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10 Tips for Traveling with Teens & Tweens

“The more your teen is involved in the planning process, the more vested they will be in having a good time on the trip!”

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I Didn’t See My Son’s Disability Until He Was 15

“After I finally saw him and his invisible disability, I was crushed with guilt. How could I, as his loving mother, not see what was there before my eyes? Not seeing him kept me from giving the support he truly needed.”

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Now Read This! Top Baby, Pregnancy & Parenting Blogs to Follow Now

Straight talk, big laughs and lots of good advice are just seconds away with these blogs for new moms and moms-to-be.

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I Tried the New Family Setup Feature on Apple Watch & Here’s What I Really Think

“Our life has changed dramatically in the last year, and I never thought an Apple Watch would be such a lifeline.”

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13 Easter Movies to Watch with Your Kids

These seasonal flicks are sure to delight your Flopsy, Mopsy, and Peter Cottontails.

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The Guilt of Being an Older Mom of a Single Child

“Not being able to give my son a sibling is the one thing I feel most guilty about. But one day I will tell my son about how he was conceived and how we tried to give him a sibling.”

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The Best 100+ New Books of 2020, According to Our Kids

From board books that teach kids about activism to gorgeous picture books that inspire empathy to chapter books and graphic novels full of diverse characters, 2020 was a great year to read! These are the children’s books that really stood out to our editors and their kids. 

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Quarantined in Motherhood

“I don’t want to post COVID haircuts or snaps of homemade bread. Maybe tomorrow will be different, but I’m not going to pretend it’s all right when it’s not.”

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The Best Learning Toys, Games & Gear to Get You Through the Pandemic

Entertaining and educational finds kids will love.

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How Do I Tell My Only Child They’re Getting a Sibling?

Photo: littlefolksbigquestions.com
Before answering this question, I always begin by asking a parent to imagine what it would be like if their spouse or partner made an announcement one day, out of the blue, that went something like this: 
“I…

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Best New Children’s Books of January 2020

Welcome to the best books published in 2020, so far…

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The Advantages of Having Siblings (from Someone Who Didn’t Have Any)

Growing up as an only child, I never wanted siblings. But through the mom friends I’ve made, I am beginning to see the plus side to having siblings.

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What Stage of Motherhood Are You In?

Just as kids have their various stages, so do Moms! Which stage are you in? Are you a Newborn Mom or an Amazon Mom?

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A Letter to My “First Baby”

Everything was about to change. And you, my sweet pup, would no longer be an “only child.”

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Family Tales: How Being a Working Mom Has Made Me a Better Parent

We hear from one Colorado mom who dishes about why being a SAHM just wasn’t for her.

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7 Creative Snow Day Boredom Busters to Save Your Sanity, Too

Snow day: they can be a beautiful thing and a scary thing. We love staying in our pajamas, skipping our commute to work and having that second (or third) cup of coffee. But it can also prove difficult to keep…

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Boy’s Reaction to Finding out He’s Getting Twin Sisters Will Make You Sob

You won’t believe how this boy felt about becoming a big brother.

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Here’s the One Piece of Technology You Need This Holiday Season

There’s a lot to be thankful for this week, and the new Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet is one of them!

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Here’s Why I’m Happy My Son is an Only Child

Most mothers I’ve spoken to knew how many children they wanted long before pregnancy.
Some say two – the traditional family of one boy and one girl. For others, the magic number is three, or even four maybe.
Another friend…

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How I Healed My Abusive Childhood

I grew up the only child of a poor single mother who, because of her own demons, couldn’t give me the attention that every child deserves.  When I was seven, a man offered to let me attend his sleepaway camp…

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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad That My Husband Doesn’t Have Sons

Now that our oldest two are at the ages of understanding what’s being said around them and picking up on just about everything (little sponges) I cringe every time this topic is brought up, I’m smiling on the outside but…

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A Tribute To All Of The Moms In My Life

Just when you thought the Mother’s Day posts had to be done, here’s yet another…
What started as a Facebook post ended in a realization…there are soooooo many mothers who have impacted my life, who have taught me how to be a…

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Mom, I’m Really Sorry and Here’s Why

I vowed never to be like my mom, and I really meant it.
She was mean. The true definition of the word: unpleasant, sometimes even unkind.

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Truth is, even into my 20’s, I wasn’t crazy about her.
I…

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11 Hysterical Kids Who Might Have Preferred to Stay an Only Child

These kids could hardly contain their emotions over having new siblings.

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Pregnancy and the Horse Latitudes: When the Final Weeks Feel Endless

Photo: Lauren Wellbank
Have you ever heard the phrase horse latitudes before?  If you haven’t, don’t worry, it’s an outdated term with several different interpretations that the average person would have no call to know. The origins of the saying…

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Dear Son: I Want to Tell You About Your Brother in Heaven

Dear Son,
I don’t know how to tell you this exactly, but you have a brother. He’s very different from other brothers. You can’t play with him, steal his food or toys, fight for my attention, or give him hugs…

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Reasons Why a Toddler is the Very Worst Pregnancy Wingman

Being pregnant is a wonderful, amazing, miracle of an experience.  You get to create this life inside of you, and then feel it grow and develop.  Eventually you baby grows to become a tiny person that you will grow to…

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Does Having Children Really Change Who You Are?

Photo: Family photo of mom and I
As I was walking home from dropping off our kids at school with my neighbor, he confided in me that his daughter had come home to him the night before in tears. He…

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Caillou The Brat: The Force That Unites Us All

There is so much hatred in the world these days.
People are hated for their political preferences, race, religion and the like. There seems no end to what people will attack each other over. We must find a way to…

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Will Kids Remember The Little Arguments?

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“MOOOOOOOOOOOMMM-OMMMMMMMMMMM!
Tyler is not playing with me.”
Silence.
Tyler: “Mom, Evan clearly agreed he would play MY choice of game next and now he’s reneging on that promise!”
5-year-old Evan:  “That’s because I don’t EVEN KNOW what ree-wig…

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Top 10 Ways Having an Only Child Is Awesome

While  I still feel like there is another child missing from our home, the reality of the matter is that having another baby will require a larger than normal miracle. Infertility has stolen away so much from me and now…

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The Gift that Keeps Giving

My parents gave me many gifts, and growing up as an only child made that pretty easy.  I had a purple Barbie boom box, a Barbie house, Guess jeans, Easy Bake Oven… you get the drift.  But I think the…

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Cool D.C. Parent to Know: The Hostess With the Mostess

This party planning mom of three uses her Southern charm to help Washingtonians host fabulous fetes for guests of all ages.

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What’s Wrong With One?

There’s something about parenthood that brings out the nosiest and crazy in some people. From the moment you become pregnant, the personal questions begin that are full of judgment if you answer “incorrectly” according to the inquirer’s beliefs.
Will you…

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Blackberry (B)rambles: On Tradition

I haven’t lived in Seattle all that long. At my core I’m a spiny east coaster who, upon relocating, didn’t have a clue what it would be like to live and raise my son on the ‘other side.’ It was truly the…

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