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Articles in Monthly Guides, Mandy Cowley, Family Life and Get Out of Town

Teaching Children Respect

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As a veteran teacher, I’ve been asked many questions about how to teach children over the years, and only once have I been a bit stumped. The mother asked me, “How do you teach respect?” After a moment’s thought, my response was, “Every single day.”... Read full article

Co-Parent with Class: Advice for a Successful School Year

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Advice for a successful school year while dealing with co-parenting.... Read full article

Bringing Back Old-Fashioned Toys

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The scene is all too familiar. Toys are scattered around the room—the noise of blinking toys, buzzing toys, talking toys—all lit by the glow of the television and smartphones in hand.... Read full article

First Birthday Party Fun

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From hats to the bib to the banner on the high chair to the party favors to the venue to the food and drinks, the details of planning a child’s first birthday party are nearly endless. Whether you go all out or keep it intimate and simple, order a 12... Read full article

Nashville, Tennessee

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"Mama, Can I Help You Bake?"

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I revel in the moments of our time together where he’s my willing partner. In our baking moments he is not antagonizing his little brother, not making annoying sounds... but instead he is involved in a real job with me that keeps him smiling... Read full article

To Date or Not To Date? When is Your Child Ready?

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children, on average, are now beginning to date at 12 ½ for girls and 13 ½ for boys. How we define dating, however, could change these averages. The recent trend among early adolescents is for boys and... Read full article

You Want To Do What?!

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Parenting Children When They Make Bad Decisions.... Read full article

Staying Calm In The Face Of Rudeness

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Rudeness and bad attitudes are more about forming a self than most parents realize. Building a self takes a long time. ... 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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