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Thanksgiving is a perfect moment for your family, companions, and of course – delicious food. It’s an upbeat time when we begin to feel Christmas coming up and when we offer gratitude for all that we have. On the other hand, it’s a time when we can enjoy having some messy fun in the kitchen […]

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During the nine months of your pregnancy, you will be going through a whirlwind of hormonal, physical and emotional changes. The newness of this experience and all the issues that surround it can be nerve-wracking and sometimes overwhelming. Especially if this is your first child, these changes can be a shock to your system. Being […]

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At nine months of pregnancy, an expectant woman undergoes various changes in their body. These changes come in the form of symptoms and belly size. At 9 months pregnancy belly is huge since the baby is about to be born. In this guide, you will get detailed information about 9 months pregnant symptoms, belly, cramping: […]

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Shasvinth was a small boy for 2nd grade. He entered the classroom behind the smiling faces of his eager parents. It was his first day of school in America. I greeted the family at my classroom door, having already been alerted that my new student would be starting 2nd grade today. He was from India, […]

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I was laid off yesterday. After 12 years of committed, hard work to a Fortune 500 Company (that I will not name), I was let go.  I did my job everyday.  Got to work early, left late… never missed a meeting or deadline. I was one of 5000, moms, dads who had to go home […]

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Being a mother of three isn’t anything like being a mother of two. Just in case no one warned you, here are some tips about this new time of life. Ten Tips for What to Expect When the New Baby Arrives 1. When you the new infant arrives, all those feelings of having a trying […]

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This is how I felt today. Almost 2 years ago, with the upcoming birth of our fourth son (yea we did the whole let’s try again for a girl thing), I decided to officially become a stay at home mom (SAHM) — it took me forever to figure out what the heck these letters stood […]

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Another mother and I had a surprising conversation about a year ago. That is, it was surprising to her. While we were chatting mother to mother, she shared how she had just discovered the idea of understanding her children instead of punishing them. She had five children. She had always thought that immediate consequences, that […]

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Before I had kids and before I was married I had big fat dreams of living in New York City and owning my own Event Planning Company. I’d wear high-end clothes that even Olivia Pope would envy. I’d be invited to fancy galas and black tie events. I’d even be honored at a few of […]

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Before I had kids and before I was married I had big fat dreams of living in New York City and owning my own Event Planning Company. I’d wear high-end clothes that even Olivia Pope would envy. I’d be invited to fancy galas and black tie events. I’d even be honored at a few of […]

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Dear little Mama with the bulging belly: I see you standing there in the baby aisle at Target looking, desperately, at the descriptions of the bottles trying to discern the difference between ounces and BPA Free and nipple type. Your basket is full of items you really won’t need but you feel secure in having […]

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Pregnancy sure isn’t an easy phase of your life, but it certainly is a memorable and rewarding one. The journey to motherhood is awesome for you as well as your family. Everybody in your family, especially your husband starts to take really good care of you, making sure that you are happy and content all […]

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Just Say No to Sugar By: Brooke Daniel A typical grocery store trip for my family always includes pleading and begging followed by tantrums for high sugar, low nutritional value foods. My child is mesmerized by the cartoon characters, neon colors, and promise of toys inside these boxes. “This is full of sugar” or “This […]

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When I have pause in my day, my first impulse is to check my phone. I imagine this habit originated with the sound of a ding or a whistle. Today, my phone does not need to summon me with a ding or whistle. I instinctively turn to it. Glancing at my phone, I always find […]

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Do you wonder what to do when your child has some puzzling, even distressing behaviors? Do you wonder why he acts the way he does? No need to panic–the key is to find the meaning behind the behavior. If you don’t understand it, how in the world can you know what to do? Parents often […]

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I look with joy and curiosity at a little four year old who struts in his red and blue Superman outfit that covers his skin head to toe or stands proudly in his ranger togs that include a cap, shirt, trousers and even polished leather boots! He’s not even getting ready for Halloween. He just loves dressing up […]

