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12 Calming Things to Tell Yourself (Before You Totally Lose It!)

Enough with the mom guilt. This is what you need to be telling yourself every day.

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5 Reasons Dads Are So Important to Their Daughters

“Daughters need great fathers. In fact, it would be nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the father-daughter relationship.”

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How to Make Virtual Calls Better for Little Kids

Here are a few bits of advice on how to turn the calls—whether on Zoom or Facetime—into a good experience for everyone.

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5 Tips for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

“I’m sharing my experience as a parent who, like his child, is on the autism spectrum—I did not learn this until after I became a father—and may help you navigate and make the journey more manageable.”

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I Have Officially Become the Mother I Used to Judge

Let me paint you a picture… Your friends decide its about time for a girls day out lunch. How fun! Of course, I am in! What a great idea! I will bring Samantha with a peanut butter sandwich and it…

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The 1 Thing Missing from Your Holiday To-Do List

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Around the holidays, you tend to look for ways to slow down a little and spend quality time connecting with your kids. Reading with your children is a fun, easy and truly special way to…

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Modeling Good Behavior Is Worth a Thousand Lectures

“As parents, we can give a thousand lectures to our kids on how to behave but these will never have as great an impact as the examples we set.”

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How to Successfully Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

Nervous about taking your little one to the dentist? With these 7 tips, you can help make your kid’s first visit to the tooth doctor an easy and quite possibly, an enjoyable one!

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What to Do When You Have a Dog and Are Having a Baby

Pets can bring a whole range of benefits to a growing child, and it’s most likely that your dog and your baby will develop a very deep bond, becoming each other’s guardian and best friend.

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2-Year-Olds Really Do Care about What People Think about Them, Science Says

Kids care about their reputations even before they start talking.

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I Saw a Meltdown, But I Overlooked Something Far More Important

“I failed to see your fear. I failed to see your anxiety. I failed to see all the signs that you needed me desperately.”

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Southwest Airlines: Please Leave Your Emotional Support Hamsters at Home

Southwest Airlines has made big changes to its emotional support animal policy.

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How I’m Learning to Embrace My New “Normal”

I’m done trying to be “normal.”

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I mean, what is “normal” anyway. I keep hearing this term, “the new normal” which brings me a sense of peace. I guess it’s just a fancy way of…

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Kids Start Caring about Reputations as Early as Kindergarten, Study Finds

“But words will never hurt me” couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Dear Fellow Passenger: You Are Not Entitled to a Silent Flight

Please don’t treat my kids like they don’t belong on your flight.

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What Is the “X Plan” & How Can It Help You & Your Teen?

One thing you quickly learn as a parent is that you can’t always be there to protect your teens. As they grow into independent young adults, teens need the freedom to explore and discover their world. It’s inevitable that they’ll…

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This Divorced Mom’s Stunning Gift to Her Daughter Shows Co-Parenting Done Right

This is a seriously thouhgtful and beautiful gift that challenges the stigma of divorce.

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How I Get My Son to Behave—By Playing Pretend

Sure, we get some odd stares from people (and a few cute smiles)—but we also get a lot done, too.

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To the Crazy Person Living Inside My Three-Year-Old

I love you no matter what, Crazy Person living inside my three-year-old.

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This Is What Happens When Your Elf on the Shelf Cancels Christmas

Check out this mom’s creative, Elf-themed way of getting her kids get in line.

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These 10 Reasons to Love the Holidays Are Just Too Real

Here’s why parents love this time of year. And yes, the Elf is on the list.

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8 Unique Alternatives to a Typical Thanksgiving Dinner

Looking to mix it up on turkey day this year? Check out these non-traditional events and venues!

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Britain Bans Ads With Mom and Dad Stereotypes

Commercials that perpetuate gender stereotypical roles will soon be no more.

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Kids Not Behaving? Psychologist Says Teaching Empathy Can Help

We all know kids misbehave sometimes, but here’s one way to get them to stop.

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How Biking Helps Me Raise Kind, Compassionate Kids

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When my husband and I decided to have children, we sat down to generate a list of parenting goals. At the very top of our list was to raise kind people. Of course I want my…

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The 5 Real Stages of Accepting Your Kid’s YouTube Ambitions

When my first born turned six years old, he was introduced to the intriguing and regrettably addictive world of Minecraft. Inevitably, my kid declared that he too was going to grow up and become a YouTuber, just like his idol.

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4 Tried & True Tips to Become a Rockstar Single Dad

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Single dads often get a bum rap. Remember these four guidelines to make it look easy!
1. YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR. BEHAVE ACCORDINGLY.

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Repeat after me: “I AM. A ROCKSTAR.” No, not that…

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What to Say to Your Kid When You Fnd Out They are Being Bullied

It is terrible to find out that your kid is being bullied at school. What is even more terrible is to remain unaware about it. The chances for the second option are pretty high, since children, especially teenagers, rarely tell…

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Save That Breastmilk: Science Has Debunked the Pumping & Dumping Myth

Scientific evidence says there’s no good reason to pump and dump. Read on to find out how you can safely drink and pump or nurse instead.

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Why It’s Not Healthy For Me To Have A Clean House

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When I was single my house was clean.
When I got married and it was just my husband, myself, and our dog, my house was clean. I could clean my house once every two weeks and for the…

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10 Things I Wish my Kids Would Resolve to do in 2017

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My children are funny and smart and I love them to little bits. But they’re also maddening, exhausting and, I’m pretty sure, plotting to drive me crazy.
Now that it’s the start of another year, I’ve vowed to…

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The Kind Of Mother I Thought I Would Be

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I should start at the beginning. When I was younger, I never wanted to have kids. My dream was to be a nun and live by myself in a house on the beach. And on…

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The Unbelievable, Ever-Present, Renewable, and Often Overlooked Resource

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There is this super-cool thing out there. It’s called the undying, neverending love for your children. It’s seriously, absolutely, undeniably amazing.
Regardless of waking up in a bad mood, getting out on the wrong side of the bed, and…

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She Learned It From Me

I have always hated the game Simon Says. For those of you unfamiliar with this frustrating activity, let me break it down for you. It’s a childhood game where someone stands before you and a group of people pretending to…

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Nanoo, Nanoo: How to Turn Your Child into an Alien

Sometimes our kids can seem out of this world. Make them even a little stranger for UFO day.

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