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Articles in Monthly Guides, Mandy Cowley, Mari Walker, Cheryl Brodnax and Leah Conti

Getting Started with Mindfulness for Kids

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You will notice the awareness you are teaching in these structured moments is carrying over into your child’s everyday life. The ability to slow down and be more aware will help them navigate relationships, school, and tough emotions more effectively... Read full article

Parenting Advice from The Sopranos?

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I was a high school senior when The Sopranos debuted 20 years ago. I lived in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma, and didn’t have basic cable let alone access to HBO to see the cultural juggernaut as it was airing for the first time. ... Read full article

Suit Up, Mama!

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You’ll never consider my body bikini-ready or beach-worthy. I’ve never had six-pack abs or been a small person, even in my younger, pre-kid days. I have a soft, squishy tummy; big, strong thighs; big everything.... Read full article

Lessons From the Ballpark

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I’m a baseball mom. I live at the ballpark from February through July. For the last seven years, I’ve sacrificed my weekends (and sometimes sanity) to drag an unearthly amount of stuff to every ballpark imaginable so our boys can do what they love.... Read full article

Smile or Else! A Friendly Guide to Taking Family Photos and Keeping Your Sanity

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Despite the effort you put forward, it is easy to wonder if it is worth the hassle and if there is any way to make it through without feeling like you’re family is enduring cruel and unusual punishment. I am here to assure you that indeed, there is. ... Read full article



My Heart Walks Around Without Me: A Girl Scout Camp Experience

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Parenting through the elementary years seems to be a gradual release, letting go of the demands (and some of the rewards) of mothering small children. Part of me welcomes the release, and I want nothing more for my daughters than to soar into fulfill... Read full article

Slowing Down: Reclaiming Sanity

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So, I have a problem with over-commitment. It seems that any time there is white space on my calendar, I find some excuse to fill it. My husband often points out that I never just sit. What? Who doesn’t sit?... Read full article

A Home-Centered Birthday: A Fourth Trip Around the Sun

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A year ago, I was writing about our play date style birthday party for our younger daughter. This year, she turned four without a party, but as a family of four, we did celebrate her with everything we could muster.... Read full article

Gift Getting Made Easy? Including a Wish List on Birthday Invites

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Happy birthday, baby! Another year has passed, and it’s time to mark the occasion with a party (or at least a cake). As the years add up, the parties may get more complex, adding school friends and others into the mix for invitation consideration. Wi... Read full article

Neurodiversity & Educational Inclusion: Teaching Your Typically Developing Child about Difference

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Difference in our brain development is just another variation of what it looks like to be human- not so different than us being different heights or having different shades of skin. ... Read full article

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