Monthly Archive: May 2013

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. As the sun started to set on Sunday and the kids were settling down for the evening, I started thinking about family and traditions. While we often make our own dairy-free oatmeal sugar cookies, we do have what I call our “quick mix-fix” brand that is free of the top eight allergens and, frankly, absolutely delicious. You just add dairy-free margarine and your choice of milk, and in a few minutes, voila! You have a safe, mouth-watering treat that even my mother-in-law finds delicious! So as the summer approaches and you have visitors who are in need of a quick, safe alternative to your regular go-to treat, just pop this in the oven and you will be a hit!

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Dr. Robert A. Wood, the chief pediatric allergist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, tells a food allergy group that they still don’t know why food allergies are more common now than they were 20 years ago, but that specific nutritional factors may be at play. For example, folate excess is more prevalent now than it was 20 years ago, because we started supplementing the diets of pregnant women with folate, Dr. Wood says during the Food Allergy Research & Education conference session.

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Discovering food allergies and obstructive sleep apnea in my son when he was younger gave me a crash course in motherhood. I quickly learned how to manage both and be my child’s best advocate. Here are five key ways you can be your child’s too: 1) Trust your gut; 2) Get help and support; 3) Educate yourself and others; 4) Speak up, don’t be shy; and 5) Breathe. Trusting your instincts is by far the best piece of advice I could offer to any first-time parent. When my oldest child was a baby, he often woke up every 45 minutes–literally. Lots of things would get him back to sleep at night, but he often woke up within the hour.

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Cultivating a love of music in our children when they are young is important for so many reasons. It not only lays the foundation for learning how to play instruments, but also can create a soothing environment and influence brain activity. When my son was younger, we were lucky to find Beth Frook, the director of Little Hands. Beth has such a wonderful way with children–and their parents!–that makes even the most timid want to jump up and sing. While families are running around in so many different directions these days, good old playtime gets lost in the shuffle. It’s only appropriate that “Miss Beth” is the subject of my first interview. I hope I’m able to capture what I love about her and give you tips for instilling a love of music in your children as well.

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Welcome to Mothernova, a parenting website created by a journalist-mama with two energetic kiddos, a constantly curious mind, and a long list of questions about food allergies, vaccines, breastfeeding, creative play, and several other hot-button parenting issues. When my first child was born over four years ago, I came face-to-face with food allergies and sleep apnea. I truly got a crash course in motherhood and quickly learned how to be my child’s best advocate. I love interviewing, researching, and really getting to the bottom of things. In this spirit, Mothernova will deliver practical tips, special interviews, feature reports, and short blasts of information from those “in the know” straight to you!

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