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Articles in Mandy Cowley, Family Life, Health and Wellness and One Amazing Kid

How Far Should You Go To Respect Your Teen's Privacy

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Locking doors, whispering with friends, and mysteriously passing through the house—actions similar to that of an undercover operative and also commonly attributed to teenagers wanting to preserve their privacy.... Read full article

Understanding and Coping with the Holiday Blues

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with Christmas, like I suppose most kids are. But, I knew that when the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” came on, things would get sad very quickly. As a first generation American, all I knew were small celebratio... Read full article

Raising Readers One Book at a Time

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A recent Baby Center email for my seven year old (yes, I still open them to read about her development!) had the headline, “How to Encourage Reading.” I laughed and read along, knowing the advice doesn’t apply to me just now.... Read full article

Smile or Else! A Friendly Guide to Taking Family Photos and Keeping Your Sanity

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Despite the effort you put forward, it is easy to wonder if it is worth the hassle and if there is any way to make it through without feeling like you’re family is enduring cruel and unusual punishment. I am here to assure you that indeed, there is. ... Read full article

Trauma and Children

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Learn what happens when children are faced with trauma.... Read full article



The Moment I Became a Mom

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There are many milestones in the international adoption process–home study completion, being matched with your child, receiving updates, getting the travel call. However, the single biggest milestone for me was never logged on a calendar, even though... Read full article

Keeping Your Pet Healthy In The Summer Heat

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Summer is the season for fun, but just as you keep your family safe in the heat, it’s important to keep your pets safe too.... Read full article

Have a Happy Birthday (Without the Party): Budget-Friendly Birthday Ideas

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The day your child was born is a day to celebrate and make him feel special. Birthday parties are fun, but they can be a lot of work, and the costs can quickly add up. If you decide to skip the birthday party, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate big.... Read full article

9 Surprising Ways To Find An Awesome Sitter

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I have 20 sitters in my phone. My friends sometimes wonder how I've acquired so many. I sometimes wonder why my friends don’t have more. Babysitters are everywhere—if your eyes are open. Here are some places to find your next sitter. ... Read full article

School Safety Awareness

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If you were asked to close your eyes and picture the place where you feel most safe and secure, most likely you would imagine your own home. As parents, we have measures in place; like teaching our children to lock the doors, to never open them to st... Read full article

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