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Best Children’s Books of 2021, So Far

Time for an Amazon shopping haul.

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Check In with Your Children

“They need to be assured that while life is messy, we can all get through it together.”

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Best NYC Museum Exhibits to See with Kids Now

Big names are on deck for fall shows: The Obamas, Christian Dior, Oscar the Grouch and RBG. Plus: cool cars, the Transit Museum reopens and the key to happiness!

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28 Phrases to Help Calm an Anxious Kid

Simple things like “let’s count to 20 together” are a huge help.

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Help Is on the Way: Online & App Resources for Expectant & New Parents

Get answers to your pregnancy and baby questions without having to leave your home.

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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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6 Ways to Explore Nature with Preschoolers

Going outside gets them physically moving, which can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep—and more sleep at this age is always a win, both for children and tired parents!

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3 Tips for Getting Out of the Post Pandemic “Funk”

Exercise can increase your feel good hormones but if you are rolling your eyes at the thought of hitting the gym, know that a dance party in your living room can be just as effective.

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This New Platform Puts Expert Mental Health Care for Your Kids At Your Fingertips

No matter how many parenting books or advice columns you read, it can be challenging to navigate emotions and stages and to know what is “normal” for our kids. That’s where this first-of-its-kind service, Little Otter, comes in! Little Otter …

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How to Help Your Child Manage Their Anxiety When You Have Anxiety Too

“You aren’t expected to manage your stress right every time. The cool thing about having a kid is that they force us to grow into the type of people we want to be because we, whether we choose to or not, lead by example.”

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Why You Should Nurture Your Kid’s Emotional Intelligence

“Research shows high levels of emotional intelligence are directly linked to academic achievement, better relationships, greater success for adulthood, and improved mental health.”

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9 Reasons Learning a Musical Instrument Benefits Kids

From improving math skills to providing stress relief—learning a musical instrument has a host of unexpected advantages.

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7 Simple Health Hacks for Families

Some seriously clever ways you can get healthier without spending a dime.

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How to Use Social Media Without Judging Yourself—or Your Kids

Photo: Christina Furnival via Real Life Mama
Who uses social media? 
*Counts sea of hands* 

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Do you ever notice how social media can mess with our understanding of our individual children’s developmental paths? We often…

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What It Takes to Raise Socially Aware Children

“I’ve found that boosting my girls’ social awareness, compassion, and empathy boils down to embracing these practices.”

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NYC’s Best Instagram Pop-Up Spots for Kids This Fall

Surround yourself with Van Gogh! Step into a kaleidoscope! Bend your mind with illusions! There’s an immersive, photo-friendly experience for every kind of family in New York this season.

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Now Hear This: Top Pregnancy & Parenting Podcasts You’ll Love

Whether you’re looking for laughs, parenting advice or just an informed grown-up voice, these are the podcasts you’ll want to subscribe to.

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The Fire Extinguisher Solution to Parenting

“I always mean well, but it doesn’t always end well. Unfortunately, my watery methods don’t always mix with my children’s sometimes oily troubles.”

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How to Manage Summer with Your Kids in an Almost Post-Pandemic World

“As you and your family launch into this summer, remind yourself about what matters most in your life and what you want out of it.”

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Yes, Sexting Happens in Middle School. Here’s How to Talk to Kids about It

“Developing healthy online habits takes attention, discussion, and lots of practice. The road is full of bumps but luckily gets smoother as parents help kids navigate the potholes.”

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Morning Coffee with a Side of Mom Guilt

“Despite the fact that my coffee was already brewing, and I had a lot to do, I remained in bed pulling the covers over my head, stuck in my own head, feeling tremendous amounts of mom guilt.”

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Dear White Allies

“It’s time to carry the burden with our black community.”

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The Best Places to Learn About Asian American History

It’s Asian American History Month. From the Wing Luke Museum to the Smithsonian and National Park sites, here are some of the best places to learn about Asian American history.

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4 Ways to Help Your Teen Daughter with Her Struggles & Stress Right Now

“Teen girls get my utmost empathy and compassion. Life is just tough right now. Here’s how you can help her with her mental health.”

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The Mind-Body Wellness Benefits of Tea for Parents

“We all need a little morning energy boost, midday pick-me-up, or evening relaxer every now and then, but not all are as beneficial to our overall health and wellness as tea.”

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10 Organizations You Can Donate to for Mother’s Day (because She’s Got Plenty of Mugs)

What better way to celebrate the mother figure in your life than gifting something moms need at every stage—support.

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How to Tame Your Child’s Sleep Monster

“Physically, kids who do not get enough sleep are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, smaller stature, weakened immune system, and obesity.”

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15 Women-Owned Businesses Seattle Parents Need to Know

When it comes to innovative ideas, practical products and community-minded missions, these local businesses are crushing it.

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7 Ways to Have the Healthiest Summer Yet

“These are simple ways to improve your health so you can have the healthiest summer ever.”

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Can Video Games Help a Child’s Learning & Development?

“Now there’s a more balanced view of video games and how they can help kids learn, grow and thrive.”

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11 Ways to Build Resiliency in Children

“Resilience is the foundation of a child’s mental health, confidence, self-regulation, stress management and response to difficult events—like the pandemic.”

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Is Day Camp Possible & How Do I Choose the Right One?

“There are 5 things that summer camps offer as fundamental experiences and are critically needed for children now more than ever. If you feel comfortable with the idea of sending your kids to camp, here’s how to pick a day camp given these unusual times.”

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When Your Teen Is Drowning in Their Mental Health Problems

“They need heroes in mental health. They need to hear if you fought with depression every day or anxiety kept you from functioning some weeks. They need to know that there are mental health heroes all around them.”

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Why You Should Reduce Your Child’s Tech Use

“Limit the use, be open to discussions about the good and bad of tech, and encourage your children to spend time outside while their phones stay at home.”

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Got Toddler Behavior Issues? This Program Can Help

New research found a way to help behavioral issues in children as young as 12-months.

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Why Sharing Your True Motherhood Story Really Matters

“In a world inundated with picture-perfect posts, matching outfits, and gushing gratitude…those women who experience life and motherhood differently can feel like something is wrong with them.”

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