Mom, Myself, & I

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One of the most important things I’ve learned in my decade or so of mothering is that the best advice comes from the mom next door. She’s the one who’s been there, who gets it, and who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. I asked ten veteran moms to share their best, hard-earned advice. You’re going to love what they have to say and I bet you so weren’t expecting #8! ...

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The topic of female friendship--especially its ebb and flow--absolutely fascinates me. I'm not the only one. In 2013, editors Jessica Smock and Stephanie Spengler exploded onto the book scene with an anthology filled from cover to cover with poignant essays about friendship. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the golden were all delved into. Readers devoured each essay, but this duo kept finding themselves drawn into dialogue about a gutsier portion of the book--the one that covered friendship ...

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By now, most of our kids are officially back to school. We've sent them off with freshly brushed hair, rosy cheeks, and picture-perfect outfits--at least on the first day. But what we do keep sending them with every single day is nothing more than crossed fingers and a hope that ... what? What do you really want (more than anything) for your kids' school year?

When I was a classroom teacher before I was a mother, I assumed that what parents really wanted to know about was their kids' ...

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Each September, we all clamor for our three-day weekend that accompanies Labor Day. The holiday is meant to celebrate the American worker and provide some time off.

For parents, especially with young children at home, time off rarely exists. What does a "holiday" weekend in my house look like?

Friday, I worked a full day because I know I am going to need every speck of vacation time to cover my daughter’s holiday break from school in a few months. I spent the evening grocery ...

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I can hardly believe it's already time for back-to-school thoughts! You know the ones. They start with: Are all of your backpacks, school forms, and lunch boxes ready? And end with: This is the year I'm going to have it all organized ... maybe!

I personally start every Monday morning with the first thought, and Friday with the second. Juggling everything is hard. But it's also important.

Nikki Wallace Wilson is a life coach for moms and she loves empowering women to find their ...

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There are a variety of arguments that have flown around the Internet for years about working moms and stay-at-home moms. This article isn't written to address the pros and cons of working or not working. There's enough online for that.

However, for those moms who are in the workforce, there are a number of benefits that can be passed on to your kids. Here are four important ones to consider.

Role Modeling.

Parents are natural role models, and the type of work and a parent's ...

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Listening to children's music doesn't have to be painful. In fact, I have to admit that some of my kids' CDs stay on whether or not they are in the car. Think it's too good to be true? Check out these family favorites. I'll bet you will end up singing along, too!

Justin Roberts: Meltdown

You can't go wrong with any of Justin Roberts' albums. We have a number of them, well worn. All of his music features an upbeat sound and great storytelling that kids can relate to. Our family ...

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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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