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Teaching Children to Be a Spark of Good

Fostering conversations with children about real-life scenarios, along with modeling acts of kindness and selflessness, will help children prioritize empathy in their own lives.

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Where Has the Time Gone?

“It’s just been you and me from the start and as we approach your 3rd birthday I can’t help but reflect back on these past few years. And although some days feel like an eternity, I still catch myself wondering, ‘Where has the time gone?’”

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The Power of Forgiveness

“The world would be a much better place if we all could show more empathy and forgiveness in our lives. And maybe, if we taught our children to be more forgiving, then maybe we could be more forgiving ourselves.”

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Why Some Marriages Fail: My Experience Revealed

“Though I cannot go back and correct the past, I will always make good the lessons learned by investing in the present and hoping for a better and prosperous future.”

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13 Fred Rogers Quotes about Kindness That We Need Now More Than Ever

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when you remember these important words of wisdom.

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A Nature Lover’s Dream Trip & the Lessons about Family & Resiliency

“During stress-filled times, let’s remember to get our kids into nature so they, too, can find peace, clarity, and simplicity—and are reminded what it is to live.”

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Raising Tough Little Girls & Strong Women

“What I’m teaching my daughters about what it means to be strong and independent.”

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The Precious Gifts of Failure & Empathy

“Today I hope you will accept the gift of my admitted failures and give someone else a precious gift. The gift of your own failure, your empathy, tears, forgiveness…and love. We will be OK. Because we are in this together.”

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How I Finally Found a Way to Enjoy Mother’s Day

“For years I’ve secretly hated Mother’s Day. Over time I’ve held high expectations that turned to high hopes and then into dread.”

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The (Free) Kindness Activity Book Seattle Families Need Now

Get the scoop and keep the good deeds going with a free kindness curriculum developed by an Eastside parent.

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You Don’t Have to Be Mom of the Year—I Wasn’t & My Kids Turned Out Fine

Photo: roungroat via Raw Pixel
In my 24 years of raising three kids, I’ve had my fair share of parenting fails. Turns out motherhood is rocket science and my first week on the job is when I found out I’m no scientist.…

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Why Are We Celebrating Mediocre Moms?

Photo: Kate Haus Photography
So I was browsing through Parents magazine<emparents doing market research and came across the opening “Note from the Editor” for this particular issue. I was a little confused as I read how she labels herself a mediocre mom…

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5 Crucial Lessons Only Moms Can Learn (Once They Become Moms)

Photo: Kate Haus Photography
We’re all learning here…and I every intention to turn my challenges into lessons and allow them to support others (usually when we feel the least supported). I’m still new at this whole mom thing. So far, I’ve learned…

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Breathless… but Full of Life

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Dear Confessional,
Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe—and I’m not asthmatic or anxious. I just mean that, often, life seems to take my breath away. Reflections of moments in my past resurface and make me…

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The 3 Habits All Parents Need to Master

By setting an example now and forming these essential habits that they can emulate, you will be doing more for them than any picturesque “Leave It To Beaver” lifestyle ever could.

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How Parents Step Back & Create Harmony When They’re Feeling Overwhelmed

“Emotional drama can sweep through a family faster than the sniffles kids bring home from school.”

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What My 3-Year-Old Taught Me about Forgiveness

I’ve known for years the power of forgiveness—and the power of second chances was revealed to me last weekend from an unexpected source.

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How Learning to Forgive Myself Has Made Me a Better Mom

Our toddler has upped his game by pushing every boundary and button he possibly can.

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I find myself losing my patience with him more quickly these days and my lack of control is worrisome for…

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Being a Mom is Always Taking the Smaller Half of the Cookie

Being a mom is the entering of uncharted territory.
Being a mom is packing a hospital bag as one version of yourself and coming home as another, tethered to a new life, now forever in your charge.
Being a mom…

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How Foster Parenting Has Transformed Me

“How has your life changed while being a foster parent?”

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It was a question I had been asked a great deal of late.  Recently, I had been doing the rounds of radio and tv interviews…

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How I Think We Can Be Superhero Moms in a Not So Super World

As Moms, we can be a ray of light to our kids every day. Even in the midst of heartache there is still hope, love and forgiveness.

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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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What Mothers Can Treat Each Other to on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and Google is overwhelmed with searches like “What to get mom for Mother’s Day” and “Brunch specials in my area.” Husbands are helping make secret, handmade projects with their small children and adult children are…

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A Letter to the Newly Separated or Divorced

A letter to you, on the day you decided to leave your marriage:

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Congratulations. You just made a really, really hard decision. It’s something you probably agonized over for months, maybe even years. You likely…

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Mom Love Languages: Ways Mom Says I Love You Without Saying a Word

Moms make the world go round. Maybe not literally, but I can assure you that many moms make the world go round for their families. Without a mom doing her mom duties, life wouldn’t flow smoothly, hungry bellies would not…

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This Mom’s Facebook Post About Her Ex Went Viral For All the Best Reasons

photo: Jessica Singleton via Facebook
Jessica Singleton’s relationship with her ex may not have worked out, but when it comes to co-parenting they are rocking it. The mom to an adorable toddler named Pierson recently blew up the Internet with…

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Why You Should Stay Married…Even When It’s So Hard

Photo: pixabay.com
The Young Bride:
Today is my 20th wedding anniversary.

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Twenty years ago today, at 6 a.m. I was waking up to the bright, hot day I was the bride.
I had not slept…

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A Mother’s New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year.
The time of year where everyone declares everything they will do better this year.

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The time of year when people decide they are going to “Get fit!” and “Eat less!”…

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Dear Emily – What My Two-Year-Old is Teaching Me About Life

Dear Emily,
I need to talk to you.

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I see the hesitation on your passionate little face. You’re expecting me to warn, “We don’t…” or “What do we say?” or “Stop…” or “1…2…”
It’s been…

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Embark on an Enchanting Faery Hunt

Deep in the forests of Los Angeles live a host of colorful fairies who protect the forest and all the creatures that live in it. Did you know that you can meet these friendly residents of the forest on a…

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Enjoy ‘A Faery Hunt’: An Enchanting Outdoor Adventure in Los Angeles

Did you know that there are magical fairies popping up in parks all over Los Angeles? Gather your own little pixies and get ready to go on a ‘faery hunt’ at a sunny, scenic locale in your neck of the…

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Happy Mom Tip #5: Forgive Someone

Today’s Tip: Forgive Someone
It’s true: you’ll be happier if you practice forgiveness.  Holding a grudge is not a happiness habit–resentment keeps negative emotions like anger and frustration front and center in our lives.  So when we forgive others, we…

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