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

A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Valentine’s Day: The Holiday I Love to Hate

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When ranking the best holidays, Valentine’s Day has always been near the very bottom for me. My love/hate relationship with this lovely holiday began way back in high school. I was never the girl with lots of admirers, so I remember the flowers, cand... Read full article

The Santa Club

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Have you spotted Santa's sleigh in a Christmas Eve sky? Do you annually leave some milk and cookies for the Big Guy? If you're a parent to a little one, surely you have some tricks up your sleeve, and know how to navigate the inevitable 20 questions ... Read full article

Boy Mom

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When parents share such great news, people should understand that they don’t know what that couple may already be struggling with- possible infertility, loss, or just good old “advanced maternal age.” ... Read full article

Motivating Children with Exceptional Needs

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For exceptional children with physical or cognitive struggles, achieving goals is paramount. The road to these achievements can be long and bumpy, though. Children who experience daily obstacles often face discouragement.  They tire of the pain, the ... Read full article



Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas

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With clever planning and creative thinking, families can offset the holiday-induced overload of sweets by staging entertaining and meaningful activities that are low or no-sugar. ... Read full article

Daddy's Girls

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A father's passion for raising his daughters.... Read full article

For the Fathers

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Fatherhood.... Read full article

Remote Learning Challenge

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I am starting to see more students begin to adjust to digital learning. I’m so proud of how hard they are working and amazed at their resilience. I know they wouldn’t be handling it as well without your support, so I commend you for that.... Read full article

What Children Really Need After Divorce

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Research shows that outcomes for children whose parents divorce are dismal, with several variables determining the future failure or success of the children within a divorced family.... Read full article

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