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Tis the Season to Conceive

We are in full swing for the holiday season. With Thanksgiving under our belt next up is getting out that Christmas tree, sending out those holiday cards, checking off our gift giving list and conceiving. Yup, you heard right, the holiday season is statistically the most popular time to conceive.

Data journalist Matt Stiles compiled stats from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S Social Security Administration from the years 1994 and 2014. What Stiles concluded from his investigation is the most common American birthdays fall on September 9, 19 and 12. He also concluded that 9 out of the 10 most popular birthdays fall in the month of September.

So if mid-September is the most popular time to give birth in the United States and we count backward and do our math right that means the child was conceived during the holiday season. So why is that? More Americans take time off from their jobs and spend it at home with their loved ones between Thanksgiving and Christmas. While it’s notorious for being a bustling time that can be stressful for most a large part of Americans find it to be the perfect time to reconnect with their mate.

On the flip side, the holiday season isn’t a popular time to give birth. According to Stiles research Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day are the least popular days to welcome your newborn. That’s due to the likelihood that  OB-GYN’s aren’t going to schedule a C-section on the major holidays unless medically necessary of course.

Who says the holidays are a stressful time filled with family dynamics, long distance travels and deadlines to meet? So remember to take some time out for your partner and enjoy a cup of eggnog together. Because according to hard fact data, that kiss under the mistletoe really does work.  ‘Tis the season to conceive as it were.  

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Are There More Kids in the Cards for Chip and Joanna Gaines?

Is there another baby in the future for the Chip and Joanna Gaines brood? If it’s up to Chip he would love to have a sixth child.

Chip, 43, spoke to People explaining that he’s concerned about the big age gap between his eldest children 13-year-old Drake, 11-year-old Ella, 9-year-old Duke, and 8-year-old Emmie. Chip is worried that his youngest child Crew won’t have a partner in crime growing up like his other children.

“I think we have to have another one because I’m particular about the only child thing. Crew needs a sister to manage this whole thing out,” Chip told People. “Don’t be surprised if No. 6 is in the cards!”

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First game day for baby Crew 🏈 #sicem

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Joanna Gaines, 40, isn’t as sure as Chip is about adding another member to their family. Joanna admits that her most recent pregnancy wasn’t so easy now that she’s in her forties. In a recent issue of their magazine, Magnolia Journal she revealed. “I have always really enjoyed being pregnant—I tend to feel my best during those nine months. This time I felt a little more worn out than usual.”

But that doesn’t mean the Fixer Upper alum isn’t ruling out another baby. In a previous interview with People, she said, “I joke with my friends that I’m going to be that 45-year-old who’s pregnant.”

Joanna has also said that she and Chip have always taken life day by day and their not big planners. Crew was a surprise and they believe that life brings you surprises and blessings when you least expect it. They are going to continue with the same attitude when it comes to adding another child. If it’s meant to be it will happen when it’s supposed to.

“That’s what I love about life,” Joanna tells People. “It’s these surprises, and at first you sit there and go, ‘How does that fit?’ And now that it’s all happened I can’t imagine life any other way. I’ve never been so happy.”

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Halloween Candy – How Much is Too Much?

Should You Let Your Child Regulate Their Halloween Candy?

Halloween is just around the corner. A lot of last minute details for parents to finish up before the big night. Making sure your kid’s costume is in tack, the pumpkins are carved and you’re stocked up for your neighborhood trick-or-treaters. But the underlying stress that occurs with most parents during this spooky time is the sugary candy your kids come home with ready to devour.

How much is too much Halloween candy for your kiddo? And should you allow your child to decide how much he or she should eat?

Emily Fonnesbeck a registered dietitian says yes, “The goal is to trust them to trust themselves. It’s very normal for them to eat more than necessary on Halloween night and maybe even the day after.”

As shocking as that sounds Fonnesbeck recommends that you allow your unicorn or Spiderman to indulge in the evening’s bucket of candy they bring home and into the day after. A mother herself she goes a step further and encourages parents to incorporate their children’s Halloween candy in their meals and snack times days following Halloween.

