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This Instant Classic Celebrates the Bond Between Kids & Their Stuffed Animals

If you have a kid, you probably have a zooful of stuffed animals living with you. These “stuffies” are more than just cute clutter—they actually serve a fundamental purpose in a child’s life. Their favorite teddy or doll is their…

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How to Explain Homelessness & Poverty to Your Kids

The tough topic of homelessness is one that our kids are sometimes facing, in person, every day. You can lay a foundation of understanding by discussing it and reading about it at developmentally appropriate levels.

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The Unexpected Place I Found My Biggest Supporter

“When I had one of those big parenting moments with my teen the other night, she was there, trying to build me up and remind me that I am a good mom.”

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Why We Share Our Journey

“Do you know how much preparation (both physically and emotionally) and courage it takes for some of us to just take our kids out of the house because we know the stares and judgment we’ll get just for being different?”

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5 Things I Wish You Knew about Autism

“Every day we choose to define our lives through embracing differences, kindness, understanding, unconditional love, adventure, laughter, hope and faith.”

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My Son Is Teaching Me to Love My Flaws

“My son loves a part of me that I find hard to, and that changes the way I see it.”

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10 Things I Wish 17-Year-Old Me Knew

“Life is beautiful and tragic but here are 10 things I wish I knew before I got older and encountered more and more bad life stuff.”

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Will You Cast the Stone That Will Creates the Ripple of Change?

“When are people going to start speaking up when they see someone that is different treated less?”

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My Kids Are Going Back to School & This Is How I’m Coping

“On the outside, I appear to be calm about my kids going back to school. But I still find myself waking up in the middle of the night from anxiety.”

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10 Things Your Teenager Desperately Needs You to Teach Them

Remember the days when your biggest worry was teaching your toddler to walk or to potty train?

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Girls’ Voices Matter. Here’s 4 Ways to Let Them Know That

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Girls know how to create stories on Instagram. They are experts at Snap streaks. They can run circles around us when it comes to using social media platforms to share photos and their highlight reel as well as…

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Surprisingly Honest Lessons I’ve Learned by Observing My 3 Twenty-Somethings

So, I’ve done the infant thing, toddler thing, pre-school thing…all the way through the teen thing. And if wisdom means knowing what you don’t know, well then parenting has turned me into a side-eye sage. Apparently, I’m wise as all…

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What This Quarantined Parent Wants Teachers to Know

“See, I don’t care if you teach my kids one more thing this semester, and this is why: Just by showing up, by checking in, by caring enough to do this freaking impossible job—you’ve already taught them the only things I really wanted them to get out of school.”

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What to Do This Weekend: Mar. 27-29

Looking for a few new ways to entertain the kids this weekend, beyond all the home science experiments and movie nights—no judgment. (Like, really, none at all, because right there with you.) Fortunately, we’ve uncovered some unique ideas especially for…

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What It’s Like to Parent a Child with Autism & SPD

“When I first found out why my child was in need of extra attention, part of me crumbled. Being a single mom is hard enough, but when you add judgment into the equation from those close to you, you can’t help but feel like you have made a mistake or that you failed your child.”

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4 Reasons Why Co-Sleeping Might Work for You

Could co-sleeping be the sleep solution you’ve been looking for?

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Moms Should Laugh Together More—Here’s Why

How one mom reconciled her ideas of parenting pre-kid vs. post-kid. Here’s what she learned.

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This Wine Subscription Will Make Your Holiday Dreams Come True

If you’ve spent as much time shopping online as we have this holiday season, you might have seen recommendations for Winc, a new wine subscription service.
What is a wine subscription service?
In short, a box of curated wines shows…

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Does Your Toddler Make Better Decisions Than Your Teen? New Study Says Yes

New research shows younger children make better decisions.

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10 Unhealthy Mom Habits We All Need to Stop Now

I like to think that I am a good role model for my children, but the reality is that I mess up a lot. This is something I am very open and honest about. While I do know and understand…

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I Try to Be Grateful for My Family, but 3 Kids on $250,000 Just Isn’t Enough

“I’m on my second glass of wine and debating if I can stay up to watch Netflix or if I should just go to bed.”

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These Are My Children’s Best Friends

At first glance my children’s lovies—Sealy and Lovey—look dirty and warn, but up close they’re the marks and bare patches only a true best friend can have. They have names, characteristics, likes, dislikes and show unconditional love for my children.…

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Scientists Say Kids’ Gender Can Be Found in Their Speech—at Age 5

Surprising new research reveals more insight into children and gender identity.

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This Is How Helicopter Parenting Ruins Childhood Magic

Helicopter Parent: noun, informal noun: helicopter parent; plural noun: helicopter parents

a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.

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This generation has seen the rise of a…

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Do You Make Your Kids Hug Their Relatives? The Girl Scouts Weigh In

The Girl Scouts of America are urging parents to think twice before pushing their kids into hugs they may not want.

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Sometimes Epic Parent Fails Just Happen… And It Totally Doesn’t Matter

Here’s the deal. There are some parenting fails that are epic. There are some truly terrible parents out there. I think we can all agree that if you beat your child or lock them in a closet, those are some…

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11 Things I’ve Learned to Stop Apologizing For

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How often do we start our sentences with “Sorry, I …”
Or, maybe you aren’t starting your sentences with “Sorry…” but you are feeling bad or guilty for saying no or disagreeing with something.

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Why I Let My Kids Feel Every Feeling

All parents say “I want to raise happy and confident children.”  But what does that really mean? And…how do we raise happy and confident children?

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Letting My Daughter Fall Taught Me This Hard but Important Lesson

To all the moms out there who let their kids fall, I’m with you. We can’t learn to get back up if we are never down.

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This Photo of Two Parents in an Airport Sums Up Parenting

One dad took to Facebook to call out parenting he recently witnessed, but not for the reasons you might think.

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Why This Mama Is Saying Yes to Girl Time

Mother Teresa is credited with one of my favorite touch stones:

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“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”
Makes sense, yes?
Then why do we Moms have such a…

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10 Tracking Gadgets That Are Perfect for Families

Keep a firm (literally or digitally) grip on your kids no matter where life takes you.

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“Fake news” is Faking Kids Out, According to a New Study

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Even adults have trouble telling the difference between what’s fake and what’s real, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that “fake news” has fooled kids too. A new study uncovered how challenging it…

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Be My Galentine

Photo: Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh
I heard from an old friend the other day. Tori was cleaning out her childhood bedroom and stumbled upon a note. After all these years, it was still expertly folded.  She and I spent a good chunk…

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