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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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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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I’m Scared for Our Daughters

“As I raise daughters in today’s world, I am often scared. Scared for their safety and for mine.”

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My Baby Failed Her Genetic Screen. Here’s What Happened Next

“My doctor kept talking, but my brain only heard the words ‘abnormal’ and ‘spina bifida.’ What this would mean for our family?”

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How Self Love Got Me through High School

“This girl, as miserable as she was, woke up each day, maybe a bit shaky and not as strong as she hoped to be, and placed one foot in front of the other, saying a silent prayer for this day to move along and to find some joy.”

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What to Say to Someone Who Experienced a Miscarriage

When someone you know or love suffers a miscarriage, you may feel lost and don’t know what to say or do. Read this to help guide you and help ease their pain.

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Motherhood is a Neverending Exam

I have been a Mother for 2.5 years now. It really does require complete patience. Being a Mother is the most unselfish thing I have ever done in my life. I am constantly thinking of someone else. Not just someone else.…

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25 Ways to Engage Your Toddler in the Season of Giving

In the spirit of giving, here are 25 Advent Acts of Kindness that even your toddler can do.

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I Want to Be the Dad My Son Sees in Me

The fact that I’ve made such an impression as a dad, that my son wants to be what I am when he grows up, is humbling. It’s my hope and prayer that I can be the dad that he wants to be someday.

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How Parents Step Back & Create Harmony When They’re Feeling Overwhelmed

“Emotional drama can sweep through a family faster than the sniffles kids bring home from school.”

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Culture Trip: Explore Istanbul with Kids

Istanbul straddles both Asia and Europe and offers a cultural experience for families like no other.

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Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week: September 7, 2018

Our newest batch of funny tweets to get you through the first week of school.

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Welcome to the Circus That Is Putting My Children to Bed

“Oh crap, wait…these are my monkeys. This is my circus.”

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6 Secrets to Achieving Meaningful & Productive Parenting

Dad comes strolling in the door after a long day of work. Mom welcomes him with a smile, dressed in an attractive outfit (no, not those pajama sweats). The house is in order, everything in its place (sort of like…

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Why I Clean My Apartment Every Night

If you enter my apartment around 5 p.m., tread with care. You will likely find a city of blocks hiding under seemingly cushy piles of fairy tutus. The stroller will have turned into a puppet show theater with toddler chairs…

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Best Tips on Finding the Perfect Childcare

I was talking to a mom the other day—let’s call her Beth—who shared with me a daycare horror story. Beth put her daughter in a daycare near her home that looked quaint. As a new mom, she didn’t know any…

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Mom Love Languages: Ways Mom Says I Love You Without Saying a Word

Moms make the world go round. Maybe not literally, but I can assure you that many moms make the world go round for their families. Without a mom doing her mom duties, life wouldn’t flow smoothly, hungry bellies would not…

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To Spice Up Our Love Life, I Surprised My Husband With Bacon

 
Photo: my own photos
This started with a fellow blogger who posted gift ideas on her blog… for him. One of the gifts was cufflinks (cool, but not so much for my hubbs, would never wear them), the other,…

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How to Organize a Big Family

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“How do you do it all?”
People ask me this question often about how I balance the needs of a bigger family (5 kids, 2 adults) in today’s modern world. We aren’t a huge family but bigger than…

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The Mom’s Guide to Getting Your Kid to Wear a Winter Coat

Photo: Jen Gregory
What is it with kids and coats?! I love coats. I just bought another one last week. (It was on sale, I swear.) I’m already fantasizing about the coat I want to buy for next winter. Canada Goose, please!…

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5 Ways to Teach Your Child Empathy

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Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The lack there of is the cause of many social ills that we see in society today. Children that become adults without being taught…

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Dear Emily – What My Two-Year-Old is Teaching Me About Life

Dear Emily,
I need to talk to you.

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I see the hesitation on your passionate little face. You’re expecting me to warn, “We don’t…” or “What do we say?” or “Stop…” or “1…2…”
It’s been…

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What Do 1989 & 2016 Have In Common? More Than You Think!

We decided to time travel back to 1989 when Nintendo first debuted the Game Boy, its first ever hand-held gaming device. How many of these things do you remember?

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