“Parents can use a flexible structure where they have set meal and snack times, and candy can be a part of those if the kids request it,” she says.

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It’s almost time to make one of the biggest decisions of the year…what candy to hand out for Halloween! 🍭. Ive managed not to buy any yet, you know, that first batch that gets eaten BEFORE Halloween! 🍬. Everyone has their favorites – (KitKats, Skittles, Sweetarts, Twizzlers for me!) And their most hated – (mine- BitoHoney, those generic hard candies, or that one homemade popcorn ball 🤢) ~Fun fact: the number of trick or treaters fluctuates year to year here. One year we had tons, the next only 3. I underbought candy the year after only having a handful of kids – we were desperate so we handed out Top Ramen noodle packs and the kids thought it was hilarious and awesome. 🍜. ~The ritual of sorting through the candy after trick or treating was almost as fun as dressing up and going ~ so I hope you take your candy choices seriously~ 😜🍫🎃. . . . #candy #halloween #halloweencandy #halloween2018 #halloweentime #halloweentreats #trickortreat #trickortreating #candies #october31 #fun #retro #nostalgia #nostalgic #halloweenvibes #halloweenfun #halloweenlover #besthalloweencandy #candyland #candychoices

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This kind of approach is noted as the Division of Responsibility in Feeding developed by nutritionist and author Ellyn Satter. The belief is that its part of a parent’s responsibility to put trust in their child and allow him or her to make his or her own food choices and how much.

Fonnesbeck states that micromanaging your kiddos bucket full of candy could backfire on you. She encourages the parents to have a ‘you decide’ yourself approach with food altogether. According to Fonnesbeck, your child needs to learn on his own good versus bad food choices even if an upset stomach is a consequence.

She also encourages to take a neutral approach when talking about food especially candy as certain vocabulary can give if too much power.

“If we make candy a big deal, it will be a big deal,” she says. “If we talk about it like any other food, it’s more likely that kids will be able to self-regulate their food choices to include a wide variety of foods instead of feeling preoccupied, worried or shameful for food choices.”

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Being a Mother of Three Causes the Most Stress

Survey Says Being a Mother of Three Causing the Most Stress for Mothers

If you’re a mother of three you probably can relate that “three” is the magic word for stress. New celeb parents of three Prince William and Kate Middleton along with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West joined the three kid club this year and probably found out pretty quickly their stress level jumped a great deal.

But the question is why? Why are three children any more stressful for mothers than two or say four?

Today Parents conducted a survey of more than 7000 U.S. mothers in 2013 and the results came back that mothers of three are far more stressed than mothers of one and two while mothers of four or more stress levels are actually lower. Some refer to it as the Duggar effect when you reach a certain amount of kids mothers are forced to not micromanage as much and their stress levels actually decrease.

The big question is what is stressing mothers out so much? Besides raising kind and well-rounded children mothers are often stressed about money, balancing home life with work life and their husbands. A lot of women feel like their husband is like having another child in the house but just bigger.

But the big underlying stress for mothers comes within. 75 percent of mothers in the survey say they are their hardest critic and put massive amounts of pressure on themselves. Mothers today are striving for perfection driven from judgment they get from other mothers.

“Scary Mommy” creator and author of “Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)” Jill Smokler has three kids herself and agrees it’s the most stressful number.

“Going from one to two was an easy, breezy transition. Two to three, everything was turned upside down. I did not feel like I had it together…just crossing the street and not being able to physically hold all their hands I found tremendously stressful.”

Mothers today are putting their kids before themselves more than ever. Forget your favorite hobby before you had kids or that book you used to read before going to bed. Now you’re reading your children’s favorite pick and you’re lucky if you even got a daily shower in.

Dr. Janet Taylor a psychiatrist in New York says mom stress is something she hears about daily in her practice. Taylor is a mother of four and agrees with the survey

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