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Why People Born in June Are More Social (& Other Fun Facts)

They can be a handful at times, but babies born in the sixth month are also creative, forgiving, and cheerful people.

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Turning My Worry into Wonder

“I wonder if she knows I would take all her struggles, confusion, and pain as my own and carry them for her if I could.”

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How COVID, 2 Dogs & a Boy Changed Everything

“At the start of the pandemic, I worried something awful that COVID was going to rob my son of his childhood innocence. Little did I know, there were two, four-legged beings there to protect it all along.”

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My Best Piece of Parenting Advice May Surprise You

“As a couple, we’ve had to figure out new ways to keep the spark alive while knee-deep in diapers.”

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Dear Time, I Have a Something to Tell You

“I’m begging you. You don’t have to go so fast now,’ I say.”

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10 Things I Want to Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Dear Younger Me,

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Good news is you’re still going to be alive and well at 47, which should come as a definite surprise considering you think people my age fall into the old category. You…

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All the Insight Needed to Transform My Heart I Learned from Parenting

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The words of Robert Fulghum’s essay, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” hung on my kitchen wall like a whisper of God’s grace amidst our daily living when my three kids were tiny tots.  He…

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Here’s Why You Should Never Stop Playing

Turns out, playtime isn’t just beneficial to kids but adults (and grandparents!) as well.

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Reclaiming the Joy of Childhood as an Adult

Here’s how I managed to do it.

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Beyond the Crystal Ball: Talking to Kids about Their Future

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You’ve all heard it recently. The world has gone crazy. Today’s kids have it harder than we did, with bigger and badder problems, right? But kids I know seem to hold onto innocence longer, approach life more cautiously and…

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How This Type-A Mom Embraces Spontaneity

I wasn’t always this way. When I was younger, I could be spontaneous on a dime. I was always up for an adventure and rarely turned down an impromptu chance to make a memory. In college, a group of friends…

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Why We Should Protect Our Kids from Negativity—& How, Too

There’s a fine line between being honest with your child and protecting their innocence.

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A Timeless Children’s Classic Lands on Stage at SCT

You and your little thespians are in for a real treat when you make a date to see this latest production adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s modern classic.

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The New “Paddington 2” Trailer Is Even Cuter Than the First

The whole family will love the precocious bear’s latest adventure.

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In My Son, My Grandfather Lives On

My grandfather was a great man. An artist, veteran and Freemason. He was quiet but kind, stern but loving. He died when I was only 10 years old but I remember everything about him. When I close my eyes, I…

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The 12 Stories Everyone Talked about This Year

Tantrum solutions, binge-watching Netflix and the moms who won the Internet. 2017, here’s why we can’t quit you.

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5 Ways to Count Your Blessings, Even When the Kids and Holidays Make You Crazy

This time of year can get to even the best of us! My schedule is crazy hectic, the kids are wild for the upcoming holidays and vacations, and nerves are on edge. And I am not finished with shopping or…

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Why I Think the Tooth Fairy Is the Coolest Tale to Tell Your Kids

There’s something magical about being a child — you’ve got all these fantastic things to believe in, like the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause. No, we’re not including the Elf on the Shelf in this list —…

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3 Vital Life Lessons I’m Learning from My Kids

I have always viewed motherhood from the perspective of a teacher. We’re the ones teaching our kids everything, right? Of course, this is true, we do teach kids so much about the world that they take with them as they grow older. But, did you ever stop and think about how much your kids are teaching you?

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Natural Parenting; As Taught By a Cat

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So there’s natural parenting and then there’s Natural Parenting…. as in how they parent in nature.
A little while ago we became the proud grandparents to four kittens. Their birth was momentous, with mom-cat (Paws) having no clue what…

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Hey Elf, Don’t Be Creepy!

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Last year around this time, my older son asked me if we could “do” the Elf on the Shelf. I responded the way any smart, rational, overtired mother would. I backed out of the room slowly and…

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He Won

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Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Red Tricycle.
At 11:40 PM on November 8th, 2016, there was an unsettling silence in San…

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Why You Wouldn’t Guess That I Love Christmas As Much As I Say I Do

October, November, and December are my favorite months of the year. We are gifted with the three greatest holidays (four including my birthday), sweater weather, and holiday flavors at Starbucks. While I adore Halloween and Thanksgiving, Christmas takes the cake.…

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Parents are Supposed to Teach Their Children, But I am Learning From Mine

I am “mom” to two of the most amazing, beautiful, wonderful daughters in the world. My girls are kind, compassionate, intelligent, empathetic, and talented. They love deeply. They care with their whole hearts. They are nothing short of incredible. And sometimes I have no idea…

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No, Not Yet Mommy: Why I am Not Teaching My Children About Racism

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When I ask my two year old daughter to complete a task that she is not willing to do, she responds politely, “No, not yet mommy.” Unless it is something that requires immediate attention, I do not…

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Motherhood Has Turned Me into a Christmas Maniac

Motherhood has turned me into a full on Christmas maniac. I’ve already bought several gifts, though I’m still trying to figure out the perfect hiding spot (I’m looking for the right mix of “out of the way” and “won’t forget…

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Curbing Sibling Conflict

I am peacefully driving my car and humming along with tunes on the radio. From the backseat, I hear my daughter whine, “Mommmm! I didn’t do anything and he’s pinching me again.” I look in the rear view mirror to…

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On Target and How I’m Parenting Through Controversial Issues

When abuse is your first memory, it colors who you are.
I was molested when I was a preschooler, and it has rippled through my life ever since. The “predator” was a 17-year-old kid who lived across the street. And…

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A Pink Lemonade & Pinwheels First Birthday Party

Every sweet little girl deserves an equally sweet birthday party. Find out what made this first birthday party especially memorable.

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Mr. Mopp’s Children’s Bookstore: Grand Opening of an Instant Classic

Berkeley’s beloved toy store gets a brand new sibling: Mr. Mopps Children’s Bookstore.

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Talking Kids With Seattle Kindie Musician Caspar Babypants

Something magical happens when you crank up the newest music by Seattle kindie-rocker Caspar Babypants – kids quiet down!  That is, until the giggles erupt. This is Fun, Chris Ballew’s (aka Caspar Babypants) third kids’ CD offers youngsters a fantastic…

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