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26 Feb 2015

5 Educational Lessons Your Kids Can Learn from the Family Dog

  Has your little one been asking for a pet? – A pet of the four-legged, furry, “arf-arf” variety? I know your knee-jerk reaction may be to say no; but you’d be surprised to find that there are some actual benefits to making a dog a part of the family.

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23 Oct 2014

11 Things My Father Taught Me (and What I Hope to Teach My Kids)

rowing up, my dad worked two jobs so that my brother, sister, mother, and I would never have to want for anything. We lived in a nice home in a fantastic neighborhood; and I left for college with a huge appreciation for my father’s sound work ethic and his fierce

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kids-and-glasses
15 Oct 2014

What Experts are Saying About Kids and Glasses

’ve been “team glasses” since I was about six years old. I still remember my very first pair. They were bubble gum pink with an image of Barbie on both sides. You couldn’t have convinced me that my glasses weren’t’ the coolest things ever.  I vividly remember driving home from

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01 Oct 2014

Want Home “Cooked” Meals from your Kids? Target’s Toy Emporium Can Help You Get Them!

  My 3-year-old twins have a bit of a double blow when it comes to their birthday. Not only do they have to deal with having to share their special day with one another, but their birthday also falls at the beginning of December. Their dad and I are left

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17 Sep 2014

Kids and Competition: Is the “No Winner, No Loser” Mentality Really Helping Kids?

  Life is all about competition. You win or lose a job, a boyfriend (or girlfriend), or even a best friend. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it has always been. So why are kid’s sports teams taking all of the competition out of… the competition? In

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Cool mom
03 Sep 2014

How to Be a Cool Parent (While Still Being a Good One): 4 Tips

  We all want to be the best possible parents we can be. We want to implement structure without stifling their decision making. We want to be an excellent example of an adult to our children while at the same time wanting them to think we are halfway “cool.” How in the

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05 Aug 2014

The Discipline Issue: 5 Ways to Introduce Positive Discipline to Your Child

  A hilarious contributed piece by Gareth Cartman Here’s a problem, and feel free to contribute with your suggestions in the comments below, please. My two-year-old daughter thinks discipline is funny. Perhaps I’m not doing it right. Perhaps I’m cracking too easily and letting her off. Either way, when I

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diaper-bag
19 May 2014

The Art of Packing the Perfect Diaper Bag

If you’re a new mom, or even a part time child care provider, you know that packing a diaper bag for a baby is an art form. Extreme organization skills and a touch of OCD and ESP are necessary to create the perfect balance of absolute essentials and “just in

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13 May 2014

5 Ways to Accomplish Personal Goals When You Have a Family

  Life doesn’t have to stop once you get married and have kids. In fact, your family can be your motivation to reach your goals and achieve success. Part of the joys of having a family is that they can be your biggest cheerleaders, so don’t let your lifestyle hold

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24 Apr 2014

10 Full-proof Tips that Will Help You Prepare Your Kid for Kindergarten

  If you’ve got preschoolers at home like I do, the fact that you don’t have much longer to be with your little ones may be looming in the back of your mind. (They grow up so fast! *tear.) It may be scary to think of the littlest members of

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06 Apr 2014

Here’s One Small Thing that You Can do Every Day to Increase your Child’s Self-esteem

  My twins appreciated the concept of eating together as a family very early on. I remember them being only a year or two old pointing their little chubby fingers at an empty seat in front of them, attempting to get my husband and I to sit down with them

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