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When my second child was born, my 4-year-old daughter couldn't wait to take on her role as big sister. We had talked during the pregnancy about all the things she could do once her brother arrived, and she was ready to go. Becoming the oldest child in the house is a huge step. It's natural for the first child to feel some jealousy, angst and sadness when a new brother or sister enters the household. Here's how to make the experience a positive one for your older child while fostering sibling bonds and continued family harmony. Read the full story at WNC Parent.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for baby's first six months. That's because mother's milk is the best thing for your baby, and it's good for mothers as well. Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, nutrients and antibodies for healthy babies. Breast-fed children tend to get sick less often and have fewer allergies, diabetes, ear infections, asthma, eczema or other problems. Read the full article at the Asheville Citizen-Times.  

Your baby will spend a lot of time in his crib, and it's important to make sure it's a safe sleep environment.  Crib dangers include entrapment, suffocation, strangulation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This information should be shared with anyone who cares for your baby, including grandparents, family, friends and babysitters. Read the full story at The Biltmore Beacon.  

Summer days are nearing their end and back-to-school errands are at the top of many parents' "to do" list. As we prepare our kids and teens for school (or squeeze in a last vacation of the season), it's a good time to review general eye safety and recommended eye protection for upcoming fall sports and recreational activities. Read the full story by Dr. Alice Bashinsky here.  

Biennial Faces of Hope Gala Raises Over Half a Million in Funds for Mission Children’s Hospital

Faces of HopeASHEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2014) – Mission Foundation today announced that the biennial Faces of Hope charity gala raised more than $575,000 for Mission Children’s Hospital.

 

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