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Last November I had the privilege of doing a writing workshop at Camelot Community Care for homeless and unaccompanied youth in the Tampa Bay area. I met some of the most beautiful, thoughtful, and intelligent young people I have ever taught who were working so desperately hard to overcome life’s challenges. Their life stories and innate talent were deeper and more strikingly compelling than those of any young people with whom I had worked. Having lived through such hardships and having ...

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Uh-oh. You just woke up this morning and realized that your friend from high school that's now your sister's second cousin, who married the football captain, is having her baby shower today.

Of course, you're out of time to go hunt down her registry and pick the last, scant remaining items on it, so what's a girl to do?

Pick up one of these tried-and-true "go-to" baby shower gifts, that's what! And trust me, you really can't go wrong with any of these. In fact, if you feel like ...

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Marriage is not easy and when you add in added responsibilities, change, and chaos - it can be even more challenging.

Parenting is not easy either and getting used to life with a newborn can be hectic and add in an unhappy coupling, it just makes for a miserable postpartum period.

There are many challenges that face couples who welcome a new baby into their life and learning how to navigate those common issues and problems can mean a big difference for the strength of your ...

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Your due date is just around the corner, and you're getting everything ready -- you've got the baby's room ready, you've got the house all clean (but not too clean), you've got a name picked out (one boy name and one girl name, just in case the doctor was wrong about the sex), and you've started lactating like crazy. Your boobs have just magically become the fountains for youth, and you need a little mouth to feed.

It's actually not all that easy for some moms -- the breast milk part, ...

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The Big Book of Parenting Tweets is a brand new just out today illustrated collection of 300+ tweet jokes, real-kid conversations, and snarky one-liners from more than thirty of the most hilarious Twitter comedians to ever change a diaper. It was curated by Kate Hall of Hall of Tweets, edited by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler of Science of Parenthood, and illustrated by Jessica Ziegler. As I flipped through my copy of The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, I just couldn’t stop ...

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holiday felt crafts

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is crafting with my kids. Since all three of my kids are young, the easier the craft the better. Felt is a favorite craft material in the Stavish house. Here are some adorable felt crafts you can help your child create.

Felt Countdown to Christmas

Cut various-sized ornaments out of felt and have your child decorate them with glitter and glue. String a festive craft ribbon somewhere in your house and hang the ornaments on the ribbon ...

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There is nothing wrong with embracing your status as a nerd. I couldn't have said it any better than John Green: "Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself love it. [...] When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'you like stuff.' Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, 'you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.' "

So, if you want to check out some stuff you might like -- a lot -- for you ...

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Basketball shorts.

That's what my children want to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. Because that's what my children want to wear everywhere.

No regard for weather, or dress code, or occasion. Just basketball shorts and those dri-fit shirts and sneakers and tall socks. All day. Every day. No matter what.

Only, guess what?

Mama don't play that.

I may only be able to count on one hand the times that I put my fashion foot down and stomp on their style autonomy, but ...

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I can't believe we've hit the holiday season already! I swear I just dug out the shorts and t-shirts out of the back of the closet for the kids, and here we are already needing sweaters and winter jackets.

While it may seem like December is still a little while away (and we should wait until Thanksgiving has come and gone before we think too much about the holidays in December), it will creep up on us just as quickly as the cold has.

If you have a young toddler who is just at ...

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If a pregnant woman went to her doctor and said, "Guess what, Doc? I'm really short of breath these days," he or she may not think anything of it. 

After all, pregnant women are notorious for being out of breath due to the fact that there is a human being wedged near the lungs and all, right?

Well, the rather surprising (and scary) truth is pregnancy may be masking the very serious reason behind being short of breath -- and it could be deadly. 

What many pregnant women ...

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