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6 Ways to Practice Self-Love Daily

“Say it with me: self-care is not selfish. It is you taking care of your basic needs and rights as a human being.”

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Parenting Is Living Between Worry & Wonder

Worry and wonder are so intertwined in parenting that neither can exist without the other.

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The Precious Gifts of Failure & Empathy

“Today I hope you will accept the gift of my admitted failures and give someone else a precious gift. The gift of your own failure, your empathy, tears, forgiveness…and love. We will be OK. Because we are in this together.”

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7 Things I’m Insisting on Teaching My Girls

“Raising girls is hard and the hardest thing I’ve ever done, by far. But I’m doing my best to instill these strong values in my girls so they will feel empowered for the rest of their lives and know their strength and happiness comes from within them.”

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T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls Sold Recalled Infant Sleepers

If you have infant sleepers of any kind stop, use immediately.

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4 Reasons Why Co-Sleeping Might Work for You

Could co-sleeping be the sleep solution you’ve been looking for?

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Life Lessons from a Sweet Tooth

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Dear Confessional,
I’m sorry, but life is not “like a box of chocolates,” because if it were, then each bite would be sweet and probably not last more than 10 minutes in my hands (especially if they were…

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More Than a Wave-Jumper

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photo
Dear Confessional,
I’ve almost drowned three times. I’m a terrible swimmer. I am an adult woman with four children who swim better than I do—and yet I still pinch my nose under water and doggy paddle.…

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A Love Letter to Moms

It is hard being the sun and rain and night and day for these little ones, but remember to honor and love yourself as much as you do your children.

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Moms, Honor Yourself for Everything You Are

“Do you remember a time in your life when you refused to be pushed aside? That doesn’t have to go away just because you have children.”

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My Secret Sanity-Saver When Traveling with an Anxious Child

We lived in Europe for three years and traveled to more than 20 countries with our boys. But one kid used to drive us crazy on every trip.
“Where are we sleeping tonight? Where are we sleeping tomorrow? How long…

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Almond Joysicles

These are like the candy bar, only better!

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This Trusted Preschool Wants to Make You a Better Parent

This beloved nationwide preschool offers webinars for parents to help you tackle the tough topics, on your own time.

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Recall Alert: These Toy Xylophones Pose Choking Hazard

It’s time to check your little one’s toy box.

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3 Big Questions My 7-Year-Old Son Asked Me—& How I Answered (as Best I Could)

We all want to be accepted to some degree. That’s one of those things that doesn’t change with age. Whether you’re 5 or 55, we all desire some form of outside validation. If this is true, how can we teach…

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9 Earth-Shattering Ways My Kids Have Changed Me

The experience of parenting has been slowly and dramatically changing the person that I am. They are making me better. Here’s how.

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Here’s Why I’m Proud to Be Divorced & No, I’m Not a Failure

I’m not going to hide in the shadows of divorce shame.

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This Video Sums up Sibling Love at Its Finest

When push comes to shove, this little boy will always have his sister’s back.

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This Is Why I Won’t Shut down My Son’s Dreams, No Matter What They Are

All mothers want what’s best for their children, but sometimes it’s a struggle between expressing concern and exerting power or control.
As the mother of a 7-year-old, I still have the luxury of being in control of most aspects of…

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Amazon Returns Just Got Much Easier

Your days of waiting in line at the post office to return an Amazon order are about to end.

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The Real Cost of Having a Baby, According to Research

Find out how much your new baby will actually cost you.

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Sunday Fun-day: a Guide to Sunday Parkways Events

Grab your bikes and strap on your skates. Don’t miss your day to own the streets at a Sunday Parkways event near you.

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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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I Miss My Life Before I Was a Mom…Do You?

I love how I live in a part of the world where we get four seasons. I love when I wake up early and step outside and the crisp air washes over my face. The dew on the grass is…

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Finding Your Tribe in a New City

Photo: Cam Bowman
We moved to Southern California going on two years ago now. The move was a really good decision and the only regret was leaving behind my tribe of real life friends in San Francisco. Don’t get me…

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Teaching Baby To Learn Two Languages

My husband and I are both children of immigrants: his parents are German, mine, Italian. We both grew up bilingual as a result.
Because it’s so hard to learn a new language as an adult, and it’s such a valuable…

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D.C.’s Globally-Inspired, Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots

Check out these D.C. brunch spots that give you global vibes without the prep and planning.

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10 Parents Confess: The ONE Thing They Regret Saying to Their Kids

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Once you make a promise to a kid, they will hold you to it. And if you say something you regret, they’ll never let you live it down. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take “backsies” on…

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I’m Not Ready to Say Goodbye to My Babies

You both turn a year older next week. I’ll soon have 8 and 13-year-old boys.
I’m not ready.

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I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster this week, due to the simple fact that, I’m not…

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Teaching Our Children To Defend Others

Photo: Tyler Jacobson
We can all remember the “weird” kids from our youth. Those feelings of unease and uncertainty when they would get teased or harassed for being a little bit different; knowing that we should probably say something to…

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The 7 Stages of Deciding to Host a Kid’s Birthday Party at Home

Like going to spin class and owning a ferret, there are certain things in life that sound much better in theory than they are in practice. You do the thing, regret the thing, vow to never do the thing again,…

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Letters to My Daughter

Photo: Shannon Gauger
I have FINALLY started something that I have been wanting to do for awhile now. The years seems to be flying by (just as everyone says they will/do) and I know that as kids get older communication…

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Parents Suffering From “Baby Name Regret” Change Daughter’s Name

Baby name regret. It happens. Click through to read about this mom’s experience.

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10 Thoughts Every Sleep Deprived Parent Has

Exhausted? Baby won’t sleep through the night? Have an early waker? See if any of these sleep-deprived parent-isms ring true with you.

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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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