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Mama Madison: Tips and tricks for baby air travel

All in all, things could be worse

As far as places to embark on Baby's First Air Travel go, Dane County Regional Airport is a pretty sound choice, especially at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. My biggest fear was that my nine-month-old son would start screaming in the airport; my second biggest fear was that my son would start screaming and some of my former Epic colleagues would be around to hear it.

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Mama Madison: Apple-picking time
A visit to the farm can mean more than produce in the fridge
The recent shift in the weather is just another sign that autumn is fast approaching. That means one of my favorite activities is just around the corner -- apple picking. My husband and I have been picking apples every fall since before our kids were born. >More

Mama Madison: Baby feeding recommendations
Biting off more than I (or they) can chew
I have a lot of questions about what to put on my eight-month-olds' plates -- and, if I'm honest, a deep and abiding fear of putting the wrong thing there. Did I start them on solid foods at the right time? What's the deal with baby-led weaning -- how much self-feeding should they be doing? At what age should I give them potential allergens like shellfish or nut products? >More

Heartland Farm Sanctuary helps animals that help kids
The Verona-based nonprofit changes the lives of children through animal-assisted therapy
Lily the potbellied pig arrived at Heartland Farm Sanctuary blind, lethargic and too overweight to walk. The children of Heartland's summer day camp program took it upon themselves to put the curl back in her tail. >More

Mama Madison: Back-to-school confidences
Supporting grade schoolers in what can be a scary time
Is it just me or does each summer seem to go by quicker than the last? The end of summer is upon us and for many families this means the start of a new school year. >More

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