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Make Family Photos Less Painful with These 5 Tips

“To make your family photography experience enjoyable right from the beginning, here are useful tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your session.”

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Should We Continue to Celebrate Dr. Seuss?

“As an educator, parent, grandparent, and human, I know that representation is important. When children do not see themselves in books or see depictions that are negative, no matter how subtle, true damage is done.”

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Friends in the World of a Special Needs Mom

“I appreciate even more that I have found a few amazingly supportive, truly genuine friends. The ones who check in on me when I haven’t been heard from in a few days, just to make sure I’m doing ok.”

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Season Two of “Bluey” Is Coming to Disney Channel

The hit preschool series returns this summer.

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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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4 Reasons Why Any Parent Could Forget a Baby in Their Car

It turns out 2018 was the highest year on record for tragic pediatric vehicular heatstroke and experts agree this can happen to even the most devoted parents. Here are four reasons why it can happen to anyone plus one easy solution that can help avoid a potential tragedy.

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10+ Hilarious Yet True Tweets about Toddlers

Toddlers: keeping parents on their toes since the beginning of time.

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A Lesson in Accidental Empathy with My Daughter at the Store

“I know, sweetie, it’s really hard when something doesn’t work out the way you want it to.”

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There’s a Marie Kondo Way to Fold Onesies & It Is Awesome

This method is easy, even for sleep-deprived new moms.

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Amazon’s Next Big Thing Isn’t Stores—It’s Preschools

“The child will be the customer,” says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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News That Is Safe for Kids & Fun to Read? Check Out XYZA

Want your kids to stay curious and learn about the world without danger of seeing inappropriate ads or frightening images? This mom-invented media company is the solution.

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This New Travel Site Lets You Buy Someone Else’s Vacation

Transfer Travel hopes to become the eBay for vacations.

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This Advice Column’s Response about Motherhood & Friendships Keeps It 100

When you’re a mom with single friends, navigating friendships can be tricky. This advice columnist gets real.

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12 Things I Wish I Could Go Back in Time & Tell Myself Before I Had Kids

You’ll have entire days where you don’t look in the mirror.

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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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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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I Learned to Be the Example of the Kind, Accepting Woman I Want My Girls to Become

Dear Mama Friends,

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Parenting is hard. No one gave any of us a handbook (and if they did I totally missed that part of the class). Today’ society also brings about challenges that have become…

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Look Who’s One: 10 Must-Take First Birthday Pics

From a naked cake smashing moment to delight over her first balloon, here are ten must-take photos for every first birthday.

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New & Cool: Seeing Color, a Resource That Offers Hope & Celebrates Culture

Find out why Seeing Color is a game-changer in 2017 and how it’ll make you feel slightly uncomfortable—in all the best ways possible.

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This Mom And Her Ex Do Family Photoshoots Together, Despite Not Always Getting Along

photo: Victoria Baldwin/ Love What Matters
Arranging the perfect family photoshoot can be stressful enough, but when a couple gets divorced it can put a real damper on attempts to get genuine smiles. One couple is setting aside their differences…

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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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Thank God For Small Steps: The Making of a Social Butterfly

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My son just turned thirteen. He has been dreaming of being a teenager since he was about four. At four, he was diagnosed with a speech and learning disorder, which later turned into a diagnosis on the Autism…

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5 Signs a Toddler Is Ready for Some Independence

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Raising a child is an entirely new world filled with constant discovery. I’ve whined over how hard it can be, taught that patience is a virtue, and I’ve seen with my own eyes how truly amazing it…

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I Felt Like I Was Betraying My Daughter By Having Another Child

I remember leaving the house before sunrise the morning I gave birth to my son. My daughter, just a toddler at the time, lay sleeping peacefully in her bed. I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness as I pushed her…

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Nobody Else Laughs at Your Jokes, Plus 14 Other Reasons You Need to Befriend a Toddler

With a toddler you’ll experience some of the sweetest moments with another human being. Don’t believe us? Here are 15 reasons why you need a toddler as a friend.

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Where to Find this Fishy, Instagram-Famous Ice Cream

As if easting ice cream couldn’t get more interesting in this city, Uji Time Dessert just opened in Berkeley, serving up a cool Japanese treat it hot fish-shaped cones.

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Hair-Raising Family Thrills at Escape Alcatraz

Did you know that the Wharf is home to the scariest haunted house in the city? And with a heart-stopping new addition, the screams can last well past Halloween.

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Shifting Your Understanding: Learn Why Your Teen May Give Into Peer Pressures

It’s so easy to forget just how pervasive peer pressure is as a kid and how susceptible kids are to peer pressure when they’re young. In fact, it’s one of the big differences between adolescents and adults.
Teenage Peer Pressure…

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Shazam! 13 Enchanting Books That Are Pure Magic

Believing is one of the best parts about being a kid. Here’s a lucky list of 13 books that top our magical reading list.

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9 Kid-Friendly Nature Walks Within 1 Hour of NYC

You may love city living, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crave fresh air and the chance for your kids to frolic in nature every now and again, too. The good news is, the tri-state area boasts plenty of nature…

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Inside the Totally Awesome A Mom Is Born with Maria Dolorico

Maria Dolorico is all about helping and nurturing women in every way possible through their birth process. She believes in helping moms gain knowledge and support, and offers birth doula services, pregnancy coaching, personal renewal groups, and so much more.…

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Win gBaby Bundles for Newborns from gDiapers

What’s good for mama earth is also good for baby! We are a huge fans of gDiapers‘ reusable diapers and our local Portland friends at gDiapers are giving away a life and earth saver gbaby bundle for newborns that has…

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Insider’s Guide to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker

Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your child’s head?  Pacific Northwest Ballet is putting on a spectacular performance of the all-time holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. With sets by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and various adaptations to the…

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