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11 Important Things Every Son Needs to Hear from Their Dad

These important life lessons can help shape a boy into becoming a courageous, honorable, and kind man.

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“This Is Us” Is What America Needs

Photo: Ron Batzdorff/NBC
Maybe it’s because I’m pushing the half-century mark that every nuance of humanity explored in the first season of ““This Is Us”” resonates with me. Regardless of the why, every scenario filters through my veins in one…

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Parenting, aka- The Perfect Puzzle

Recently I was talking to my friend who was struggling with her sons new habit. Screaming at the top of his lungs. What do I do, she asked me? So I suggested squirting him with a water bottle every time…

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Quick & Easy Ways to Be a Better Environmentalist

Don’t beat yourself up when life gets in the way and you aren’t doing the best you can for the environment. Here are some easy ways to get back in the eco-grove when you’ve gone astray.

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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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Saying Sorry Is Hard—Especially When You’re a Parent

“My kids told my wife that they don’t see the point in apologizing to me, because I don’t listen. This was hard for me to hear.”

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Teaching Our Children Life’s Most Valuable Lessons

Here’s how we teach our children some of life’s fundamental lessons.

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12 Things No One Ever Tells You about Being a Single Dad

Nothing can fully prepare you for raising your children as a single dad.

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34 Reasons Being a Parent Is the Absolute Best

Fancy cars and posh estates are fine and dandy, but there’s nothing we’re more grateful for than being parents.

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Here’s the Secret to Picking Movies That Build Character in Your Kids

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media

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Has your kid ever misbehaved like Alvin from the Chipmunks movies? Or mean-girled her friends like the Bratz dolls? Don’t feel bad. Kids pick up all kinds of things…

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How to Raise a Kid With Character in a Digital World

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media

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As parents, we have many hopes for our kids. We want them to grow up to live happy, successful lives. We hope they’ll find love, maybe have kids of…

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A Tribute To All Of The Moms In My Life

Just when you thought the Mother’s Day posts had to be done, here’s yet another…
What started as a Facebook post ended in a realization…there are soooooo many mothers who have impacted my life, who have taught me how to be a…

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5 Parenting Traits That Can Help Your Kids Succeed In Their Careers, According To Experts

How your parenting style can ensure career success for your kids.

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Dear Couch, I Can Explain…

Dear Couch, You probably overheard me talking about you when the company was over this past week. I didn’t mean it really. Okay, I did. But we don’t actually have any concrete plans to get rid of you. I was having a…

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5 Things to Talk to Your Kid About After Beauty and the Beast

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
Beauty and the Beast is a gorgeous, beautifully made live-action remake of Disney’s animated “tale as old as time.” It’s fantastic, although definitely a bit scarier/more intense than the original. But, as…

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Compassion is Always Cool

As parents, we all want to see our children act with compassion and show empathy toward others.  You want to see that when your children are young, but especially as your children grow into young adults and face more diverse…

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How to Go From Dreaming about Traveling to Actually Doing It

Making the decision to leave your life behind to go traveling traveling around the world is a momentous one, even more so when you add a baby to the mix. There are fears to overcome, sacrifices to be made as…

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Mom-isms For A New Generation

What did your mom say when you were a kid? You know, the things she said a lot. In my house, it was “How on earth does your room get THAT messy?” OK, that’s not exactly the kind of thing…

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6 Ridiculous Mistakes I Made as a First-Year Parent

Those of us who have been parents for a few years have an interesting perspective and might find ourselves laughing at obvious first-timers. It’s even more fun after you have a half dozen kids, like me. Parenting st‌yles and techniques…

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It’s a Bird! It’s Plane! Nope . . . It’s a Chicago Super Mom!

It takes a village, right? Safe to say we have one impressive village with this list of Chicago Power Moms.

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The Gift that Keeps Giving

My parents gave me many gifts, and growing up as an only child made that pretty easy.  I had a purple Barbie boom box, a Barbie house, Guess jeans, Easy Bake Oven… you get the drift.  But I think the…

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