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School Lunch Survival Hacks & Tips to Live By

With back-to-school season on the horizon, we asked savvy moms across the web to share how they stay organized, find inspiring lunch ideas and get their kids to actually eat their entire meal.

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In Defense of Thanksgiving

“Let’s slow down and enjoy November, its fiery show of leaves going out in a blaze of glory, the countdown to the Thanksgiving Feast, the constant reminder to ‘give thanks’ inherent in the name of the season.”

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What It Means When Your Child Prefers the Other Parent

“The pure acceptance of this is a way to remind your child that you are also available for them and acts as a reminder that they can trust and rely on you.”

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The Most Important Thing Our Kids Need from Us

“There is no secret sauce to parenting, there is not a magic ingredient. But this one thing always remains consistent.”

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Every Gift & Act of Kindness Makes a Difference for These Kids

Looking for a way to make a positive impact and give back this season? Learn from the best: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

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The North Face Camp

The North Face Launches Free Virtual Camp Experience

This unique summer camp will introduce kids to the wonders of exploration.

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Camp Out or Camp In: Portland Summer Camps for Uncertain Times

Archery, bird tracking and biking are a few of the activities offered at these summer camps in and around Portland.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Attend a Virtual Book Club Event for “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

This exclusive edition will be published on May 19 and can be preordered on the website. 

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Mom and Baby

Turns Out “Baby Talk” Could Help Kids Gain Skills Faster, Study Shows

Parents around the world speak to their babies little differently than they do with anyone else. There is actually a term for it. It’s called “parentese.” According to a new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or…

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Has Its Own “Circle of Life” Moment with New Baby Animal

Meet the newest—and ridiculously adorable—inhabitant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares High Chair Hack (When You’ve Only Got One Shot at Dinner)

The “Hamilton” actor has quite the parenting hack up his sleeve.

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Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week: July 13, 2018

We’re not going to lie, Twitter can be like parenting––some weeks are better than others.

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Children Do Understand Emotional Undercurrents—I Should Know

When I was 7 years old, my family moved from Colorado Springs to Southern California. It was the end of the 70s and SoCal still had a few citrus groves that had yet to be plowed under by the slow…

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The One Thing Every Productive Parent Has in Common With Each Other

At times it seems as though my parenting mode is simply “survival mode.” I start off running but by the afternoon my productivity starts slipping. I am ready to throw in the towel on everything, but then, backup arrives. As…

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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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How I’m Surviving Motherhood

Surviving Motherhood Versus Thriving Through Motherhood
If you are a mom, you know that motherhood is not for the faint of heart.
Well, I guess it could be… But if you are “faint of heart,” whatever that even means, you…

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How I’ve Learned to Say No (Without Feeling Bad)

Oh, hellllll no…

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What actually happens when we do something that we don’t want to do?
I am not talking about going to the gym when we don’t feel like it. Or, getting out of…

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I Have a Special Needs Child but at the End of the Day, I’m Simply a Mom

When I discovered I was pregnant, I’d had no thought of having a special needs child. As first time parents, you can image our joy. We shared the exciting news with both sets of grandparents. I found an internet site…

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Hop Over to the New Frogs Exhibit

From tiny poison dart frogs to toxic mucus spewing salamanders, discover some of the animal kingdom’s coolest critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s newest exhibit.

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Eat Your Weeds: Urban Foraging for Families

Go wild, eat wild! Kids learn about urban wilderness foraging at these two cool schools.

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Here’s Why You’re Most Likely Having a Boy (According to Science)

Whether you’ve chosen to leave your baby’s sex a mystery or you’ve already decked out the nursery in matching colors, a new study says the answer to the big question is probably: a boy.

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My Husband Doesn’t Buy Me Gifts Anymore

Photo: Beyond Mommying
This year will mark my 10th wedding anniversary. Ten years of, mostly, wedded bliss. And in all those years, I can’t name one anniversary gift I’ve received from my husband.
He also hasn’t gotten me any birthday…

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10 Ways We Have Failed Our Third Baby

When you have your first child, your world changes. You are now responsible for a little human being and you try to plain everything down to the last detail. You read all the books, learn all the tricks, dress them…

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The New Show That Will Blow Your Kid’s Mind

Choose Your Own Adventure meets Willy Wonka meets Sleep No More. Get tickets now!

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Fairy Tales Where Different is Powerful

 
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.

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If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. –Albert Einstein
What are your favorite childhood memories? In…

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12 Confessions From the “Okayest” Mom Ever

There is so much pressure to be the world’s best mom. Pressure from myself, pressure from my kids, and pressure from the outside world trying to compete with all the Pinterest-perfect moms out there. I am not a perfect mom.…

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10 of the Internet’s Most Stylish Moms Dish on KEEN’s New Encanto Shoes

We wanted to walk a mile (ok, a dozen miles) in the internet’s most stylish families’ shoes so we picked their brain to find out their take on KEEN’s newest Encanto line for kids.

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10 Ways Teachers Can Help Students from Foster Care

For eight hours a day or more, and for five days a week for much of a calendar year, a foster child will spend his time in school.  Indeed, children in foster care will most likely spend more of their…

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Minecraft Mania: Pixel Perfect Parties & Play in LA

If you’ve got a Minecraft fiend, these amazing camps, classes and parties are the be all to “ender” all!

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5 Ways to Find your Mom Flow

Work-life balance is a term thrown around so loosely, yet when you ask moms about it, we all will tell you how stressful it is. It feels like we are trying to attain the unachievable, and therefore constantly struggling and…

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Make It Work: 8 Tips for Take Your Child to Work Day

Take your kids to work and be glad you did with this survival guide.

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