The most helpful things you can do for a friend with a sick child

I just found out that a friend of mine recently received the devastating news that her weeks old baby has contracted a serious illness and now the family is looking at months of hospitalization. I want to give my support and help out in any way I can.

For anyone who has lived through the experience of having a child with an extended illness, what are some of the things that you found the most helpful or appreciated the most?

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What NOT to do when your friends have a newborn

In the first couple of weeks after giving birth, I found myself showered with food, presents, and presence. But it was really after the six weeks passed that I found myself quite alone — people weren't visiting anymore, but it was still hard for me to get out with a newborn. This is the best time to be there for your friend. But here are some of my major don'ts, that you could help manage if you're there!

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Why I'm just not into babies (and I've got one!)

I am blessed to have a beautiful, healthy 18 month old daughter whom I love to the ends of the earth, and I show her a lot of love and affection. But I'm just not into being a mum with a baby. Any other parents feel a similarly? I'd love to hear from those who may understand where I'm coming from.

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What's the etiquette on taking a baby to an all ages show?

The types of show I'm used to attending are generally held in much smaller indoor venues, like bars and church basements. So far as the kid is concerned, as long as he's riding in the baby carrier with ear muffs on, I think he'll do just fine. I'm more worried that we'd be crossing some social line with the other concert goers…

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9 tips for getting pets and babies to live together harmoniously

Six months after adopting Molly-Gator, a new baby herself, we were pregnant and realizing that my refusal to part with my animals was an anomaly among new parents, and relinquishing one's pets was part and partial to the nesting process. So, if you are a pet owner and expecting a child, fear not! It can work. Don't let pressures from friends, family, or the man on the street tell you any different. There are just some things you must keep in mind…