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Want to Raise Respectful Kids? Then You Need to Do This First

If you think your kids aren’t watching you, hearing you or taking in the energy you are putting out into the community—yelling or cussing at another driver who may have cut you off—then you are missing the bigger picture.

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Here’s What Mom Really Wants for Her Big Day

We’ve got the scoop on what the lady of the house really wants for Mother’s Day. Here’s a hint—it’s not flowers.

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How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Atlanta

Whether the mom in your life is outdoorsy, artsy, fancy, or a foodie, we’ve got a great plan for her Mother’s Day, right here.

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Peep On a Perch Is Easter’s Adorable Answer to Elf on the Shelf

Move over Elf—there’s a new holiday friend on the shelf!

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14 Table Manners for Kids of Every Age

Teaching kids proper dining etiquette isn’t old-fashioned—good manners never go out of style.

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This Mom of 2 Created a School-in-the-Box Program Parents Everywhere Need

The Big World of Little Dude has stepped up, and you can, too!

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Why There’s No Such Thing as Magic Words

“When the magic words don’t work—when the child is asking for something the parent is unable or unwilling to give—little Evan or Marguerite is disappointed, even upset to the point of melt-down.”

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Why I Should Get a Say About Raising Your Children

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I know that childless people (of which I am one) like to complain about how parents are raising their kids. I feel confident in saying that virtually every parent has had the experience of going out in public…

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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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How Mrs. Parker’s Charm School Began

A woman, a dream, and the courage to make it a reality.

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Modeling Good Behavior Is Worth a Thousand Lectures

“As parents, we can give a thousand lectures to our kids on how to behave but these will never have as great an impact as the examples we set.”

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10 Dirty Truths For New And Expectant Parents

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Dear Confessional,
What’s grosser than gross? Gross: Cleaning a dirty diaper of brown slime that managed to slide up and all around your sweet baby’s back and stomach, and all over the changing table. Grosser: Once you finally…

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Good Advice: Managing through Mealtime Wars

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Advice from Blogger Ruthi Davis’ “Ask Ruthi” Column:
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Dear Ruthi,
I love my lil’ monsters, but I’m clearly having “one of those weeks.” Can you please help me? I feel…

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Parental Privilege to Hypocrisy, Top 10

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Dear Confessional,
I admit it. I’m a complete hypocrite. I’m not afraid to say it, and a part of me believes that I truly deserve it. The “practice what you preach” philosophy is ok to a…

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I Will Not Have Rude Kids at My Holiday Table

‘Tis the season for fancy manners and an appreciation for the hard work that goes into holiday preparations.

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The Secret to Raising Polite Kids? Ask Victoria Beckham

Posh Spice could be the new Ms. Manners—for kids.

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Here’s How Alexa Responds If Your Kids Ask Where Babies Come From

Alexa will also (thankfully) help keep the magic of Santa alive, too.

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This Is How I Teach My Child Simple Manners (You’re Welcome)

I’m always delighted to learn from a friend or acquaintance that my child was polite without prompting.

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What I’m Worried Most about My Kids Starting Kindergarten

Kindergarten will be a whole new world—and I am worried.

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How to Make Your Kid’s Trip to the Museum a Work of Parenting Art

Taking your family to the art museum isn’t such a risky idea after all.

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Yes, Matthew McConaughey Really Did Give out Free Turkeys to an Entire Town

The actor recently teamed up with Wild Turkey and Butterball to deliver turkeys to the residents of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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From Manners to Empathy, 5 Skills That Tech Might Be Eroding

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media

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You started with the best intentions. Your kid needed a laptop for homework. Your tween needed a phone to text you after school. You wanted a Fitbit to lose…

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How I’m Using This Helpful Phrase as a Call to Action at Kid Parties

This Spoke contributor uses this one easy phrase as a call to action at birthday parties.

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Read It, Do It! Make Your Favorite Book Come to Life

Today is National Book Lovers Day! Almost any kid’s book can be turned into a real-life adventure but we’ve picked three to get you started.

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Pinkies Up!: New Etiquette Class for Kids at The Plaza

Manners matter! (And it doesn’t hurt to know which fork to use.)

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A Recipe for Family Time: 5 Easy Ingredients to Turn Meal Prep Into Family Time

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I’m Meredith Sinclair, Juicy Juice Family Time Expert, and I’ve got you covered with easy tips to turn everyday to-dos into quality family time – starting with meal prep!
According to a Pew Research Center report, nearly…

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Mani Power: The Best Kid-Friendly Nail Salons Around D.C.

Need a self-care day (or an hour)? Check out these hand and feet pampering salons that are both grown-up- and kid-friendly.

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Today Is National #ThankYouNote Day

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Today Is National #ThankYouNote Day

Thank you very, very much.

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You can write a note or you can push the envelope with these clever ideas.

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Merci, grazie, gracias. There’s more than one way to express your gratitude:…

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Keepin’ the South in Our Mouth and the Humbleness in Our Hearts

“Well bless her heart” is something you do not hear often in the west. When I use to work retail out in San Leandro, California, I would get the sentence “You must be from the south” all the time. I…

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I Don’t Want to Be a Helicopter Mom, But…

I don’t want to be a helicopter mom, but your mannerless, doesn’t respect others, kid is making me super overprotective. Your kid almost ruined a perfect day at the park for me and my family. Where were you? Oh, is…

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Mind Your Manners! Where LA Kids Learn Their Ps & Qs

If you haven’t heard “please” or “thank you” in a while, we can fix that!

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Today Is Teacher Appreciation Day

 

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Today Is Teacher Appreciation Day

Are your pupils dilated yet?

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Present your teachers with this sweet Teacher Appreciation Certificate
to show how much they really mean to you.

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From manners to arithmetic, teachers drop wisdom every…

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Literary Locals: Create a D.C.-Inspired Reading List

Check out these inventive and kid-friendly tales written by super-creative D.C.-based authors. Some of them may surprise you!

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Yes, Please! Etiquette Classes for Atlanta’s Small Set

Read on for our picks for Atlanta etiquette classes and send your child into their future more confident and considerate.

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