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The nice thing about the early elementary years is that kids tend to make friends easily during this time. They see a jump rope or a soccer ball and they all run for it, and that ignites a friendship. Play is the language of young children, and friendships are often forged simply through the act of play.

Sometimes those friendships continue from year to year, but sometimes they don’t.

Some kids move on with ease and find other friends, while some sit back and mourn the loss of ...

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best=parts=pregnancy

Although, in general, I often complain about pregnancy, I've entered a strange sort of mourning period now that I am no longer pregnant.

I'm not sure what it is, but for the first time in my life, I actually miss being pregnant, and I'm not kidding when I say that I honestly never thought I would say (or type) those words.

I think it has something to do with the fact that my daughter was induced three weeks early for some medical complications I was having, and it all happened ...

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what-i-wish-i-knew-about-episiotomies

When I was nearing the end of my first pregnancy, I had a lot of questions about what labor and birth were going to be like. Was it going to be as painful as everyone said it was going to be? Would I get an epidural in time? Would I need to be induced or have a c-section?

One thing that never did cross my mind was if I would have an episiotomy. According to the Mayo Clinic, an episiotomy is defined as "an incision made in the perineum -- the tissue between the vaginal opening and the ...

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What-To-Keep-In-Your-Medicine-Cabinet-new

Welcome to fall -- pretty leaves; pumpkins; cool, crisp air; sweaters; and boots. With the good comes the bad -- sore throat, congestion, fever, runny nose, and cough. The sickness just seems to appear out of nowhere and typically in the middle of the night, right? Or is that just at our house?

This year, in preparation for the sickness, I decided to stock my medicine cabinet before the sick season arrived. I did some research about traditional and non-traditional remedies for treating ...

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mom confessions mealtime struggles and reality

Dinner time at my house can be either one way or another--smooth sailing or an absolute disaster. With a 5-, 3-, and 1-year-old to wrangle, there is typically at least one kid who refuses to eat--it's normally the 3-year-old these days. The act of sitting down at the table to eat together is actually the easy part. The most chaotic part of dinner time happens from the time I pick up the boys from daycare until the time I put the food in front of them. The dreaded witching hour is more like ...

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pregnancy risks to avoid future asthma

I've been with EverydayFamily for a little over a year now, and since then, I have learned tons and tons and tons of stuff about pregnancy, a lot of which has made me a little nauseated. #guyproblems. 

There are so many things that have to go right for pregnancy to occur—things with the male have to go right, things with the female have to go right, the nine-month journey needs certain things to happen. Moms are so careful that they eat the right things, avoid the wrong things, ...

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breakfast recipes

There are several reasons why following EverydayFamily on Pinterest is a smart idea. For example, maybe your family right now is begging you to make breakfast, and you know that pancakes and eggs will make them happy, but you want to go the extra mile and put a little spin on their favorite dish. So you turn to Pinterest, which is exactly what I did. I sought inspiration on the Who's Hungry? board and found ten ways to fancy up pancakes and eggs.

Egg Baked in Avocado

Instead of ...

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dudemomlife ef

Aside from all of the farts, of course.

As much as I'm down with the DudeMom life, there are times when I wish my lovely lady lumps weren't the only ones in residence.

Here are a few not too awesome elements of being the only girl in a house full of Dudes.

The only time they get excited about glitter is when a piece of it gets stuck in their eyes.

There's no one to celebrate a BOGO sale at the shoe store with.

Just once, it would be awesome if someone would ...

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things-you-should-know-about-early-pregnancy

I can still remember each morning like it was yesterday, when I stood in the washroom, holding tightly onto the pregnancy test that showed I was finally pregnant. Each time it happened, I stood in awe, not really believing it, but so ready for the new chapter of growing a baby, hopeful it would work.

It doesn't seem to matter how many times I've gone through that early first trimester, because each time I'm there, it all feels new again. I forget a lot of the worries I had, the strange ...

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6-ways-your-older-kid-can-help-with-new-baby

When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I was worried about how the newest member of the family was going to change the dynamic with my older children. I was not new to having a new baby in the family, but this was the first time there was such a big age gap.

I worried.

When my youngest was born, those worries went away quickly because I had prepared a lot beforehand and knew that in order to help my kids bond with the baby, I needed to accept their help in the everyday ...

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