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7 Powerful Things My Daughter Needs to Know Before Middle School

“Every part of you is beautiful and perfect, designed for anything and everything YOU want it to do.”

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Breaking the Evil Stepmother Stereotype

“Being a stepparent can be as simple or as difficult as all the parties involved choose to make it.”

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The Reason Why I Married the Quiet Guy

“Marry the one that lets you unapologetically yourself. The one that shows up at midnight at your darkest moment.”

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10 Steps to Climb Out of Your Career Funk

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Dear Confessional,
For most of my life I’ve been at war with my eyeballs. Sometimes at night, I fight my eyes to uncross, focus, and reopen during a strange bobble-head battle when I’ve worked too many hours during…

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The Best Gift Guide for Girls Age 5 to 15

Even if you don’t find your perfect gift on this list, you’ll certainly find some inspiration for your little girl’s birthday and get her something she’ll truly enjoy!

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8 Books to Help Your Kid Prepare for New Sibling

A new brother or sister sounds like a great idea, but once the squalling bundle comes home, it can be a different story! These books can help.

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Now You Can Book Mommy & Me Princess Makeovers at Disney World

You and your tots will be twinning with Disney’s magical makeovers for all ages.

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5 Important Things to Consider When Hiring a Nanny

Making the decision to go back to work or stay home with your child is not easy—here’s what parents need to know.

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7 “You’ll Get Through This, I Promise” Tips While Your Kids Are Home for the Holidays

So the kids are home again for break? Here’s how to survive the downtime.
1. Be nice, play nice.
With extended family visiting and staying, it naturally follows that kids will have conflicts or even kind of not like one…

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10 Things You Should Know (But Were Scared to Ask) About Working From Home

Right around the time I got pregnant with my third baby, I became obsessed with working from home.

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There are a couple reasons for this. First, my husband started working from home and he absolutely…

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I Learned to Be the Example of the Kind, Accepting Woman I Want My Girls to Become

Dear Mama Friends,

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Parenting is hard. No one gave any of us a handbook (and if they did I totally missed that part of the class). Today’ society also brings about challenges that have become…

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Why I Tell My Daughter She’s Beautiful Every Day

 
On Valentine’s Day, my family visited my 87-year-old grandmother. My five-year-old daughter wanted to dress up. She donned a dress with a sparkly heart top and a tutu skirt. She asked me to do her hair with the curling…

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14 Strategies That Made the Transition From 1 to 2 Children Easier

Do you have any advice transitioning to two kids? Read this mom’s perspective in an essay from our Spoke Contributor Network.

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Just Opened: Meri Cherry Art Studio

If Willie Wonka’s factory made art instead of chocolate, it would look a little something like this new studio.

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Must Read Books for Mom and Dad from local Seattle-area Authors

Fall Reading, Part II
Last week we served up a sampling of new, locally-authored (and/or illustrated) books for the kiddos. This time the roundup is for the grown-ups, and if you think they are all about how to make you…

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Fair Trade Sporting Equipment for Seattle Kids

Kick it Up a Notch

Chances are your little one will be attending a soccer camp or at least kicking a ball outside with the neighbor kids this summer. If you’re in the market for a new soccer ball, check…

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