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How to Make Back-to-School Special for Little Ones Still at Home

The hallmarks of the back-to-school season look different for younger siblings, but with intentionality and planning, they can still signal excitement, structure, and promise for what’s to come.

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The Creative Guide to Preparing Your Kids for School

Whether your child is filled with excitement or dread, these fun activities will support them through their journey so that they can succeed.

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Relieve Back-to-School Stress with Connection & Routine

As fall approaches, we know kids (and you!) may have some extra back-to-school jitters this year. To relieve potential stress, start practicing these social-emotional skills now.

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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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Tips for Navigating Fireworks with Dogs

Kids (and kids at heart) all look forward to staying up late and watching fireworks over the summer. But dogs? Not so much. Those loud booms, pops and crackles are enough to make them beeline it for a spot under…

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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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LA’s Newest Game-Changing Coworking Spaces with Childcare

Calling all part-time, freelance and work-at-home moms: This is the solution you’ve been waiting for.

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The Real Reason Motherhood Is So Hard

The real reason being a mom today is so hard? The guilt and expectations of motherhood and womanhood are all-encompassing and exhausting.

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What’s Up, Doc? Your Guide to Well-Baby Doctor Visits During Baby’s First Year

Find out what to bring and what to expect at your well-baby visits with your pediatrician.

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5 Ways to Reduce Pet Anxiety as We Get Ready to Leave Home Again

“It’s important to know that new routines can be tricky for humans and animals alike, but rest assured that with patience and persistence, you and your pup can get through it together.”

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What Happens if My Kid Curses in French? (& Other Daycare Questions)

My kids each started daycare at a respectable three months old, thanks in large part to our country’s generous maternity leave policies [sarcasm intended]. Lucky for you, since they’ve been going to “school” for basically their whole lives, I’ve accumulated…

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Wishing They Were Old Enough

A call to relish the nights they cry out for you and the days they seem to always be underfoot; because the day our babies turn 18 will come faster than you could ever imagine.

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11 Simple Ways to Help a Kid Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal childhood stage, but some kids need a little more help to manage their fears.

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How to Prepare Your Child for Nursery School

As parents and caregivers, we want to strike a balance between communicating necessary information to children so that they know what to expect and giving them too much information—which may contribute to increased anxiety about a situation.

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How Can I Help My Anxious Kid Get Ready for Nursery School?

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As the start of the school year approaches, parents of young children who are entering nursery school for the first time are wondering what the best way to prepare their child for this transition is. As someone who…

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

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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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How I Handled My 2-Year-Old’s Separation Anxiety

It is essential to prepare your children for new experiences, especially when they’re young.

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New Gourmet Restaurant with Playroom Revolutionizes Date Night

Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen is San Diego’s first restaurant to offer onsite childcare!

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New Mom’s Survival Guide for Going Back to Work

Headed back to work after having your baby? Here are our tips to ease the transition.

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How Mindfulness Helped Me Outsmart My Smartphone and Regain Time With My Family

I often felt like my iPhone owned me, instead of the other way around. Whether I was eating, reading, riding the bus, you name it, I often had this strong URGE to pick up the phone and do something with…

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Motherhood as a Muggle: How I Balance Work and Family Without a Magic Wand

That’s right, I have NO magic wand, no special powers. I’m your run of the mill muggle.
Unless you consider getting through an emergency C-section at 41 weeks having special powers. After my V-BAC exactly two years and two weeks…

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This Adorable Tip Will Keep Your Kiddo From Missing You

This mama’s tip for conquering separation anxiety is brilliant.

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2 Quick Tips We Use with Our Students to Inspire Classroom Confidence

Tips from a #SpokeContributor to help ease your kiddos into a new classroom setting. 

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How I’m Reclaiming Joy to Enjoy Stay-At-Home-Motherhood

For the first year of motherhood, I was on cloud 9.  I loved this sh*t.  I felt like I was made for being a mama.  But life with a baby is verrrry different from life with a toddler.  I can’t…

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What in the World Was I Thinking? One Family’s Decision to Homeschool

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We have some big news here in the Roder Family. No, I’m not pregnant, and we’re not moving to Canada. (Sorry, Justin. You’ll have to make do with Jason Priestly’s Family. I hear he’s still relevant, in…

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8 Reasons a Toddler Is Harder Than a Newborn

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Newborns aren’t that hard. There, I said it. Sure, they have not a clue the difference between day and night, they fuss when they need something, but one thing is certain: they are happy little campers if nestled…

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Sleep Like a Baby: A Reality Check on Snoozing in the First Year

Ready to lose your mind over how much sleep you’re losing? Read our humorous take on the tough first year of baby bedtime.

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The Perfect Preschool

Before I had a child or had experience in education I would have totally thought that all preschool are the same & if you pay more the education is better…wrong! After experience in education and as a mother that is…

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A Mom’s “How to” Guide To Bedtime Discipline

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To be healthy, children need sleep; unfortunately, they don’t know that. They want to play and learn as much as they can. Every second they close their eyes feels like a missed opportunity, which is why getting your…

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The Best Movies to Watch with Grandparents

Celebrate National Grandparents Day with a family movie night. Check out this list by our friends at Common Sense Media!

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Back to School Tips

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Back to School Tips
When a child has extra needs, as my oldest does, it creates challenges when preparing to go back to school.  I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the techniques I have learned…

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It’s a Wrap: Make a Bracelet from a Favorite Toy or Lovey

Starting Kindergarten can be a rough transition: once you’ve managed to peel your crying child off your leg, there are new friends to make, new routines to learn, and new rules follow. When our Marketing & Community Manager’s daughter Charlie…

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Just Opened: A Spot for Drop-off Childcare

Take a day, or even just an hour, to do your thing while your kids are entertained. Yep, it’s what local parents have been waiting for. Here’s the scoop!

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Stay Connected: Super Solutions for Parents Who Travel

Lots of parents in LA work in the biz, and that can mean leaving for long stretches on location. We got savvy parents to share tips and tricks for keeping connected to kids when you travel.

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7 Tutoring Centers for Back-to-School Boosts

Your summer is booked with water park visits and popsicle breaks. If practicing the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s hasn’t made it on your list, don’t worry. Your little Einstein can catch up on the fundamentals — and learn cool new skills,…

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