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Keeping the Holidays Simple & Festive

A few ideas that acknowledge the past, express gratitude and incorporates silly fun to make this holiday season just as fun as previous years.

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All the Ways TikTok Taught Us to Be Better Parents

You’ll find some rock star hacks here!

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7 Reasons Volunteering with Your Child Is a Great Idea

Looking for meaningful ways to spend time with your family? Try volunteering—it may even become your family’s favorite activity.

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Parents Reveal Back to School Shopping Plans in New Survey

Parents have BIG spending plans this year!

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Powered by Love: Halsey Announces Birth of First Child

She’s welcomed a baby boy with boyfriend Alev Aydin!

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How You Can Help Your Child Handle Disappointment

This year has been filled with a lot of setbacks (to say the least). These tips will help adjust your kid’s attitude so that they can find the good in any situation and prepare them for what life throws their way.

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9 Self-Care Ideas for Moms

“It’s important to find self-care that works for you, because, as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

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The One Thing We Miss When We Applaud Our Kid’s Success

“So much of our good fortune comes to us, not because we deserve it, but because of forces outside ourselves.”

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What Surprised Me about Our New Normal

“Suddenly there are no dirty dishes to be found in the sink—remnants of quick snack breaks between my kids’ classes or between my husband’s meetings.”

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6 Thoughtful Printables to Say Thank You to Your Teacher

It’s nearly time to close the book on this non-conventional school year. These free printables are an easy way to express gratitude to the teachers in your life.

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Books to Celebrate Poetry Month (with a Special Nod to Earth Day)

“With a nod to Earth Day (April 22nd), we intentionally included poetry that celebrated nature, wilderness, and our Earth.”

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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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There Is No Room for Shame Here

“I’m not ashamed of autism and you shouldn’t be either because it’s not about a diagnosis. It’s about the person.”

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Do This at Home to Raise Kids That Do Good

“Children model what they live and experience. It goes without saying that kindness in the home translates to kindness outside of the home.”

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Our 10 Favorite Public Murals in Portland

Check out these Portland murals that kids and parents are bound to love.

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Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman! 6 Ways to Thank Your Mail Carrier

February 4 is National Thank a Mail Carrier Day. Here are five simple ideas for saying “thank you!”

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The Best Pen Pal Programs for Kids

No matter how old you are, everyone longs to feel a little more connected these days.

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An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Children Gratitude

“In my professional expert opinion, most children want to be helpful and show appreciation, it’s the way children’s brains are wired. Being thankful is intrinsically motivating, which is behavior that is driven by internal reward.”

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Turn MLK Day from a “Day Off” into a “Day On”

“There are so many small, actionable ways that you can turn an ordinary day off from school or work into a meaningful day ‘on’ in service of others and the greater good.”

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18 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

Show your little ones how to be thankful every day of the year.

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The Meaning of Gratitude to a Special Needs Parent

“Finding beauty and joy within the chaos isn’t easy but it’s possible.”

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10 Ways to Incorporate Social Justice into Your Holiday Season

It’s the season to pay even more attention to gratitude and empathy, which form the foundation of social justice parenting.

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How to Honor the Real Story of Thanksgiving with Kids

“While, it’s essential that we help our children become more attuned to inequality and injustice, telling the true story of Thanksgiving doesn’t have to undermine our practice of sharing gratitude.”

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Last-Minute Ways to Make This Thanksgiving Sweet for Kids (and Us)

“No matter how or with whom you’re celebrating this Thanksgiving, here are some easy, last-minute ways to infuse it with a little extra meaning and connection.”

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10 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude This Thanksgiving

“Yes, this pandemic holiday season may have its challenges but with some resilience and a grateful attitude, your family can still put the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving.”

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7 Quick Tips to Help You Shift to a Positive Perspective

“Imagine the possibilities and potential we could bring to light just by keeping our eyes and hearts focused on the positivity surrounding us.”

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Finding Gratitude Isn’t Easy

“If not for these struggles, the hard, or the difficult, the good, the gains, and the friendships would likely have never shone through so brightly.”

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Virtual Ways to Spread Kindness This Thanksgiving

“This Thanksgiving may look a little different for most families, but the most important elements of the holiday—gratitude, kindness, generosity, and spending time together—can still be expressed and celebrated.”

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Books That Teach Kids about Thankfulness & Gratitude

“These stories ground abstract concepts like gratitude and perseverance in examples of real people who rise above adversity, benefit from the generosity of others, discover beauty in places or cultures unlike their own, or discover the pleasure of even small acts of generosity.”

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Pay It Forward: Where to Donate Your Surplus Halloween Candy in Atlanta

It’s time to pull that extra candy stash off the shelf and donate it to one of these organizations!

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15 Gifts that Toddlers 18-24 Months Won’t Stop Playing With

Toddlers can build, run, slide, cuddle and play to their heart’s content with these gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah.

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What Being a Dr. Mom Has Taught Me About Gratitude

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I have the privilege of being a doctor, I have the distinct honor of taking care of people, little (very cute) people to be precise. I don’t take this task lightly but much of what…

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Yo-Yo Ma Joins Raffi and Lindsay Munroe on “For All You Do”

The song is a thank you to essential workers during the pandemic.

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These Major Retailers Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving This Year

Some stores are opting to stay closed for the holiday.

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Starburst All Pink Just Dropped a Self-Care Kit

The kits celebrate the new that All Pink packs will now be available permanently.

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