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Another mother and I had a surprising conversation about a year ago. That is, it was surprising to her. While we were chatting mother to mother she shared how she had just discovered the idea of understanding her children instead of punishing them. She had five children. She had always thought that immediate consequences, that […]

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Pregnancy is a time that is full of emotion from elation to downright fear. And it’s really no wonder. It is a life changing event that, unless you’ve been through it before, you can only begin to imagine. And even if you have had children before. Each baby brings new life, new challenges and new […]

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This is a weekly series about successful women who participate in the workforce in a range of ways building their careers while mothering. These women fly under the radar of the media but need to be heard. They are silently successful and warrant recognition. They are compassionate, persistently hardworking women who deserve our admiration and […]

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Three and even two-year-olds use the word “think.” But we have to consider carefully what the child means when he uses the words “think” or “know.” At first around age three, to think is just to suggest uncertainty. “I think this is a squirrel.” The child isn’t aware this idea comes from her mind. She […]

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Lying relates to the idea of what children believe, a topic parents are always interested in understanding. Only if you understand it, can you know how to deal with it. If a child deceives you but has no understanding of deception or no intention to deceive, we should react differently to that child than one […]

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I Believe in Miracles…Do You? Something has infiltrated our family. It entered without warning and almost brought a strong family to its knees. It slithered in one cold winter morning and changed each of us forever. Although it has only physically attacked one of us, it has affected each of us in some sort of […]

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Dear parents, I’m happy that you take your children to soft play centres, I really am.  But when you let them run back into the soft play area, with their half eaten food dropping bits of it all over the show, you need to understand how this can and does affect other children.  You see […]

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Last week I took my son to his favourite park in Manchester, he loves this particular park as there is also a farm there, meaning he gets to see the animals too.  There is also an ice cream van there which is really annoying (he has cow’s milk protein allergy) but he will settle for […]

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My journey began about twenty years ago when my family sold their previous business – a nursery and garden center in Loveland, Colorado – and moved to the Willamette valley of Oregon. My family bought a tiny custom horse blanket business, and we came up with the best blanket ever made for horses, and a […]

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Pregnancy is a very important time in a woman’s life. Every mum wants to ensure that both herself and her baby will be in good health. As your body is changing, which includes your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, thermoregulatory and respiratory systems changing, you are probably asking yourself how much you should change your current lifestyle. The […]

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Blended families can take a long time to work in a harmonious way as the years go by. As children age and parents remarry there are multiple adjustments. So how do the many parents involved help kids adapt early on to prevent future conflicts as the changes take place? Openly Communicate the Challenges Ahead Keeping […]

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Parents can often feel like their failing when they see the choices their kids make. But when you learn to engage your children and teens in making hard choices, you feel uplifted, like you’ve really done your job. Children agonize over hard choices. What group of friends to belong to can seem to define who […]

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The story stars with Peter abandoned at an orphanage as an infant, wearing a pan pipe necklace. Twelve years later he’s become a brave, cocky boy, stuck in a terrible orphanage…from which he’s kidnapped by pirates, who carry him off to Neverland. But no one can mistake this for a rescue—the pirates, led by Captain […]

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How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What hurts? This is a weekly series about successful women who participate in the workforce in a range of ways building their careers while mothering. These women fly […]

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Have you ever desired to find meaning in your child’s behavior? Do you often feel frustrated or stuck in your attempts to find peace at home? If so, then I am happy to recommend a book that will help you find the answers you are seeking. Recently, I read through Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning […]

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Avoid Impaired Driving: A Reminder for National Teen Driver Safety Week 2015 National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is October 18-24, 2015, and we are helping to spread the word about the National Highway Traffic Administration’s (NHTSA) “5 to Drive” campaign. This campaign gives parents an opportunity to talk with their teens about how to […]

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“I would NEVER put my baby in DAYCARE.”   I sat across the desk from this Mommy friend, five weeks pregnant, stunned that someone would say that.  Because she knew my three year old was in daycare.  And though she didn’t know that number two was on her way, I was really taken aback by […]

