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Friends, I Feel You

“Friends, I know it’s hard. Let’s all lean in on each other. Through each other’s strength and support, we will be lifted and rise above.”

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Making It through 2020 with a Whole Lotta Grace (& Acceptance)

“I think we can all benefit from calling it the dumpster fire that it’s been. And giving ourselves a whole lotta grace for, however, we’re making it through.”

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Mom, Are Dead People Dead Forever?

“It can be scary, but being honest with our kids is always a better route than dressing everything up with fairytales and marshmallows. So here is how I answered the question about whether or not dead people are dead forever.”

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The One Sentence That Changed Me as a Mother

“I had become the awful mother I believed I was but then I heard another mother say something that hit me so hard it felt like a physical blow.”

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What It’s like Being a Mom during COVID-19

“This morning, I hid in my closet just so I could have time to read and do something for me that doesn’t require bowing every direction for the needs of my children. It felt pretty awesome for the short 10 minutes before they found me.”

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To My Friends on Facebook: I’m Not as Good a Mom as You Think I Am

“Really, I post the pictures for encouragement. Those ‘likes’ you’re giving me? They make me feel like I’m doing something right. They’re like the silent voices cheering me on.”

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Why I’m Teaching My Kids They Aren’t Unique

“I’ll try to continue finding commonalities to show to my kids, and some days it will be easier than others, but it can simplify things in a way that opens up the world to them.”

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Best Sports and Outdoor Activities for Shy, Introverted Kids

Encouraging your children to spend more time outdoors and move their bodies is getting increasingly important in this age of screens and digital everything.

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14 Secrets to Being a Happy Parent

Simple steps to becoming a happier mom and dad.

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The Advantages of Having Siblings (from Someone Who Didn’t Have Any)

Growing up as an only child, I never wanted siblings. But through the mom friends I’ve made, I am beginning to see the plus side to having siblings.

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10 Ways to Deal with an Extrovert Child When You Are a Total Introvert

You can still be a great parent, even if you enjoy being alone.

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10 Things You Can Do to Help an Introverted Child Thrive

Got a kid who needs a little help speaking up for themselves or taking on awkward social situations? We’ve got tips and tricks here from moms and experts who’ve lived it.

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My Two Different Daughters & My Two Very Different Parenting Styles

“My initial approach to parenting was one-size-fits-all. But as the kids grew, we found that this approach wasn’t going to work.”

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We Bet We Know What Your Kid’s Halloween Costume Is This Year

The kids couldn’t stop playing this game all summer, so naturally, it’s this year’s most popular Halloween costume.

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This Mom’s Lunch Bag Hack for Her Kids Is an Inspiration to Us All

This mom’s lunch bag hack is so much more than just a fun way to pack her kids something to eat: it’s something any kid would appreciate.

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How to say “No” to Your Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)

I am an overexplainer. It’s a weird trait for an introvert, but I feel that my kids will benefit from a full explanation and understanding of situations, decisions, and circumstances. But sometimes the questions are just. Too. MUCH! Scott and…

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September Spoke Writing Challenge: Surviving Fall

The shift from summer into school (and a whole season of holidays) can be a whirlwind—but it doesn’t have to be! During September, we want you to submit all of your posts that help parents survive the Back-to-School and holiday…

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50 Life Lessons My Son Officially Thanked Me For

Jonathan, my middle child, graduated from high school last May.  He’s 6’3 and 190 pounds, but it seems like yesterday that he was scampering into my bed to escape the rumble of a thunderstorm.

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Mom & Me Journals Are a Simple, Sweet Way I Connect with My Kids

Sweet, simple tips on how you and your littles can connect through Mom & Me journals.

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The One Tip That Helped My Introvert Kid

Photo: Jane Brown
As far as introverts go, my son is much more self-aware than I was as a kid. At three, he knew how to ask for “quiet time” after a stimulating day at preschool. By his 6th birthday,…

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Be the Mom Your Children Need

Photo: Surabhi Surendra
On our way back home from the nearby mall, she fell asleep on the backseat of the car. I was holding my 3 months old infant so my husband carried her upstairs to our home and we…

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10 Encouraging Things Every Mom Needs to Hear

We asked our staff of mamas what words of encouragement they’ve heard lately and here’s what they shared.

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Making Friends When You’re a “Teetotaler”

Photo: Leah Kelley
(A teetotaler is someone who abstains entirely from drinking alcohol. Yes, this includes beer and wine. And yes, also frozen sangria, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and even champagne at a wedding.)
Is it hard to make friends when…

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4 Tips for Raising an Introvert

Photo: Michal Parzuchowski
My 8-year-old-son, Jack, is an introvert. We can certainly debate the “nature vs nurture” argument here, but seeing as though my daughter is an extrovert and Jack has been an introvert since he was a baby, I’m…

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School Car Lines That Make Us Go Crazy

If your school does the infamous car line pick-up, then you know what I am talking about here. You probably have a real love/hate relationship with car line police. For me mostly it’s hate.

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What a Mom Really Wants for Christmas

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What does a mom want for Christmas?
That’s easy. Every mom’s automatic response is something along the lines of Oh, I don’t need anything. I just want my family to be healthy and happy!

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No ‘F’ Bombs Here: 10 Ways Being an Introvert Makes Parenting a Little Easier

Photo: Jen Setteducato
Parenting isn’t easy, but there are certain things about being an introverted mom that makes life easier. Sure, we’re not the life of the party but give us a book and a sleeping child, and we’ll shine!…

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Worried about Your Quiet Child?

Photo: Charamelody
Did you ever worry about your child being quiet? Wondering if (s)he is social enough, has enough friends, is well liked etc.? If you did, you’re not alone. Many parents worry about their child not living up to…

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An Introvert Mom Raises an Extrovert Kid

Can you relate to this mom’s experience?

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Let’s Talk About Self Hate

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I recently wrote about my struggle with depression and, honestly, I immediately regretted hitting publish on that post – for so many reasons – and a few that lead me to the topic of self-hate.
When I started seeing my therapist,…

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My Daughter Gives Me An Excuse To Be Introverted

Photo: Jennifer Picard
As a writer, I’ve always had very introverted tendencies and felt compelled to go beyond what I was comfortable with in order to fit in. When I first moved to Kauai a few years ago, I lived…

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7 Ways to Help Your Introverted Child in an Extroverted World

A Shy Little Girl
“Hi, little girl. I am your grandfather’s neighbor. What’s your name? You know it’s not polite to ignore adults, right?”

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“Does she even talk?”
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A Letter to My Daughter: 4 Things I Hope You Don’t Inherit from Me

My sweet girl,
There’s no mistaking it: you are my daughter in every way. Before you were born, I wondered if you’d look like me or like your dad. I secretly hoped you would look like me — not because I…

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Anxious Annie

I have anxiety. We usually do a really good job of hiding it, even though we do not feel as if it is hidden. For us it seems like our mask is half way off our face and we are…

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Explore Tecolote Canyon: A Woodsy Adventure in the City

Remember the days when playing in the ‘swamp of sadness’ meant skipping over the after rain-shower puddles and shrieking with terror (errr…glee) if you fell in? Even though we live in the big city those fun outdoor adventures are certainly…

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