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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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Travelocity’s New Study Forecasts a Season of Family Reunions

Most parents surveyed say they’ll travel for leisure in the next nine months

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Helping Kids Understand the Difference between Tattling vs. Reporting

“There’s a difference between tattling and reporting. When kids understand the difference, they are more likely to report unsafe situations and real trouble.”

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I’m Scared for Our Daughters

“As I raise daughters in today’s world, I am often scared. Scared for their safety and for mine.”

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Beach Must Haves for Babies and Toddlers

I am trying to think positive thoughts and send out happy summer vibes that include packed beaches, dips in the ocean and ice cream before dinner. I hope I don’t look back at this post and roll my eyes because…

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Mama Grief Runs Deep

“Every winter, grief sneak in like a looming storm cloud. Maybe it’s the earlier sundown; all I know is every winter I spend my nights laying in bed, crying myself to sleep and doubting myself as a mother.”

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Anchoring Your Family Values

“When your values are unclear or not practiced, it can be difficult to be consistent with decision making, disciplining, and just finding an overall direction.”

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Teachers Aren’t Responsible for Saving Our Country

“The pressure on teachers to keep kids safe through sanitary steps, proper mask-wearing, and socially distancing is tremendous making the main function of school—teaching academic content to children—nearly impossible.”

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Everything I Need to Know about Surviving Motherhood, I Learned from Prince

Photo: Peter Tea via Flickr
Any of you moms able to relate to feeling alone, confused, overwhelmed, desperate—like, at the same time? How about afraid, depressed tense, trapped and angry—about one situation?
These emotions are only a few of the…

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13 Compliments You Need to Give Your Son

An open line of communication and positive feedback for your little guy are key.

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The Importance of Creating a Safe Space at Home

“As a teenager, I didn’t have a lot of safe places in my life. As an adult, I understand how important it is to create a safe place for our kids and for ourselves to discover new things without being manipulated by the preferences of others.”

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5 Ways to Combat Bullying at School

Statistics show that 160,000 kids stay home from school each day to avoid being bullied. While most schools have a zero-tolerance policy in the handbooks for bullying behavior, it is important to teach your children what to do when they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation at school.

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8 Must-Have Items for a Kid-Safe Home

Home safety is the most important thing in the world. What could matter more than keeping your beloved family members safe? If you want to guarantee a household that’s secure, comfortable and smooth sailing in general, these helpful home safety…

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Sesame Street Is Helping Kids Cope With Trauma

Sesame Street is launching these new tools to help children who experience trauma.

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4 Honest Ways to Talk to Your Kids about The “Why” of Adoption

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“Mommy, tell me about when I was born. Why couldn’t my parents take care of me?”
This question was asked by my almost five-year-old in an unexpected bedtime conversation. Her story is not mine to…

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You Could Be Flying on a Pilot-Free Plane for Your Next Family Vacation

Robot-flying airplanes might sound like something your four-year-old made up, but it could soon be a reality.

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To My Husband on Father’s Day… All the Ways We Need You!

I probably don’t have to tell you this as I am sure you can imagine – triplets put a strain on my marriage. More than 4 years later we are in a much better place, but I know my husband…

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The Honest Company Recalls Baby Wipes Due to Mold

Find out if you have wipes at home affected by this new recall.

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How to Raise Caring & Kind Children

Photo: Merete L. Kropp
“That’s not fair!” Whether it is meant as a whine, an accusation or a protest, most parents hear this phrase more often than they might wish. To some, it may elicit pangs of regret and guilt…

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A Mom’s “How to” Guide To Bedtime Discipline

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To be healthy, children need sleep; unfortunately, they don’t know that. They want to play and learn as much as they can. Every second they close their eyes feels like a missed opportunity, which is why getting your…

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What Do We Tell The Children?

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Red Tricycle.

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“What should I say to my students after the election if Trump wins?” a principal…

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

Photo: Sheri Schooley
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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The 4 Benefits Of Married Sex You Didn’t See Coming

I meet my friend Geraldine at a hip, local eatery in the heart of Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach. Over our poached kale and egg salads with a side of chickpeas I notice my firecracker friend is uncharacteristically glum.
“I…

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Creating a Homework Haven at Home

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Back-to-school season can be a distressing for so many kids. While some of the angst around this return to routine makes sense – after all, days get colder and shorter and we get back to tighter schedules and…

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8 Father’s Day Adventures Dad Will Love

If dad is ready to spend some father-kid bonding time he won’t soon forget, click through the slideshow for eight great ideas to treat him to a day tailored to his style.

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Why We Kiss in Front of Our Kids

Our wedding kiss was … ahem … awkward. It was a shy, quick peck that even our photographer couldn’t capture it. It was so unimpressive that some of our guests probably secretly held back some boos. I wouldn’t blame them…

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Mother Created, Mother Approved: 5 San Diego Companies Inspired by Kids

These five local companies are great examples of what can be created when kiddos inspire the parents.

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Seattle’s Own Secret Garden

It’s pretty likely that you’ve driven right past Waterfall Garden Park in Seattle… on your way to a game at Century Link Stadium or when you’re heading to the train station to pick up visiting grandparents. Little did you know…

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The Newest Hub for Creativity

Have you ever wished you were one of those crafty moms? You know, the moms that always have paint, glue guns, glitter and construction paper ready for a quick and messy craft project with the kids. We didn’t think so,…

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Explore: Northgate Park

Time to tote a tot or two up north — at least as far as Northgate Park, where you’ll find ample parking and oodles to do in the threesome combo of Library, Community Center and fantastic fenced park. Whether you’ve…

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