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‘Tis the season ... that every parent from a non-Christmas celebrating family learns to dread. 

Everywhere you turn you are inundated with signs of Christmas. The stores/restaurants/doctor offices have endless displays of Christmas decorations and toys. The radios play Christmas music ad nauseum. Even in the schools the signs of Christmas are everywhere. 

Before you go calling me the Grinch, I love Christmas. It’s a joyous time of year, where despite the winter chill people ...

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Christmas is just around the corner, and everyone is probably starting to think about the holiday and all the festive fun that comes with it. One of the common traditions these days is the very popular "Elf on the Shelf" idea. It brings a cute (well, I personally think they're creepy) Elf into your house that you get to do daily fun things with (like hide him in funny places). He's used to help keep your children in the spirit, and he's said to bring the happenings back to Santa -- that's ...

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homework help

I can't speak for the rest of you, but I know that homework causes a lump in my throat. When my daughter was in kindergarten, I thought it was cute. She came home with very age-appropriate packets of "homework" that were fun and involved a fair amount of coloring. But then she entered first grade, and it was a completely different story.

The cute little packets morphed into rather large packets with lengthy math assignments and spelling homework that required writing the same ten words ...

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As a military family, we are incredibly fortunate to be stationed only a few hours from our parents; it’s very rare. We have always taken full advantage of the closeness, with us driving down at least once or twice a month, or my parents coming up on long weekends. They adore their granddaughter, and, believe me, the feeling is mutual.

So, when Jackson was first admitted into the NICU at a children’s hospital a mere 20 minutes from my parent’s house, it seemed like the ideal ...

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dream vacays featured

As I sit here at eight-months pregnant, planning our low-key summer family vacation for the upcoming week, I am at once happy with our decision to keep things simple and also dreaming for a time when we can go all out for our family trip.

I know that this time in our life, with little people and the million bags and the stroller and,"oh, honey, don't forget the favorite blanket", is surely not forever. And while I treasure its beautiful chaos for what it is right now, it wouldn't hurt ...

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Adding a second child to your home? As a mom who had two kids in twenty months, I remember how much that transition rocked my world. I asked around to other parents about what wisdom they had to share about adding #2.

Here are 5 truths from the vets that aren't in your parenting manuals:

Decision-making is less stressful. Having been through the newborn stage once already Katy says, "I had a walking, talking, happy example of how the hard stages didn't last forever and the ...

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When people visit my home, I want them to know that it's a kids' home but not because there are toys and kids gear EVERYWHERE. It should be clear that kids can thrive and are welcome here, but be distinctively NOT a daycare center!

I wanted my kids to feel a sense of pride and ownership of their space when we re-did our playroom this year so they would feel like it was truly theirs. But with a mother with a bit of OCD, organization had to be a part of it. It had to be a place where ...

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Oh man, do I love summer. I love everything that comes with it: fun, family, sunshine, relaxing by the poolside. Even food tastes better in the summer. What I love most about it is all the fresh, wonderfully healthy, and readily available local produce!!! Our family is a member of our local CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA groups allow community members to have direct access to high quality fresh produce that is grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a ...

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This is a post that I knew was going to be a hard one for me to write. I don't like to take myself too seriously. I know that the parenting moments that seem so hard in the moment are the ones we tend to look back on and laugh and even begin to long for. I used to worry endlessly about my newborns and spend hours pacing the floors late at night, exhausted. But now I look back at the pictures of my tiny little babies and tear up because I know they'll never be that little again. I am hoping ...

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We’ve all been there: You are halfway through your grocery list when your preschooler has an epic meltdown because he can’t have a cookie he saw and now must have.

While you may know exactly how you would respond to this episode at home, what do you do in the middle of aisle seven to get your child, yourself, and your fellow shoppers back on track?

I asked Dr. Deborah Gilboa, author of Get the Behavior You Want... Without Being the Parent You Hate, for some ...

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