Articles in Mandy Cowley, Turn the Page, Family Life and Holidays

A Life Worth Following

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I cannot hope my children will be unconditionally loving parents without loving them unconditionally. I cannot hope my children will be authentic in their relationships while pretending in my own.... Read full article

Stress-Free Summer Planning

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Unless single parents are teachers and have the summers off, they usually dread the summer months.... Read full article

Join the Gym So You Can Take a Nap!

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So, Laura,... put on work-out clothes, and headed to the gym for free child care with paid membership. She dropped her three kiddos off at the nursery and walked straight out the door to her minivan where she had brought a pillow and blanket. ... Read full article

Safely Raising Vegetarian Children

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Vegetarianism among teenagers and adults is on the rise, and this trend is certain to increase the number of children that will be raised as vegetarians.... Read full article

Negative Words and Your Children

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No! Stupid. Stop! Dumb. It’s possible that you have either uttered these under your breath, or to keep your child from doing something that could hurt him, shouted out a quick, “No!,” to stop him in his tracks. However, these words can have long- and... 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

Just Another Pinterest Fail

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Ok, I admit it. I am not a Pinterest mom. I’ve tried and failed and tried again. It’s just not in the cards for me. My cupcakes are not organic, and my sandwiches still have the crusts on, and I’m lucky if I match when I walk out the door every morni... Read full article

Tackling Type 1 Diabetes

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Amelie, daughter of Alysia Evans, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was almost a year old. She is now 14, and both she and her family have learned a lot about the disease since her diagnosis.... Read full article

From Color-Blind to Color-Brave: Talking with Kids About Race

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Growing up in a mostly white region, I don’t remember a lot of family conversations about race. But my lawyer parents, both public defenders, shared a law practice in a racially diverse neighborhood. I saw how their clients with black and brown skin ... Read full article

Christmas All Around the World

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We know we love Christmas here in America, but Christmas is also celebrated across the globe in ways you cannot even imagine. The religious significance of the holiday is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, while the secular festivities involve a ... Read full article

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