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11 Phrases That Will Get Your Kids to Listen (No Joke!)

If there’s one thing parents learn rather quickly, it’s that the words “kid” and “listen” are not always compatible.

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Dear Younger, Wide-Eyed Me: Welcome to Parenthood

Photo: Jennifer Lightner
We have a photo wall in my house of black and white pictures from different important stages of our lives. I love the pictures, I love how the wall looks, and I stare at it often. Sometimes…

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What My 8-Year-Old Taught Me about Feelings

We all feel emotions and get hurt by the behavior of others. But this solution from my 8-year-old may just help solve and avoid hurt feelings in the future.

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The Day I Broke My Daughter’s Finger Nearly Broke Me

Well after the splint comes off, after the pain subsides and the bones heal—here’s hoping that all my daughter remembers is the love.

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20 Things You’ll Think During the Third Trimester

Everybody’s pregnancy is different, but some things are universal. Here are 20 things you’ll be thinking during the home stretch.

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Hurricane Helpers: This Little Girl’s Letter to Her Police Officer Dad Is Precious

When this police officer left home to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey his daughter did more than just bid him farewell.

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Sometimes Epic Parent Fails Just Happen… And It Totally Doesn’t Matter

Here’s the deal. There are some parenting fails that are epic. There are some truly terrible parents out there. I think we can all agree that if you beat your child or lock them in a closet, those are some…

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Now Open for Summer: The Adventure Playground

We know where to hammer & build, climb & slide and get muddy & messy this summer: The Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach!

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10 Signs You’re the Mom of a Toddler (Sound Familiar?)

Motherhood is an exclusive tribe reserved for those women who dedicate their lives to caring for and raising another human being. Your entire world drastically changes the minute that baby is brought into your life, whether through childbirth, adoption, surrogacy,…

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How Traveling Helps My Anxiety

Photo: Imagine & Go
After the birth of my second child, I experienced crippling anxiety and insomnia. It was such a struggle and since I didn’t have a history of anxiety it took months to understand what was happening to…

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7 Ways Kids Think They’re Playing But Someone’s Getting Hurt, or Worse

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You don’t have to watch the news for very long to see or hear about some tragedy involving a child. Many accidents can be avoided with better education and supervision. True, parents cannot be with their children every…

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How to Fix Messy Doll Hair and Other Genius Parenting Hacks

Don’t you hate those “life hacks” that turn out being crap or worse: more expensive than the conventional fix? I know I do! That’s why I put together a list of the best hacks (for parents of toddlers) that are…

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What I Learned the Day My Children Were Born

Photo: Jeff Everett
As soon as I saw the lines on the pregnancy test, my first thought was, “Is that 2 lines or one?” Once I took the second pregnancy test (and the third), I started to wonder about what my…

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Finding Your Tribe in a New City

Photo: Cam Bowman
We moved to Southern California going on two years ago now. The move was a really good decision and the only regret was leaving behind my tribe of real life friends in San Francisco. Don’t get me…

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Best Life-Saving Gifts this Season (Or Any Time)

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While it’s nice to receive new clothes, gift cards, or jewelry, consider giving a more meaningful, and useful gift to those on your list this year. Here are five ways to show them you really do love them,…

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Swing Time: Make Music at This Super Summer Installation!

Brookfield Place is at it again with a must-do art experience. Go now — it closes July 7!

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Gifted and Highly Sensitive: A perfect storm

This article was initially published on http://www.sparkforlearning.com.
I picture my four year-old’s mind as a natural wonderland—filled with sunshine and myriad fluffy cloud figures—but as one with an ever-present storm lurking in the distance. Like most highly capable children, my daughter develops in a…

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6 Martial Arts Kids Will Get a Kick Out Of

From self-defense to self-discipline, kids have a lot to learn from fight techniques both ancient and new. Here’s where to enroll!

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Happy Mom Tip #12: Take a Break

In today’s hyperbusy world, most people don’t take real breaks. “We are poisoned by the hypnotic belief,” writes Wayne Muller in his inspirational book Sabbath, “that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort—and so we can never…

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