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Our Little Advocate

“She is not an autism expert, none of us are. But she has learned to be a thoughtful, kind human who knows differences are good, beautiful and something to be proud of.”

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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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Losing & Finding Joy

“I hold tight to the fact that I know I’m not the only one. I am not alone in the challenge of mothering. I continue to remind myself that this is not forever. And It may take a little work, but if I look hard enough, I can always find the joy.”

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How This Summer-Loving Mom Is Going to Embrace Winter

“When challenged to make a change, you can resist it and fight every step of the way, or you can embrace the change and make the most of it.”

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The Meaning of Gratitude to a Special Needs Parent

“Finding beauty and joy within the chaos isn’t easy but it’s possible.”

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Are You Only Allergic to Male Dogs? There’s a Test for That

Thirty percent of allergy sufferers only have reactions to male dogs.

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4 Tips to Help Reduce Screen Time Mindfully

There is no one size fits all answer to how to be healthily engaged with devices. For that reason, it’s important to ask lots of questions about the place technology plays in your child’s’ life and help empower them with the life skills that bring them the same satisfaction their devices bring them.

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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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How to Keep Your Dog Warm & Safe on Cold Winter Days

It can be a winter wonderland for your dog—if you’re careful. Here’s what pet parents need to know.

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Why I Won’t Be Ashamed of My Messy House

Give me the messes and the memories.

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The Eager Parent’s Guide to Starting Finger Foods with Their Kiddo

Right when you think you have it down with purees, it’ll be time to start your baby on finger foods. But how will you know your child is ready?
Watch the baby, not the clock
The American Academy of Pediatrics…

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Halloween Jack Saves The Day

“Mom, no one else in my class has Halloween Jack come to their house. Why does he come here?” The usual conversation had started again. My daughter and I had been having the same discussion year over year. “Halloween Jack…

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Making Friends When You’re a “Teetotaler”

Photo: Leah Kelley
(A teetotaler is someone who abstains entirely from drinking alcohol. Yes, this includes beer and wine. And yes, also frozen sangria, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and even champagne at a wedding.)
Is it hard to make friends when…

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Why I’m Quitting My Job as My Family’s Therapist

My resignation has been a long time coming. I know it will be easy to forget and fall back into my old role, but I just can’t do it anymore. It’s not my job, and it never has been. I…

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Will Kids Remember The Little Arguments?

Photo: RealMomsWingingIt.com
“MOOOOOOOOOOOMMM-OMMMMMMMMMMM!
Tyler is not playing with me.”
Silence.
Tyler: “Mom, Evan clearly agreed he would play MY choice of game next and now he’s reneging on that promise!”
5-year-old Evan:  “That’s because I don’t EVEN KNOW what ree-wig…

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10 Real Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Being A Stepmom

I see life as being a continuous stream of lessons.

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If we’re open to it, everyday we have the opportunity to learn new things. To learn from our mistakes and to learn from others’ mistakes…

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The Sugar Cereal Shakedown

Grocery shopping must be one of the least enjoyable activities people are required to do. Based on people’s expressions, you would think that they were waiting in line at the DMV instead of buying apples and milk. A majority of…

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Treating Your Child’s Sinus Drainage

Every day, each person’s respiratory tract produces mucus in order to protect itself from unwanted viruses, bacteria and other potential health threats.  But as WebMD reports, if your child has a cold, the flu, allergies or other respiratory problems, the…

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Date Night: Top 6 Carne Asada Burritos in SF

No jukebox blaring banda. No salsa, chips, or beer. Just pure burrito. In a blind taste test—analyzing everything from girth to beef-sear to ingredient distribution and harmony—five experts dig into six of the city’s most popular super carne asada burritos, …

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Get Your Buzz On

Earlier this year, The New York Times reported on the “babyccino” trend–moms introducing their offspring to the wide-eyed world of espresso. That may be taking it a step too far–putting aside potential adverse health effects, any parent who willingly gives…

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