Mom, Myself, & I

These 10 Pictures Show Exactly Why Summer Is So All Caps AWESOME-main

Sandy hands, ice cream dribbles, water splashes. These are the things that summer is made of. As the school year comes dangerously close to starting, let’s take a look at what makes summer so all caps AWESOME. ...

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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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Sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy the little girls in your life. As a mom of two girls – and one boy – I love finding creative gifts that will empower my girls. Instead of getting them a doll dressed up like a doctor, I’m more likely to reach for the doctor kit. Professional feminist, mom, and writer, Veronica Arreola, explains why this is the way to go. She says, “It’s one thing to give her a doll that embodies an amazing career, it's another thing to help her understand ...

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Summer days are meant to be spent with the ones we love, and so are summer nights. Cocktails on the porch, hikes at dusk, sushi on patios--these are the things my husband's and my summer date nights are made of. Our stolen moments are just as important to us as our well-planed ones are, simply because we're together for them.

April Masini of the critically acclaimed Ask April advice column explains why these dates are so important. She says, simply, "Show your partner how much you care ...

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perfect books about back-to-school

Getting ready to send your little one off to school? Whether for a couple hours each week or full time classes, it can be a big change for your child - and you!

I asked parents to see what books got their kids excited about heading to school. Here are their favorites. All are great stories to read and provide a perfect chance to stock up on some extra snuggles!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Mrs. Raccoon took Chester's left hand and spread open his tiny fingers into a fan. ...

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The mess, the chaos, the tantrums, the cuddles. All of these tell the story--and sometimes a single day of motherhood. Fifteen women share moments of time that define motherhood. Can motherhood be captured in one picture? I think so, but see for yourself and find out which two photos inspired this entire series.

Elaine writes about being a mother of three and the miscellany that comes with it and shares her photography of perfectly captured moments on her personal blog, The Miss ...

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Have you been thinking about camping with your kids? What are you waiting for? Camping can be an affordable and fun way to hit the road as a family.

Heading out with young kids doesn't have to be a big undertaking. Here are a few tips to make your family camp out a success:

1. Know your kids and their limits.

Sleep: If your kids are like mine, they turn into walking train wrecks when they are overtired. Being outside all day, hiking, and sleeping in a tent wear them out in ...

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Every mother I know, no matter how eloquent, savvy, or bold, pauses when asked this seemingly innocent question: "So what do you do?" We've trained ourselves to sniff out whether these words are coming from a point of solidarity or war. Our defenses go up, and while some women tend to take the next step, guns--or words--blazing, others retreat, keeping their thoughts to themselves.

In the last decade, I've been a work-outside-of-the-home mom (WOHM), a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), and a ...

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finances, calculator, and glasses

Who is responsible for the financial strategy in your home – and do you have one? Despite the increase in dual income households, many women still are not involved in their finances. When the unexpected happens, whether illness, divorce, or loss of a job, trying to track down necessary information can be overwhelming.

Starting a family is the perfect reason to reassess your goals and monetary health. Here are some tips to make sure you don't get caught off-guard.

Sit down and ...

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Do you remember Ally McBeal's theme song? Ally McBeal was a TV icon for me. I loved the wit and the quirkiness of the show, and I loved the way music was used to convey--and sometimes instantly shift--emotion.

In the episode where the theme song is born, Ally's therapist tells her to find a song to make her feel better about, well, everything in her life.

The next day, Ally is walking to court on a busy Boston street when she starts hearing her theme song in her head. At the ...

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