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Blaming versus Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

What does attribution style have to do with parenting? A lot more than you realize.

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Learning the Difference between Expectations & Reality

“I’ve learned that some friends will disappear, that family will be your best support system, and that you will have good days, and you will have very difficult days—many more than you want.”

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Helping Our Children Cope with Crazy

“Our home renovation has given my husband and me the opportunity to show our children that something good and lovely can come out of chaos.”

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Are You Going through the Motions or Living Your Life?

“At some point, I lost a bit of myself along the way of raising my children. I let go of my passions and only focused on what made my children happy. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even know it.”

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In Search of Alone Time

“In an attempt to find some alone time, I realized that I am blessed to never feel alone, even when one set of footprints, my own, trails behind in the snow.”

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Etsy Released Their 2020 Back-to-School Guide

You know you want it all (because, same).

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6 Toddler Milestones to Get Excited About

Toddler milestones are no less exciting than baby’s first smile and tooth. Here are 6 biggies to celebrate!

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4 Ways to Get Your Daughter to Stop Saying “I’m Fine” (When She Isn’t)

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I hear “I’m fine” a lot throughout my days. If you are a parent of a pre-teen girl, I am sure that you do too!
“How are you?”
“I’m fine.”

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“Do you want…

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New Eric Carle Magnatile Story Sets Encourage STEAM Education

These sets help build your child’s story telling skills and encourage creative thought.

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How to Turn a “To-Do” List Into a Teachable Moment

Who knew a parent’s much-regarded ‘to-do’ list could hold so many teachable moments for kids?

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Falling in Love with Emma

Life, you’ll find, is a great adventure with a great mix of a whole lot of everything. You’ll know pain and elation, boredom and excitement. You’ll mourn and you’ll find hope. But hold tight onto your hope—it’ll help you endure until it’s time again to enjoy.

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A Love Letter to Moms

It is hard being the sun and rain and night and day for these little ones, but remember to honor and love yourself as much as you do your children.

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Will Meghan Markle Have a Home Birth? She Wouldn’t Be the First Royal

While recent royal births have been in posh hospital delivery suites, the Duchess of Sussex’s plan isn’t exactly out of the ordinary.

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Moms, Honor Yourself for Everything You Are

“Do you remember a time in your life when you refused to be pushed aside? That doesn’t have to go away just because you have children.”

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Does THC from Marijuana Pass through Breast Milk? What Moms Need to Know

THC—the chemical that gets users “high” from marijuana—can be detected in breast milk, a new study has found.

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Rescued Thai Soccer Team Says “Thank You” to the World in Sweet Video Message

This video also shows just how quickly the 12 rescued boys are recovering, too.

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Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week: February 25, 2018

Parenting keeps us laughing and this week we needed a few. Here’s this week’s funny parenting tweets from your favorite parenting hashtags.

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These Kids Competing in #EverydayOlympics Totally Win Gold

What, no “competitive napping” category?

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Disney’s New Streaming Service Could Put Netflix Family on Notice

Disney’s new streaming service has a very promising future.

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​Parenting Is Not “One Size Fits All”

Here are the two most important parenting lessons I can share with other parents.

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4 Ways to Ditch Your Halloween Candy

When I was a kid, Halloween was a one day event. But for my own kids, the candy extravaganza stretches over a full week. They have school parties, neighborhood parties, Halloween carnivals, trunk-or-treats, and the Trick-or-Treating itself. It is, frankly,…

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All the Best Survival Tips for New (Overwhelmed) Moms

I’ve never been more informed about anything than I was about being pregnant. I read all the books, listened to all the podcasts, knew exactly what fruit the size of my baby was, and literally had stacks of index cards…

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Drama Overload? 5 Talking Tips for Tweens

Photo Credit: J.K. Califf
“Mom, Marcy isn’t talking to me,” my 12-year-old daughter sadly exclaimed the other night.
My stomach tumbled a little. Who wants their child to experience drama or conflict, even though we know it’s an inevitable part…

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Target’s New Store Designs Will Make Shopping With Kids Much Easier

photo: Mike Mozart via Flickr
For all the moms who have gone to Target with their toddlers with the intention to grab some paper towels and bananas, only to emerge five hours later with ten bags full of who knows…

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Daily Challenges оf Being a Blended Fаmily

What is a blended family?

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5 Things Adults Should Re-Learn from Kids

1. Laugh…a lot! Children giggle at the silliest things. Why did most of us stop? Not only should we look for the funny, we need to allow the full-on belly laugh to emerge. Laughter stimulates our heart, lungs, muscles and…

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Why Toy Fair 2016 Pissed Me Off

Toy Fair in New York City has been an annual ritual for 114 years. Brilliant and dedicated people come from all over the world to share their inventive new wares.
As a first time attendee the number of booths and…

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Fly By Night: Don’t Miss This Free Pigeon Whisperer Event!

It involves pigeons, LED lights and dusk. Tickets are going fast!

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Mapping Portland, Real and Imagined, at the Portland Children’s Museum

Flex your creative muscles with an artist in residence. But don’t wait–this unique onsite experience is only happening until March 26!

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Get a Pair! Hacks to Keep Your Socks Together

We came up with five handy hacks to keep your sock pairs together.

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Just Opened: Tattly Temporary Tattoos Pop-up Parlor

Run don’t walk! The only question is: who will get more “ink” at this brand new spot — you or the kids?

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Nail It: A Playground for Curious Carpenters

With real tools and real wood, little builders can hammer, nail and saw until their heart’s content at this one-of-a-kind playground.

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