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6 Tips for Helping Children Grieve

“Young children need to know that if they have lost someone close, be it friend, pet or family member, it is okay to feel upset and miss the person they are grieving. Here are 6 tips to help them grieve in a healthy way.”

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Hey Moms: Stop Putting Your Own Needs on Hold

Not being home with my children 100% of the time doesn’t sound so bad anymore. In fact, I am coming to believe that I will be a better mother if I can get away and do more for me.

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The Complicated, Sometimes Messy, Struggle to Be Grateful

“This holiday season, I want to challenge myself to see opportunities for gratitude when I am feeling stressed or frustrated. Because if I truly want my children to live lives of gratitude, it has to start in a home that is full of it.”

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This Second Grade Teacher’s Version of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” Is an Elementary School Anthem

Lizzo’s chart topper-turned second grade song is awesomely educational.

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6 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Love Music

The secret? Figuring out how you can creatively integrate music into their normal activities.

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Holiday Family Dinner Convo Starters That’ll Break the Ice & Warm Your Hearts

Show up to the table prepared with these conversation starters that are sure to bring everyone together.

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Quitting the Blame Game

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Try to re-consider what you are saying when the sentence starts with the word “You”.
I told this to my children early on and hold it as a personal principle.

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Why? Because, words…

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Inside SoYoung Inc with the Totally Awesome Awards 2016

SoYoung Inc just won a Totally Awesome Award for Most Awesome Dapper Diaper Bags. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say…

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Three Little Birds: The Newest (& Hippest) Music Studio in Town

With music, dancing, stories and instruments, this new music studio is a must-see and hear.

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Happy Mom Tip #47: Stick With Your Routine

As a life coach, I’m a huge proponent of personal growth, and growth usually means change. Becoming happier often means re-engineering a bad habit, or starting a healthy new routine (like exercise or meditation). But sometimes the best thing that…

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Happy Mom Tip #48: Memorize Two Lines from a Poem

We often forget that inspiration — along with its cousins elevation and awe — are positive emotions that make us feel more content, joyful and satisfied with our lives. One way to bring more of these positive emotions into our…

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Happy Mom Tip #46: Write a Love Letter

Have you seen the moving five minute video from StoryCorps about Danny and Annie? (If not, your happiness tip is to watch it now.)

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The little love notes that Danny would leave for Annie defined…

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Happy Mom Tip #44: Listen to Your Favorite Songs

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” –Plato

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Loads of research shows that music can uplift and restore the spirit–so much so, in…

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Happy Mom Tip #43: Hang Out With an Animal

My parents recently adopted a dog, which has given me a new perspective on how animals bring happiness to humans. My parents were happy people before they met Cody, but rarely have I seen a sentient being bring so much…

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Happy Mom Tip #42: Say No to Someone Besides Yourself

Are you always saying “yes” to everyone around you, but never making time for yourself? Saying no takes practice for most people, but it is a necessary life-skill in today’s world.
Say “no” to several requests or this week, but…

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Happy Mom Tip #41: Automate a Hassle

Ever feel like much of your time and energy is going into something you don’t really want to do? If so, find a way to make that thing a habit that you don’t have to think about anymore.
For me,…

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Happy Mom Tip #40: Commit to Kindness

One of the easiest and most powerful ways to feel happier is for us to do something nice for someone else. It’s also a great way to make the world better: odds are, your kindness will radiate outward. Research shows…

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Happy Mom Tip #39: Lower Your Expectations

These days we expect our spouses to be our partners in just about every realm. We expect them to be our co-parents, our household running mates, to provide for our family financially, and to be our lovers.
There is an…

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Happy Mom Tip #38: Call a Friend

Our friendships and close relationships–both how many we have, and how positive they are–are one of the best predictors of our happiness. But in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our friends often get short-shrift.
This week, make time…

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Happy Mom Tip #36: Ignore Your Kids

“Is the author of Raising Happiness really telling us to ignore our children,” you ask?
Yep. Sometimes—not always, of course—we need to not be so kiddie-centric. We Americans are obsessed with our offspring compared to European nations, to the detriment…

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Happy Mom Tip #37: Take 20.

Feeling moody or agitated? Study after study shows that taking some time—20 minutes, to be precise—to focus on our breathing can make us feel better. Here’s how:
• Sit in a comfortable, yet dignified, position. If you are in a…

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Happy Mom Tip #34: Stop Stalling

We all do it sometimes, but procrastination is not a happiness habit. Often we know what we need to do, but we just don’t feel like doing it, and so we delay getting started until we feel stress.
Which means…

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Happy Mom Tip #35: Make Your Task List More Fun

So often we parents face a long list of boring daily tasks. This is not good for our happiness! This week transform your task list so that you enjoy life a little bit more.
• Want more family time? Prep…

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Happy Mom Tip #33: Exhale. Twice.

When we exhale, our heart beat slows down slightly, which is probably why long, deep exhalations are associated with relaxation and well-being.
If you are feeling anxious or tense, doing a few big exhalations can help.  Here’s how:

Inhale deeply…

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Happy Mom Tip #32: One Kind Thing

Helping others makes us happy.  But how do we foster kindness in our children?  
Try asking these two questions at dinner tonight:

What is one kind thing that someone else did for you today?
What is one kind thing that…

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Date Night: Art Collecting 101

Your floor may be covered in preschool toys, but that doesn’t mean your walls can’t be covered in grown-up art. Seattle Magazine shows you how art collecting isn’t just for the filthy rich, or those with tons of time to…

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Happy Mom Tip #31: Have an Easy Morning

Feel rushed an tense before your day is even started? Wake up earlier tomorrow—possibly a lot earlier. How much time do you really need to be fully ready to go before your kids wake up?
This is the only time…

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Happy Mom Tip #30: Learn Something New

This week’s tip: Learn Something New.
Your kids are back in school; should you be, too?

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Our brains grow and change throughout adulthood depending on what we do with them.  Do a lot of math,…

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Happy Mom Tip #29: Take a Power Nap

This week’s tip: Take a power nap.
Did you know that napping for 20 minutes is often required before a major effort in the military? Elite athletes also tend to use power naps to improve performance. (I certainly know that…

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Happy Mom Tip #28: Spend Some Time Alone

This week’s tip: Spend Some Time Alone
A Harvard study indicates that a bit of solitude can make us more capable of empathy
towards others. Empathy is one of the foundations of happiness, in part because the social connections empathy…

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Happy Mom Tip #27: Play a Game That Makes You Happy

This week’s tip: Play a Game That Makes You Happy
Games can provide the “exhilarating rewards, stimulating challenges, and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world,” writes visionary game designer Jane McGonigal in her book Reality…

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Happy Mom Tip #26: Take a Blatant Nap

This week’s tip: Take a Blatant Nap.
Why do we feel so guilty when we rest? Rest and relaxation are NOT vices, and we shouldn’t treat them that way. Happiness requires that we take regular breaks, and that we don’t…

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Happy Mom Tip #25: Don’t Buy That Thing That You Really Want

This week’s tip: DON’T Buy that Thing that You REALLY REALLY REALLY Want
There is often a big discrepancy between the way we think we’ll feel when we own something and the way we actually feel when we have it.…

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Happy Mom Tip #24: Turn Off the Boob Tube

This week’s tip: Turn Off the Boob Tube
Advertisements tend to make most people insecure and materialistic– two things that aren’t happiness habits! Perhaps this is why people who watch less TV tend to be happier. (Though we don’t know:…

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