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Every summer I vow to avoid late nights no matter what, and every summer a few late nights occur anyway. It’s hard to sleep when the sun is still high in the sky. It’s hard to sleep when the sounds of laughter and endless days drift through the window screens. It’s even hard to sleep when the fireflies light the sky and the moon jellies ...

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I love the first day back to school. Not to get rid of my children, of course, haha, no mother thinks that way, but just because it always evokes fun memories for me. There's something so fresh and new and exciting about the first day back. The new pencils, the shiny notebooks just waiting to be filled, the backpacks hanging with fresh purpose. ...

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Toddlers are usually ready to be independent at around the age of two, and clear signs of that are when they are able to leave your side for short periods of time and when their immense curiosity about their environment is apparent. How do you go about teaching independence? To start, set your toddler up for self-help by giving them chairs they ...

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What's your standard drink order? Grande skinny caramel macchiato with two pumps of toffee nut? Water with lemon? Whiskey with ginger and a squirt of honey? Just as we have our preferences when it comes to what we drink and when, our little ones have their own particular preferences. Of course their preferences can prove a bit awkward for the ...

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If you have kids who are picky eaters, have food allergies, or perhaps attend a school where no hot lunch is served, you know what it's like to devote a good chunk of your morning getting lunches ready for the kids. You also know how frustrating is it when they come home at the end of the day with their sandwich only half-eaten with fruit ...

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As soon as my children are old enough to follow simple directions, I teach them about chores. This usually happens sometime in the second year of their life. At that point, I start a chore rock-jar system, where they are assigned one chore for each age. My 3-year-old is responsible for three weekly chores, and my 5-year-old five chores. When they ...

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If you're planning to offer your baby breastmilk through a bottle, full-time or part-time, the idea of pumping might seem like an impossible juggle. Ideally, pumping will work best if you've been able to establish a good milk supply through nursing. It's not an option in every situation, but if it's available to you and you're comfortable with ...

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I would like to relay my personal experience with progesterone supplementation, in the hopes to help others in the same situation. My story begins with my second pregnancy. After my first child was born, following a healthy full term pregnancy, I didn't suspect any issues in any future pregnancies. When I saw two lines on a pregnancy test when ...

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When I think of summer, scents of coconut and sand come to mind and it always makes me smile. It's not my favorite season (that's reserved for spring) but there is always so much happiness during the warmer months of the year. If you're looking for baby name inspiration and you want to pull from something that makes you, and so many other ...

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Raising sons is mostly about fun and being OK with really bad smells, but it's also about helping these dirty-handed dudes grow into spectacular men. Trustworthy, hardworking, compassionate, intelligent men (who are also crazy good looking and funny, too) who can lead happy, independent lives. And if one of these men so desires, he can find a ...

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