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Every mommy needs to laugh, even when there’s nothing to laugh about! And even when a mommy needs to cry, she can always find the strength and courage to carry on. That is this mommy’s motto and I believe every one of those words with a deeper and stronger conviction each time I type them. […]

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With the school year in full swing, I have been spending the past few weeks prepping for the long road ahead (literally and figuratively). For many moms like myself, once school is back in session we often revert to what I like to call “after-school activity” mode. Scheduling, carpooling and time management can get overwhelming […]

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How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What hurts? This is a weekly series about successful women who participate in the workforce in a range of ways building their careers while mothering. These women fly […]

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The next time you talk to your teen, notice how often he or you share your attention with your smart phone. How long can you talk without an intervening text? What is the impact of these diversions on your parent-teen relationship? Remember the day your daughter came home with a dismal look on her face? […]

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In the first Hotel Transylvania movie, Dracula’s daughter Mavis fell in love with a human boy, Johnny—so it makes perfect sense that in Hotel Transylvania 2, Johnny and Mavis now have a son. But Dennis is approaching his fifth birthday, and shows no sign of being able to fly or turn into a bat—his baby […]

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Hey Baby, It’s mommy. This letter is to you, and about you, but I have no intention of your ever reading these words. More than anything I want you to know how much I love you and how proud I am of you every single day for both your smallest accomplishments and your greatest achievements. […]

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The number of kids in American families, as throughout the world, has declined over the last decades. Reasons for less kids vary; finances, careers or, even, for the sake of the child/children already born. Such a concern is commonly voiced as, “if we have more children it will take away from the son/daughter we already […]

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August and September are exciting times for children and their parents—it’s Back to School time! Whether your kids started in August or more recently, school brings new schedules and routines. Kids may not enjoy the complete shift from summer’s free-form days…but most parents breathe a sigh of relief at going back to a “regular” schedule—I […]

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Just chill. Its what I tell myself several times a day, and many times to no avail. Its hard. As crazy as it sounds, its hard to just do nothing. I have never been clinically diagnosed with anxiety, but it runs in my immediate family, so I’ve just self diagnosed myself, well, Google and I […]

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Should You Pay Kids for Grades?  Yes or No? Sometimes parents think of kids school work as their job. This is true.  But then they reason, they get paid for their jobs as adults, so maybe kids should get paid for their jobs, too. This reasoning may be confused by the parents loving wishes for […]

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Parents who try very hard to be good listeners when their kids’ behaviors scare them deserve a lot of credit. These are thinking, caring parents who know it’s important to understand a behavior before reacting. This takes a huge amount of self-control and determination. It takes what I call, Parental Intelligence – an ability to […]

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Gossip is communication. If your teenager off-handedly tells you a remnant of something going on, tune in! “Hey, Lindsay just got a new designer bag. It’s so cool. Her parents are really rich.” “Jason is talking really fast lately. Wonder what he’s on.” “Paola is missing lots of school. They say she’s been drinking a […]

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Dining with a toddler is rarely fun. It’s especially a challenge when you’re on vacation and have to eat at unfamiliar places day after day. You may enjoy new experiences and adventurous dining, but toddlers thrive on routine, and many are picky eaters. With some planning, you can make your family’s dining experiences a little […]

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According to new research, lack of sleep could be an advancing, cautionary signal or distress call warning to the origins of pre-senile dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Patients with Alzheimer’s often have difficulty in sleeping, and lack of sleep could also lend to the disorder by steering the development and expansion of amyloid plaques in the […]

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When kids are asked, “How was school today?” or “How was your day today?” some kids don’t answer at all or gratuitously give a shrug. Other kids gaily mention at least one thing they did which they enjoyed. What do we do with the kids with the shrug? Are they just non-communicative because they are […]

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The parent-child relationship is one of the most important aspects of helping your child battle OCD. OCD  sufferers with a supportive parent, in my experience, reduce their symptoms more effectively. If the child or teen can talk to you about their hidden symptoms, they feel relief because it lessens their secrecy and shame. This in […]