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Teaching Children To Say I'm Sorry

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“Go to your room and think about what you just said!” A phrase every child has heard at least once after being involved in a disagreement.... Read full article

When is He Going Back in Your Belly?

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Adjusting to a New Baby on Board... Read full article

Who Needs a Hot Meal?

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I go to take a bite of my food.  Just as the fork reaches my lips, my children ask, “What is for dessert?” They’ve finished their meal, and I’ve hardly had a chance to eat. It is lukewarm at this point which is how I’ve learned to eat my food.... Read full article

Gardening with Kids: Playing in Dirt isn’t Just Fun–It’s Healthy, Too!

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There’s no question, playing in the dirt tops the list of fun for kids, particularly young children, despite the protests of many well-intended parents. If you happen to be one of those worried parents, you can put your fears aside.... Read full article

And Then There Was One

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Dropping A Nap Without Drama ... Read full article



Hospital Life with a Toddler

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My daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and as such, we have spent a LOT of time in hospitals. So here are some interesting facts you may not have known about hospital stays with toddlers.... Read full article

What Parenting Defense Are You In This Season?

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Defense is defined as protecting your goal. This got me thinking. What is my goal for my children? What values and hopes and dreams are we trying to defend? ... Read full article

Have Baby, Will Travel

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All of that to say we tried it because we had no other choice. We have learned that while travel with a baby is different, it’s also completely doable and a new adventure.... Read full article

You're Not a Bad Parent

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Becoming a parent has been a high point in my life. Parenting has inherently brought so many joys along with necessary responsibilities. But with all of the wonderful moments, it seems like there are just as many guilt-inducing ones. Parents fret abo... Read full article

Unknown Costs of Raising a Child with Special Needs

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Talking about money is a taboo in our culture, but sometimes the lack of available information leaves families bewildered when they find themselves in unusual circumstances. Nobody plans on having a child who has a disability, but life doesn’t always... Read full article

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