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    With summer comes the fear of water. It's a parent's fear, as we know that most kids love pools and lakes and the ocean. They love it so much that they have no fear of it, making the water a luring place that kids dare to sneak into when no one is looking. As parents, we all have moments when we aren't looking -- it's hard not to. But that's precisely when accidents happen.

    Two-year-old Drances was with his aunt Cynthia Conner at their Cleveland home. Conner was speaking with police officers in the front yard because of an earlier incident when a car damaged the fence around the home. Drances managed to sneak off and into the above-ground pool. He was found in the pool, lifeless and purple. The rescue was caught on an officer's body camera. It's terrifying to watch, but serves as a good reminder of what can happen in seconds. 

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    Fitness guru Jillian Michaels has made a household name for herself over the last 10 years by training contestants towards their weight-loss goals on NBC's The Biggest Loser, but she recently decided to walk away from the hit show. The 40-year-old mom of two doesn't have any bad blood with the show, and wants fans to know she hasn't gotten too big for her britches.

    "I don't want fans to think I feel like I'm too big for the show or that I'm seeking greener pastures. I'm so grateful to the show and so sad to leave," she said. However, she also mentioned "some fundamental differences [with Loser's producers] that have existed for a while." Namely, the way she has increasingly been portrayed in recent seasons, and how that image has been affecting her young family.

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    It's midnight, you have a sobbing toddler in the grips of some serious teething pain in your arms, and you can't figure out the right dose of pain relief medicine for your kiddo. Feeling desperate? You're not alone.

    A new study of calls to poison control has revealed some 10,000 come in every year over liquid medication dosage errors. Turns out parents are unwittingly overdosing their own kids on common medications.

    A LOT of parents.

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    Nothing can prepare you for the day your daughter tells you she doesn’t love you. Since before she was born, I did everything I could to avoid this day. I gave her a beautiful name, breastfed her, and continue to give her all of the love, attention, and cuddles she desires.

    I thought maybe some day (maybe when she’s 14 or 15), we’d get into a tiff. And she’d get so angry with me because I wouldn’t let her pierce her naval. 

    “It’s my body!” she’d scream at me with tears in her eyes. She’d turn on her heels and run to her room feeling defeated and full of anger.

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    Summer after summer, we can't seem to avoid the very same series of horror stories in the news about children being left to bake in hot cars. Well, one father of three -- his kids aged 4, 7, and 14 -- from Raleigh, North Carolina, was recently compelled to take action in light of these nonstop tragedies. Taking to YouTube, Terry Bartley posted a clip of himself sweating in his hot car with the windows rolled up. He said the temperature outside was up to 90 degrees, and there's no mistake what that kind of contained heat can do to the body.

    Bartley has far surpassed his initial aim to get people sharing and talking about his video and raise awareness: His now viral video has reached over 1.2 million views!

    Check it out ...

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    A story out of the Philippines making the rounds today is a gut-twister for any mom. Mourners didn't know what to believe when a 3-year-old "woke up" during her own funeral in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. The little girl had been pronounced dead at 9 a.m. on Friday and was set to be buried at 1 p.m. on Saturday. But apparently, just after a priest was preparing to administer the last sacrament, someone noticed the toddler move -- and open her eyes.

    What's more, they felt the child's pulse. Of course, the shocked father's reaction was to pick his daughter up and hold her close. Someone captured the emotional moment on video. Warning: The clip is most definitely of a disturbing, sensitive nature.

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    We hear often enough that it takes a village to raise a child. But some people seem to take that a little too literally. Take the supermarket cashier who slapped a customer's 4-year-old son for throwing a bag on the ground.

    Mom Selina Johnson sounded off about the incident on social media. Her complaints seem to have lost the cashier -- a woman in her 50s -- her job on the checkout line. And they've opened up a debate about unruly kids in public ... and who has the right to discipline them.

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    How I become loyal to a business has changed since becoming a mom. Sure, I have my favorite places to eat and shop with and without kids. My 3-year-old and 18-month-old have their favorites too, but they aren't always the same as my picks. Or, for the same reasons.

    My kids love going where they can run around and eat ice cream. I like going where I don't feel like we're being constantly eyeballed by employees and customers alike. My absolute favorite places to go, especially when venturing out solo with both kids, are places that compliment my children.

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    As parents, you will do anything to make your baby stop crying. Maybe you'll put them in the car and drive around the neighborhood endlessly in the middle of the night. You might even gently sing them their favorite lullaby as you rock them peacefully. Or you might blast some hardcore Nine Inch Nails songs to soothe the baby.

    At least that's what Gary Kennedy did to calm his crying toddler. The little girl may have been wildly sobbing, but as soon as "Copy of A" comes on, she's happily dancing and smiling. Check it out:

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    Understatement of the year alert: Traveling with a toddler is a much different experience than traveling alone. For one, there's the whole "You're not really going to relax" thing. And then there's the packing.

    To the naked eye (read: the childless person), packing for a child may seem like an easy task. They're so small, after all. What could they possibly require? Their clothes are so tiny. How much space could they possibly take up? But when you sit down and begin the dreaded task of getting all the stuff your little one needs together for a trip, it hits you: Man, this sucks!

    Ever gone away with your kid? Then you can probably relate. Here are the 12 stages moms go through when packing for their toddlers. 

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