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Your Kids’ Shoe-Tying Troubles Are Over with This Simple Trick

This easy-to-follow tutorial will have your kids tying their shoes in no time.

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Virtual Reality-Based Therapy for Neurodivergent Individuals?

“It is important that neurodivergent individuals are given options to learn and grow to diminish or conquer particular challenges.”

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New Study Shows How Therapy Dogs Impact Kids’ Social Skills

Therapy dogs can help children to learn social skills in a meaningful way.

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From Survival Mode to Thriving

“I remember that for so long I just got up day after day putting one foot in front of the other just doing but not really understanding where we were going or if it truly will get better. Just in survival mode really.”

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If Your Little One Is Struggling with Anxiety

“This little girl did the work. And now, as a teen, she is thriving. Anxiety creeps in every now and then but she has the tools to stop it long before it attempts to take over.”

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Make Kindness the New Varsity Sport

“Let’s make a daily, conscious decision to devote practice hours to be more loving and kind players in the game of life.”

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How to Start Making Life Happen for You

” Life is about partnering with the right people, at the right time. Life is about asking questions and asking for help when you need it.”

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Anchoring Your Family Values

“When your values are unclear or not practiced, it can be difficult to be consistent with decision making, disciplining, and just finding an overall direction.”

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Parents on the First Day of (Home) School

We are all in this together…right?!

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Barbara Bush Podcast

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Launches New Podcast for Kids

This new podcast for families will feature original recordings from the radio program of the same name.

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Makeup

Mark Wahlberg Gets a Full Makeover from His Daughter

He showed off his manicure on his Instagram story.

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Happy Family Organics Launches New Baby Food Line with a Mission

The baby food is made with ingredients grown using regenerative farming practices that can help to mitigate climate change.

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Nature and Nurture: The Origins of Compassion

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With the tense atmosphere that has surrounded our culture in the past few weeks, I’m thinking about compassion today. As parents, most of want to instill an understanding of compassion and kindness towards others in our children. It…

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’Tis the Season to Be Flexible

The holiday season can be difficult for divorced parents to co-parent but that doesn’t mean they have to be. Here’s a little advice from someone who knows about it all too well.

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How to Prepare Your Kids for Natural Disasters

We know that preparing for disasters is daunting. On top of everything else to do and worry about as a parent, sometimes, the last thing you want to do is prepare, but knowledge is power and helps teach resilience—key skills kids need today.

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This Mom’s Comics Perfectly Illustrate What Parenthood IRL vs. Your Imagination

If parenting is exactly what you pictured, you’ll love these comics.

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How to Rock Being a Sports Mom Like the Boss You Already Are

As the mom of four athletes, I’ve experienced the highs and lows associated with youth sports.

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I Am Not a Bad Mom—I Just Need to Re-Train My Brain

I had to stop thinking about what I did wrong that day and instead, focus on what I did right.

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How Cup Stacking Can Help Kids with Autism

Jesse Horn’s unique story of coming to this unique sport is an inspiration for the autism community.

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Meditation for Parents: A Guide for Beginners

Take your first step towards a more harmonious home life.

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What The REAL Teenage Years Are Like

Diapers and strollers and sippy cups have become boxer shorts and MetroCards and coffee cups.

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Why Yes, You Can Teach a Toddler to Ride a Bike—Here’s How

“You’re doing it! Look at you go!” I shout at our 3-year-old son as he pedals his wobbly bike—without training wheels—down the street.
“He’s only 3?” I can year you asking yourself. Yes, that’s right. It can be accomplished. Wave…

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This Is How to Survive Even the Worst Sleep Regression

Did you know your baby will go through three major sleep regressions during his or her first year of life? I bet you didn’t think about that when you first wanted to get pregnant: Sleep regressions, what now? Yes—this is…

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5 Amazing Ideas for Authentic Self-Care for Worn-Out Mamas

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for the conventional self-care practices like bubble baths, long walks and naps. In fact, I have an entire list of practical self-care ideas for moms. But I also want to talk about the…

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Can Intelligence Be Developed? It Can and Here’s How

Growth mindset, the concept that intelligence can be developed, has become more and more accepted in the education landscape. Carol Dweck, a Stanford University professor and a household name in education, has taught us through her research that with a…

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How the Kindness of a Stranger at IHOP Lessened My Single Mom Loneliness

It was our final day of Disneyland, and I was feeling like a world champion. I had planned and paid for this trip, arranged for pet care with my standard multiple pages of instructions, packed for every possible mother-son contingency,…

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Teaching My Daughters How to Be Lions Instead of Lambs

I come from a line of strong women. Women who worked hard for every dollar they ever made and raised a family, kept a home, and worked fields for harvest all in a day. Women who couldn’t go to college…

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Just Opened: Mummies at AMNH

You’ve never seen them like this before!

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To Raise Brave Girls, You Must Encourage This Single Trait

photo: Woodley Wonder Works via Flickr
Bravery is often a trait valued in boys more than girls, but it’s a quality that all kids — regardless of gender — need to succeed as adults. To help girls overcome the stigma…

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3 Things We Do To Keep Our Relationship Strong: His & Her Answers

Photo: Mary Maupin
Anyone reading this should take my words with a grain of salt. My husband and I went through a really rough patch last year. In fact, it was almost exactly a year ago that my husband and…

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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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Seven Reasons Why I Will Appreciate my Kids This Year, Despite the Memes

Photo: Phoebe Farag Mikhail
It was a friend’s comment on a fairly innocuous Facebook post that stopped me in my tracks. I had shared one of the many humorous cartoons and memes depicting the challenges of parenthood. A friend who…

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How To Make A Nature Mandala

Today was really gloomy out, but that didn’t stop us from getting out and exploring in Leona Canyon in Oakland. Lately, Poppy has stayed in her carrier–I’ve switched it up a bit and allowed her to hike a mile or so…

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You’re Invited: Shakespeare’s Big Birthday Bash

We know your kids probably have a million birthday parties to go to this year, but this one won’t require a last minute stop at the toy store and some recycled wrapping paper.

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Just Opened: Woodland Park Zoo’s Bamboo Forest Reserve

What could be better than the amazingly gorgeous weather that the local weather channels have been promising for the next week? How about adding a new exhibit at the zoo to the mix? Yes, please, with cute little otters on…

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