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I Knew My Kids Needed to Have Siblings but We Got So Much More

“All siblings are special and their bonds should be celebrated. But, the bond of a special needs sibling is like no other. It is simple and patient and kind.”

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Why I Parent from a Place of Love & Not Fear

“Losing my last born son has not made me coddle my remaining two children. Surprisingly, it has given me more confidence as a mother. I know what it’s like to lose a child, and I no longer fear death.”

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Why Some Marriages Fail: My Experience Revealed

“Though I cannot go back and correct the past, I will always make good the lessons learned by investing in the present and hoping for a better and prosperous future.”

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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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One Research-Backed Way to Diminish Toddler Tantrums

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All I wanted was to walk on the treadmill for maybe…20 minutes. Is that too much to ask?
I had a great plan–I would hop on the treadmill in the basement while my son (age 2 at the…

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How to Break a Gaming Addiction When You Have Kids

Gaming can be a great stress-reliever, but it can also take up a lot of time and distract you from caring for your new baby and the needs of your family. Here are some painless ways to address (and help) your gaming addiction.

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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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5 Ways to Start Saving for Your Kid’s College Fund

Think saving for college is unattainable? These 5 easy steps will help get you there, one dollar at a time.

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10 Bittersweet Signs Your Kids Are All Grown Up

Whether dreaded or welcomed, there comes a time when your child will no longer need you in the same way they used to. Here are 10 signs that show they’ve really grown up.

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As My Kids Grow Up, I Feel Sadness for What We Have Lost

It seems like at every age and stage they have gone through I’ve said, “This is my favorite age”.  Now I find myself questioning how I feel about this stage.

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Here’s Why Parenting Looks So Much Harder Than It Really Is (Sometimes)

“Here’s the reason why parents find it so difficult to be the parent that they should be.”

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Here’s Something Millennials Aren’t Ruining: Marriage

Millennials get blamed for a lot—but you can’t blame them for having lasting marriages.

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Parents: Don’t Be the Gorilla (Even When Your Family Feels Like a Zoo)

“Boy, is it easy to get caught up in drama. Your kids, my kids…what’s fair and not fair?”

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What Happened When I Let My Kid Say “Crap”

“My mom lets me say the C-word now!”

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New Netflix Parental Control Options: What You Need to Know

Two new changes to parental controls on Netflix mean a safer, more customized viewing experience for the whole family.

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These Are the 6 Reasons I Love Being an Older Mom

I conceived my son at the age of 42 via sperm and egg donation. When I was 39, I had no partner and realized I needed to consider single motherhood.  Although, I saw the end of my fertility looming, it…

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Why I Don’t Mind That My Garden Is Full of Weeds

Our tomato plot looks like a jungle that has not been inhabited by humans for hundreds of years.  Trailing branches reach beyond their cages and across what used to be tidy, grass-covered rows to neighboring plants.  They intermingle where we…

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Splitting Summers with My Son’s Dad Taught Me These Amazing Lessons

For as long as my son can remember my son has always spent at least part of the summer with his dad. Having to split those summers in half feels a lot like having to split your heart in half.

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These Two Doctors Tested out Diaperless Potty Training So You Don’t Have To

Wish you could kick those diapers to the curb? These doctors did by observing their infant’s natural timing and cues.

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Tough Conversations with Kids: Honesty is Key

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Why is it important as a mom to be honest with your children, rather than to sugar coat or avoid hard topics?
Our kids are watching us all the time. If they see us avoiding hard topics,…

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Older Moms Make Better Parents, A New Study Finds

 

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Whether you choose to postpone motherhood by choice or necessity, there has often been a stigma attached to being an older mom. A new study blows any negative assumptions out of the water, however, with…

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When are Kid Birds Ready to Fly?

Laying upside-down on the piano bench, my six-year-old son made the most startling discovery: Our family was expecting… baby birdies!
Sure enough, a mourning dove had hid her nest above the columns on our front porch. As if under a spotlight, her nest…

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Having Baby #3, 12 Years Later

Back when I was basically a child (even though I thought I was SUPER mature, right?), I had two children. I happily welcomed them into the world, but to be honest 12 years later I only have bits of memories…

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Handling Halloween with Food Intolerances

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Halloween is a mixed emotion day for anyone with food allergies or intolerances. It’s hard to be a kid and go from the excitement of having a bag full of candy to the disappointment of setting aside all…

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I Have A Favorite Child And I’m Not Ashamed To Admit It

Let me preface this by saying that both of my kids are all sorts of awesome and amazing in their own right–as well as incredibly frustrating. But I did create some rather great kids, despite what I’m about to share.…

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