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No Kids Allowed

If you’ve followed Raise Them Well for a while, you may have noticed that we enjoy time away from our kids.  We love those little boys to pieces, but experience and wisdom from generations before us proves that it’s really important to spend time away from them.  In addition to an (almost) weekly date night, we do our best to get away for a weekend once per quarter.    I know that might sound frivolous or impossible for many, but it’s incredibly important. Our ultimate goal as parents is to be out of a job in about 18 to 20...

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He Needs to Change!!

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He Needs to Change!!

I’m going to take a break from my normal Doctor posts and talk about something that I think is very important for raising healthy kids and that has to do with having a healthy marriage. Now I’m going to first turn the microscope back on myself and admit that I still have a long ways to go but have been making progress in this area. It really has to do with the ability to change.  I think, as men, this is one of the most difficult things to do….to change. I’m not sure why it seems so difficult for men,...

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10 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Go Gluten-Free

10 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Go Gluten-Free

In 2013, the atmosphere of our family changed in the blink of an eye.  Our daughter, Joy, was diagnosed with Autism at three years old and as a mom, I felt helpless.   Experiencing grief, shock and the weight of her future on my shoulders, I began searching for natural ways to help her manage her symptoms; including hand-flapping, hair pulling, tantrums and extreme aggression. I quickly found the GFCF diet (Gluten-Free Casein-Free) diet as a source of hope for children on the spectrum. Scouring the Internet, I came across countless stories of families who adjusted the diet of their...

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Why "Raise Them Well"?

Why "Raise Them Well"?

Last Summer I was newly pregnant with baby Hutch and we were relaxing in the hammock at the beach house during Adler's nap time. We were dreaming as we often do. We love to dream. Actually Wiggy is the dreamer and I'm the doer. Well. We are both doers, but he dreams bigger and I am more practical. I was complaining about sunscreen. "Gosh- this natural sunscreen stinks. The stuff I make myself is so much better and it's so easy even for Moms like me who aren't into DIY". I saw his wheels spinning. We spent the next hour...

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Is Commercial Bug Spray REALLY safe?

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Is Commercial Bug Spray REALLY safe?

By Wiggy Saunders MD Walk into any big box store this time of year and you are sure to quickly run into a giant rack of bug sprays.  Most claim safety for all ages and many are branded "family" products.  They look fine and some don't smell all that "chemical" laden so we consider them safe for ourselves and our kids... BUT... I'm here to tell you that there are some important things to be aware of before you start spraying. Are Those Ingredients REALLY SAFE? Let's take a closer look at the primary ingredients in most bug sprays: 1....

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