DFW Moms

We don't do the beach the easy way. We drive too long, then walk too far, lugging way too much stuff. The way Eisenhower stormed vital sand, so do we.

Planned Parenthood is now making house calls.

Fall is here and it's truly a beautiful time of the year. If you live in an area where the air is turning cool and the leaves are crisp and changing colors, it's even more amazing. Summer is now over, school is in full swing, football games are plentiful and kids are starting to anticipate Halloween. Fall offers a full range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy - the options are really limitless. Here are 10 of our favorite ones to share with you. So this weekend, get your family outside to enjoy this special time!

Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she's also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of "Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy."

Monsters under the bed, scary things in the closet and nightmares are often things that plague even the less sensitive of children. Classed as a normal part of child development, you may find that they also occur just before a growth spurt or another developmental milestone. They can also be brought on by our child's over-active, over-stimulated imagination, which is often caused by changes in routine, movies, theme parks, new friends, late nights, extra sugar or stresses from a new environment. The result is a cycle of nightmares, fears and not wanting to go to bed, or be alone. Following are some tips based around your child's dominant sense, that can help alleviate some of the symptoms.

Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names? You betcha. First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.

As summer wraps up and your family dives into the school year, family meals can be a great way to reconnect with one another. This week, go on a HONEY-moon with loved ones through making some recipes, both sweet and savory, inspired by National Honey Month. In the scope of a balanced diet featuring foods from all five food groups, using honey is a great way to add flavor to dishes naturally.

Although many kids trotted back into classrooms last month, September is still considered prime season for buying kids' school apparel. For many parents, though, back-to-school shopping for children's clothes can be a costly, harried ritual. Kids want cool stuff, but Mom or Dad can't � or won't � foot the bill for pricey new duds.

I wasn't sure how I would go on as I stood over my son's bed in the emergency room. These are the mad thoughts that can consume a parent when forced to imagine the unimaginable, think the unthinkable.

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