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One of the little-mentioned benefits of becoming a parent is the fact that you’re now permitted to do absolutely ridiculous things in the name of caring for your children. Stuff that once would have been frowned upon as being immature or disruptive or a waste of time suddenly becomes evidence that you’re willing to take any steps necessary to care for your child. Who knew that completely embarrassing yourself with a public performance could win you parenting ...

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Occupational therapy helps kids with a range of developmental difficulties and can help improve self-esteem and self-confidence along the way.

It seems as if the minute kids enter preschool, things like pencil grip and the use of scissors seem super important. When kids lag in some areas of development, parents naturally begin to wonder if a child needs extra help to catch up. I remember having those thoughts. Fortunately, the teacher gave me a few exercises to practice at home, and my ...

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When I was pregnant, my emotions seemed to be on overdrive. Typically, I am not an emotional person, and I'm not one to cry watching commercials, and sad stories don't make the waterworks flow. All that seems to change when I am pregnant, and the tears? -- they start a-flowin'.

I am not the only person who cries during pregnancy, and if I took a poll of the people I know, it would show me that crying and emotions seem to go hand in hand with gestating. Crying makes me uncomfortable, ...

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supermoms can still use help once baby arrives

Hey supermom, here's a pro tip: You don't have to do it all.

Learning to care for your new baby, even if it's not your first, is a wonderful, exhausting and time-consuming job. In the first few weeks after you give birth, you'll no doubt be tempted to keep up with your normal routine, which may include cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping, but trying to manage your household on your own will leave you tapped out and tired.

Keep in mind that even the bravest superheroes have a ...

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spending time with grandparents

As a child, spending the night at my grandmother's house was always such a treat. Throughout the week, I would eagerly anticipate the weekend and wonder what we would do. When Friday finally arrived, my mom would help me pack my small Strawberry Shortcake suitcase. My grandmother would pick me up right after school. The weekend would be filled with movies, tea parties, and maybe even a trip to the park to feed the ducks. I have such wonderful memories of these ...

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When it came time to break the news to my husband that we were expecting a baby, I have to admit that I was completely uninspired.

For two out of the four children, I was a bit shocked by the news, so there were more tears than jumping up and down and hugging in our kitchen (whoops). And as for the other two? I definitely went the old-school route of just breaking the news. I believe that I Sharpied up a "Big Sister" t-shirt for my oldest when I was pregnant with her little sister. For ...

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unusual ways to commemorate birth mommy gift

There are many ways to commemorate your baby's birth from those precious first footprints to saving your baby's hospital bracelet. But, some moms go the extra mile to honor their baby's arrival.

Check out 4 of the most unique and interesting ways to document and remember the birth of a baby.

A Milky Stone

Take a closer look at this lovely ring. It could be grandmother's antique moonstone but it's actually made from a mom's own breast milk. If the old-fashioned look is not ...

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Cooler weather and busy fall schedules call for a big batch of chicken noodle soup. Many of us don't have time to make homemade chicken noodle soup but there are many ways to amp up an average can or two of chicken noodle soup.

First of all you must buy a quality can of chicken noodle soup. We prefer Campbell's 100% natural Chicken Noodle Soup that has whole grain noodles. Once you've stocked your pantry with you soup of choice here are a few tips on how to boost your canned ...

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mom wearing baby in Maya wrap

When I became a mother for the first time, wanting to have my son close to me was a natural instinct. I was nursing him on demand, he slept in our bed from the first night on, and I couldn't have imagined it any other way, although we had a beautiful crib for him.

During the day I liked wearing him in a baby carrier. He was content in his Maya wrap, and I was able to move around the house with him and get things done.

The wrap was especially handy during my solo trips to ...

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swoon-worthy moments with children
Valentine's Day thoughts tend to swirl around cards and candy and hearts. But it's also the perfect time to be reminded that these kids of ours can be total and complete heart breakers. I found ten swoon-worthy moments that mothers captured of their kids. ...

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