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What It Means When Your Child Prefers the Other Parent

“The pure acceptance of this is a way to remind your child that you are also available for them and acts as a reminder that they can trust and rely on you.”

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4 Skills to Help Kids (and Parents) Resolve Conflict during the Holidays & Beyond

“Try using the four C’s of Conflict Resolution: Calm, Curiosity, Collaboration, and Connection when conflict emerges this holiday season.”

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Beat the Long-Distance Blues: 9 Tips for Surviving (and Enjoying!) Holidays Away from Family

Love the ones you’re with this holiday season with these tips on how to make spirits bright even when family is far apart.

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How to Help Your Children Grieve What They’ve Lost during the Pandemic

“The loss of significant life events, coupled with the loss of social contact, predictability, and stability in routines, has led to a real emotional crisis for kids as well as parents.”

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Dear Working Mom: I Don’t Know How You Do It

Dear Working Mom,

I don’t know how you do it.

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Say Hello to Transformational Parenting

The best part of practicing transformation parenting? You’ll probably find yourself feeling happier and more relaxed because you won’t be on edge (as much) about test scores, future athletic prospects, or college applications.

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How To Rock Daycare Like a Boss When You Go Back to Work

It’s time to go back to work. You knew this day was looming, yet, it hasn’t seemed real as you’ve been living in a new baby fog. You’ve been wondering for weeks, “How am I going to do this when…

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How I Stopped Letting Anxiety Drive My Bus

Sometimes my boys and I are drivers and sometimes we are passengers on what we call, “our bus.” This is basically, our mental state and direction of our thinking. When we are the Drivers, we are in control of our…

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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad That My Husband Doesn’t Have Sons

Now that our oldest two are at the ages of understanding what’s being said around them and picking up on just about everything (little sponges) I cringe every time this topic is brought up, I’m smiling on the outside but…

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This Baby Stops Crying in the Most Hilarious Way, And it Involves Marvin Gaye

Check out what happens when this crying baby hears Marvin Gaye.

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What My Daughter’s Dance Class Taught Me About Divorce

“Where are you going?” a little voice asked.
“What?” I turned back against the tide of moms and dads leaving the dance studio and saw a little dancer looking up at me, bun cocked and eyes narrowed curiously.

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How to Minimize Conflict When Sharing Child Custody

Photo: Stuart Townsley
Unfortunately, nearly half of marriages end in divorce. For couples with children, this means potential conflict that can disrupt children’s lives and have a long-lasting negative emotional impact on them, unless the break up is handled in…

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The Parental Code of Honor

Photo: Vera Kratochvil
Have you ever heard of “The Honor Code?” It’s something usually found in academic settings or universities and is a set of rules or principles created to govern the behavior of the members within that community. A…

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5 Things I’ve Learned 5 Years into Parenthood

***This post originally appeared in my Medium publication: HellJoy: How to Survive Parenting***
“My water just broke.”
My life stopped, started, and was forever redefined in the span of that simple little four-word sentence. Up until that moment, our son…

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Taking a tiny risk

Hello internet world!
Well, I’ve been subscribed to Red Tricycle for a couple years now (my son is about 27 months old) and this new opportunity to do some writing really spoke to me. (Ha, get it? Spoke? Because the…

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