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Articles in Mandy Cowley, Summer Fun, Family Life and Health and Wellness

Active-Shooter Drills At School

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Mommy, all of my friends at school don’t fit in the closet in our classroom.” Kate said this as such an offhand comment that I almost missed it. When I asked why everyone was trying to fit into the closet, the answer occurred to me even as she was ex... Read full article

Money Matters: Avoiding Entitlement and Encouraging Responsibility

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Teach your children the difference between wants and needs. It will leave a life-long impression and encourage responsibility in their adult life.... Read full article

From Silence to Sound

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Jill Gill’s birth plan didn’t include weeks of bed rest or an induction at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia, but when her son Tucker was born last February, she was glad he came early. Her eight-pound, healthy baby boy, however, failed his newborn heari... Read full article

11 April Fools' Pranks for Kids

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If you love to celebrate April Fools' Day with your kiddos, then we’ve got the perfect collection of April Fools' pranks for you. They are all good-spirited April Fools' fun and harmless pranks for kids, and you will be the coolest mom ever.... Read full article

Accidentally at Home

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It is easy for me to start to resent this season. But I am beginning to realize what a pity it would be to let this season of life sweep by in disappointment and miss the moments I am gifted with.... Read full article



Animal Adoption

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Is Your Family Ready?... Read full article

"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

There is Hope: An Inside Look at Domestic Violence

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“He’s teasing you because he likes you,” is a phrase we have all heard from grown ups after sharing our experiences on the playground with them. It’s usually meant to describe the moment when a member of the opposite sex would tease, push, or pull ou... Read full article

Potty Training That May Work

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Watch this video to learn about potty training.... Read full article

The Complex World of ADHD in Children

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Belynda Gauthier’s son was kicked out of five daycare programs before he turned five years old. She heard a lot of misguided opinions about what might be “wrong” with him. A social worker said he was autistic. Deafness was another theory, but testing... Read full article

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