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Parenting

As a parent, you quickly realize that your bundle of joy also is a bundle of responsibility. Suddenly, you’re looking for reliable information on everything from diapers to driver’s education. Parenting covers a lot of ground, and Mayo Clinic Health System has experts in many fields that offer information and perspectives on raising great kids.

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Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/19/2019
6-8 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
11/20/2019
9-11 a.m.

Breastfeeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/21/2019
6-9 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/21/2019
12:30-2:30 p.m.

New Mom and Baby Group

Support Groups

La Crosse, WI
11/21/2019
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
12/05/2019
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
12/11/2019
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
12/14/2019
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
12/16/2019
6-7:30 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
01/02/2020
​6-8 p.m.

Breastfeeding

Prenatal & Parenting

Menomonie, WI
01/06/2020
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
01/06/2020
7-9 p.m.

From The Blog

Tips to help parents prepare kids for the flu shot

With cold and flu season here, a local health care expert has some helpful updates and reminders for parents to be aware of, especially with the holidays approaching.

Jennifer Marr DNP By Jennifer Marr November 13, 2019

5 tips for reducing screen time

These days, screens are a part of everyone’s life. With growing evidence showing the negative impacts of screen time on health, your family can improve their health by slimming screen time with these five tips.

Margaret Bach NP By Margaret Bach May 24, 2019

What's your family's digital diet plan?

The average teenager spends approximately nine hours per day looking at a screen, while younger children often spend up to six hours a day engaging with a screen. Technology has changed the way we live, interact and communicate — all of which has significant health consequences.

Adam Anderson Ph.D. By Adam Anderson April 30, 2019

5 ways slimming screen time is good for your health

Have you ever considered how much time you or your family members spend on a screen? Too much time can become a problem. Learn 5 reasons that slimming your screen time is good for your health.

April 26, 2019

Fostering resiliency in kids

Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?

Anita Vlcek, L.P.C. By Anita Vlcek March 25, 2019

Parenting a child, teen with ADHD

Parenting a child or teen with ADHD can be difficult. However, behavioral parent training — a technique that uses positive reinforcement — can help.

Janice Schreier MSW By Janice Schreier September 24, 2018

Back to school: Tips to help students adjust

With fall just around the corner, back-to-school season is quickly approaching. This can be an exciting time as it’s one step closer to graduation, college or joining the workforce. It’s also a time for new beginnings.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf August 7, 2018

Q&A: Constipation in children

Constipation can cause issues with bowel movements in as many as 30 percent of children. It’s a common concern for many parents. Most often, constipation affects preschool-age children but can also occur in older children.

Jennifer Marr DNP By Jennifer Marr May 1, 2018

Should I use antibiotics or home remedies to treat my child's illness?

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics.

Tiffany Casper DO By Tiffany Casper December 5, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: I just had a baby — what's wrong with my moods?

Having a baby is one of the most important, joyful, exciting and tumultuous times in a woman's life. Just as a joyfully anticipated pregnancy can still have its ups and downs, so too can the birth of a new baby.

November 14, 2017

How you can enjoy the empty nest

Sending children off to college or into the real world is usually a proud time for parents. But there also can be sadness, especially when it's the last child to leave home.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso October 31, 2017

The W-Curve theory: What you should know to help your college freshman

Freshman year of college is known for being full of new experiences, but it also presents a variety of challenges. The W-Curve is an emotional pattern that most incoming students find themselves falling into throughout their first year in college.

September 6, 2017