. Your pet is unlikely to be capable of communicating her wants and needs in ways you might assume she would. Even those of you most in touch with your pets' feelings are likely missing a few cues here and there.

  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (Photo: Thinkstock)

    10 dog breeds that love and hate the water

    The Chesapeake Bay Retriever made both our readers' and veterinary professionals' lists of breeds that love the water.

  • 7 signs your dog owns you

    7 signs your dog owns you

    You might proudly call yourself a dog owner, pet parent or canine guardian, but let’s be real: Your dog owns you. You might be laughing now, but think about it — you've surrendered the best seat on the sofa to him, you plan your entire weekend around his trips to the dog park, and you take him to the groomer more often than you get your own hair cut. And let's not forget who's in every photo on your Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sound familiar? We thought so. But in case you still think you're in charge, here are seven classic signs that your dog is the one calling the shots.

  • 9 unusual dog breeds

    9 unusual dog breeds the vet is seeing more of

    One of the best things about being a veterinarian is all the different dogs I get to meet. Of course, I love the Labs and Beagles and Boxers and Poodles, not to mention those crazy Canine Cocktails, or what my parents used to call Heinz 57s. They are among the more popular dogs out there, and I see a lot of them. In fact, it used to be that it was rare to see anything else. Here are nine dog breeds I sometimes see now that I didn’t see in the past.

  • What your daughter should know by age 10

    10 things your daughter should know by the time she is 10

    Learning these 10 things is a good base with which to begin the tough preteen and teen years. Helping our children maneuver life is our jobs as parents, even if we haven't quite figured it all out ourselves yet.

  • Nick Onken(Nick Onken)

    15 colleges with the best food, dorms, & more!

    Is your teen about to attend one of these top-ranking schools?

  • Woman on iPhone (Photo: Jennifer Hicks)

    Dear mom on the iPhone: You're doing fine

    We've all seen her... But should we judge her?

  • Boulder Valley School District

    Cool cafeterias: The new wave of school lunch

    Gone are the days of mystery meat and the crabby, hairnet-wearing lunch lady. Across the nation, school lunchrooms are getting a face-lift and a menu makeover. From picked-from-the-garden veggies to fresh-caught fish tacos, students are experiencing the gourmet treatment. Here's a sample of the most innovative (and delicious) lunch programs we uncovered — bet your school lunch never tasted this good!

  • College dorm decor

    Dorm sweet dorm: 13 fabulous college room finds

    In a few short weeks you'll be dropping your child off at college, where they'll spend the next four years learning, laughing, and probably partying. Of course, in true teen fashion, your child has already started shopping for their dorm room essentials. Don't panic just yet!

  • Healthy snacks for kids

    Snack attack: Eat this, not that for a healthier snack time

    When tots burst through the door after a busy day at school, the first order of business is securing a snack.

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