January 2018 Spoke Writing Challenge Winners!

Read excerpts from our top 3 winning Spoke posts about “The Productive Parent.”

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The Secret to Getting Kids Dressed & Out the Door in 10 Minutes or Less

I can see you reading the title: “The Secret to Getting Kids Dressed & Out the Door in 10 Minutes or Less.”

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Yeah, right. You must  think this is a joke, right? I must be…

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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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4 More Things to Do While Feeding Your Baby

Every mom has this seemingly idle time when she breast or bottle feeds her child. This time need not be squandered by surfing your phone aimlessly. Instead here are four productive things you could do while you feed your baby.…

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7 Totally Doable New Year’s Resolutions for Uber Busy Parents

My past fall was nuts. To summarize, it was a season packed with packing lunches, drop-offs, pick-ups, working, toddler activities, trying to cook healthy dinners (but many nights dishing up a frozen pizza and a bag salad), bedtime stories, tuck-ins…

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Here’s How 4 Tomatoes a Day Can Make You a More Productive Parent

I worked with a wise business coach a couple years back; she, like me, ran a dance studio, but was also a mother. I trusted her experience in helping me figure out how to be smart Boss Lady, as I…

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10 Productive Things to Do While Nursing (Instead of Surfing Your Phone)

Let’s face it: there’s a lot you can’t do when you’re nursing. Taking a shower, cooking a meal or cleaning the bathroom are pretty much impossible. But there are still ways to be productive while feeding your little one. Here…

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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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10 Super Quick Breakfast Hacks for Busy Mornings & Picky Eaters

Sick of cereal? Kids need breakfast but seem to find a way to argue over it just about every day. Parents and caregivers don’t feel like cooking something every morning (at least I don’t), or just don’t have the time.…

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An Ambitious Parent’s Recipe for Successful Productivity

I know, I know… Call me Super Mom (my own mom does) or Wonder Woman (I told the kids I am), but even I know I can’t keep up this pace for long. Here is my secret (shhhh!): balance. “Everything…

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I Do This One Thing Every Day, & I’m a Better Parent Because of It

Having a kid under a year old has been a blur of many things, and being a working parent has kept me busier than I’ve ever been in my entire life. I sometimes think back to my pre-baby days and…

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January Spoke Writing Challenge: The Productive Parent

Whether it’s parenting hacks, healthy habits or what a productive parent mindset is for you, we want to hear your stories! 

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