Child Protective Services is supposed to protect vulnerable children when they are at risk of being put into foster care or when they are already in foster care. These kiddos enter foster care for a v...
Barbara Alvarez is a native of southern New Mexico (about 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border). As the mother of two grown sons, she is kept busy staying abreast of their activities and lives. Barbara just became a first-time grandmother ("nana" to a beautiful, spirited granddaughter). She has been a professional writer for eight years after earning her second university degree, a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications. She also holds a BSW in social work, earned in 1983.
Articles by Barbara Alvarez
When a woman finds out she's pregnant, she is usually excited and probably overjoyed. Her mind and heart focus mainly on having a healthy baby with whom she and her partner can bond with and love.
Let's face it. Labor is hard. For some women, it takes hours until the little one is finally born. Labor doesn't exactly "tickle." It hurts, like one million menstrual periods multiplied. While new mo...
Child pageants are still really popular. Love 'em or hate 'em, parents can't help but gasp in horror at some of the pictures of the little girls competing against each other.
Raising children is one of the messiest things a parent will ever do. From "poop explosions" to food in their hair, on the high chair tray and even all over the family pet, children are undeclared experts of messiness.
In past years, obstetricians, obstetric nurses, and labor and delivery wards wouldn't allow moms in labour to eat or drink anything.
From the sitter who drank all the breast milk pumped for one baby, to the nanny treating her charge harshly, hair-raising tales unfortunately abound. While infants and young children can be challengin...
Some women simply enjoy being pregnant. Others want to help those who can't become pregnant because of infertility issues.