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Let me start this post out with one simple question: Why did you get your child a cell phone? Was it because you wanted your child to have a symbol of status that would help them squeeze into the clique of coolness? Was it because you enjoyed shelling money to pay for minutes that would never be used because your kid would only text and mess around on Facebook? Or was it because you wanted to be able to stay in contact with your child just in case he or she got stuck or he or she needed ...

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When I was a child, I remember turning to my mom at the grocery store and asking her a question about the wind. I think I was about 4 years old at the time, and I had asked her if the reason the trees blow (in the wind) is that they're all laughing at a funny joke. I had heard my mom tell this story to me as I got older, and when I had kids of my own, they started asking fun, inquisitive questions of their own.

My kids ask questions all the time, and to me, it's really interesting to ...

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When I was 16 weeks pregnant with baby #1, I went on a cruise to the Caribbean. While I would like to say I boldly showed off my growing baby bump in a bikini, the truth is, I'm a tankini kind of girl when I'm pregnant (plus a nice coverup for good measure).

I'm not a celebrity, and a Caribbean Disney Cruise is not, say, Mexico. If there's one thing we know about celebs, it's that they love showing skin at the beach, pregnant or not.

Any Mamas-to-be headed on a last-minute beach ...

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If you drop the F-bomb in front of your children, you may get arrested!

While Danielle Wolf was shopping for groceries at Kroger, some persistent bread squeezing got the best of her nerves, and she said a choice word.

And though these first-class words were only bellowed in an attempt to stop the food squashing, she was arrested for disorderly conduct!

According to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report, "[Danielle] yelled at her ...

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Getting out the door in the morning is a delicate juggling act, one that can be a struggle for even the most seasoned daycare veterans. Trying to find ways to streamline your departure? Here are some tips to help make drop-offs happier for both you and the kids.

Have a toy or special item they can only use at daycare and make that part of the drop-off routine. This can be something they pick out with you at a store, from home, or that is already at daycare.

Example: My daughter ...

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Despite her quiet nature, my daughter wears her feelings on her sleeve. So when a big transition has her anxious (say, for example, every new classroom she enters), I know the signs of worry. She holds me close, she clams up, and silent tears stream down her face. But my son? Totally different story.

My son is an internalizer by nature, and he's really good at playing ball. He follows directions without question (sometimes even to a fault, but that's another story), he doesn't cry at ...

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It's easy to assume that birth is birth, right?

A twinge of a contraction here, maybe some water breaking there, and off to the hospital you go with a rattled partner and an over-packed overnight bag. You'll be huffing and puffing in a wheelchair up to the OB unit, where, upon your arrival, you will be screaming at strangers and demanding an epidural.

The birth scene of every movie is pretty much the same, but IRL? Birth never quite follows the same script. And what's more, ...

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So, being a male and being part of a relatively Scouting-heavy family, I have been on many a camping trip—camping trips that had tents, food, fires, sleeping bags, and water. Oh yeah, and they usually only lasted about  18 hours total.

Little Larina Chikitova, who is just 3 years old, found herself out in what was described as "bear- and wolf-infested woods of the frigid Sakha region," which region just so happens to be the coldest region in Siberia, which just so happens to be ...

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10 ways to write name

My firstborn son begins kindergarten in just two weeks. This summer has gone by much too quickly! I have been working with him on writing his name and identifying his letters throughout the summer. In the beginning of July, he started complaining about writing his name, so I decided to mix things up. We abandoned the paper and pencil and went the fun route. Since he is much more of a hands-on learner, this worked so much better!  Here are 10 fun ways to help your child learn how to spell ...

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Human breastmilk is liquid gold, but there are so many moms who have a hard time producing enough milk to support their babies. In a time of need, many moms turn to milk banks. Heather, mom of two and blogger at Cookies for Breakfast, has been donating breastmilk since her daughter, Julia, was born six months ago. I had a chance to ask her a few questions about her experience.    

Why did you start donating to the milk bank?

"I decided to donate breastmilk because I'm a ...

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