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Coming Together to Support Premature Babies in the UK

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Every year across the U.K., more than 95,000 babies require care within specialist neonatal units. That stunning statistic from Bliss, a U.K.-based charity that aims to give premature and sick babies the best chance of survival and quality of life, combined with an inspiring personal story from Good Morning Britain’s weather presenter Laura Tobin, caused Hallmark Greetings and Bliss to jump at the chance to work together to create a collection of cards with families like Tobin’s in mind.

You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers to Be a Parent

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Gina Francis was still in college when she decided to become a foster parent. She soon got a phone call asking if Mireya, 4, and Christopher, 2, could come stay with her. The siblings had been living in separate foster homes for a year. "I didn’t know how to be a parent. These children didn’t really know how to be siblings. They had been through so much," Gina recalls. "I was young but determined." Mireya and Christopher were only supposed to stay with Gina for two months. Nine years later, they are now an adoptive family of three, living in Illinois.

Childcare Critical to Military Families

By William French
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“If you close tomorrow because of the snow, I won’t be able to go to work.”

“I haven’t had a single break since my husband deployed.”

“I missed another appointment because I didn’t have anyone to watch the kids.”

At the Armed Services YMCA we have heard these and many other examples of why childcare is so important. It can especially make a huge difference in the lives of our young military families. We offer many programs designed to help meet the challenges of military life, but few are as needed as childcare.

How to Respond to Tragic Events with Compassionate Parenting

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This post is by Kathy Saulitis, senior vice president of external affairs at generationOn, Points of Light’s youth service division.

MetLife Named One of America's Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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November 14, 2014 /3BL Media/ - For the seventh consecutive year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has named MetLife to its 2014 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. MetLife is among the 100 companies in the U.S. recognized for its employee adoption benefits.

Must Reads: Apple Gets Family-friendly, Facebook for Kids?, Best Devices for School, Kids React to Internet of the ’90s

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To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.

This week: Apple Gets Family-friendly, Facebook for Kids?, Best Devices for School, Kids React to Internet of the 90′s

Read more at the Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids and Families Blog.

The List: 4 Sustainability Lessons My Mom Taught Me, and 4 Things I’m Teaching My Kids

Here are four sustainability lessons I learned from the most important teacher of all.
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I’ve gotten a lot of things from my mom: my love for trolling antique markets for treasures, an affinity for navy-blue clothing, and the best-ever recipe for caramel spice cake. But even at a time when protecting the environment wasn’t at the forefront of everyone’s mind, my mom taught me many habits and lessons about sustainability that still stick with me today. And her teachings have, in turn, made me think more carefully about the lessons I want to teach my own children.

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