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Deciphering Parenting Metaphors: Animals and Machines

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When I grew up, parents were referred to as...well...parents. But nowadays, it is hard to keep up with the trendy terms to describe people who raise children. First, there were helicopter parents then lawnmower parents and now the newest one is snowp... Read full article

It's Fall, Y'all! October Fall Family Activities

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I want to tell you about all the awesome one-time or annual events coming up this fall. ‘Tis the season–for festivals! Let’s jump in!... Read full article

Raising a Bookworm

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When toddlers and preschoolers are read to on a regular basis and exposed to books throughout their day, they are more likely to develop a lifelong love of reading.... Read full article

A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

7 Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

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Since quality time with friends and family can be hard to come by these days, consider using that after-dinner time to create a new family tradition. ... Read full article



The Importance of Early Reading

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As adults, we don’t fully understand the difficulties of learning to read, as it is a skill we’ve mastered over the course of our lives. We sometimes don’t even know what to look for when our children are struggling. Do we sometimes forget to emphasi... Read full article

The Worst Days Are Still the Best Days

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I have had some of the best days of my life as a parent. I have been able to share in the joy of three births; watched all of my kids take their first steps; and helped them learn to tie shoes, ride bikes, and read books. We have shared in the love o... Read full article

Toddler Property Laws

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As a mom of toddlers, you are familiar with toddler tantrums over things that don’t make sense, say a major meltdown when you won’t let them eat cereal and milk from a plate, because you know, gravity, or when you won’t let them eat dog food, because... Read full article

Who Needs a Hot Meal?

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I go to take a bite of my food.  Just as the fork reaches my lips, my children ask, “What is for dessert?” They’ve finished their meal, and I’ve hardly had a chance to eat. It is lukewarm at this point which is how I’ve learned to eat my food.... Read full article

A Salute to Mothers

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To all the mothers who fixed a home cooked meal only to be criticized by the tiniest food critics ever… To all the mothers who spend more time at the ball field than sleeping… To all the mothers who support other mothers…... Read full article

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