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Articles in A Day in the Life of Dad, Joy Holden, Party and Kelly Carmena

Birthday Gift Registries: Convenience or Crossing the line?

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Today’s parents are using as many shortcuts as possible to keep up with the demands of the day. Smartphone apps signal appointments and events, SIRI acts as an administrative assistant, and with the click of a few keys you can have groceries delivere... Read full article

Back to Normal

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All it took was for my kids to reach the age of four and be in school for me to learn what summer was again.... Read full article

Did You Bring Your Money?

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So, I’m in the camp that there's always a job to be done and everyone can do a job. That means, even my children need to be doing some form of a job. So, when my children want something at the store, my response has always been, “Did you bring your m... Read full article

“No” is a Complete Sentence

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It may not be 100 percent accurate according to my former English teacher, but in my book, it is.  Too many times I catch myself giving reasons to my kids for why I tell them “No,” and I just don’t have that much time in my life at this point to kee... Read full article

Remembering the Thank You Notes

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It’s important for children to take the time to thank those who attended and for helping them make their birthdays that much more special.... 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

I Want Both Halloweens

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It’s that time of year when we dress up our children as their favorite characters and let them run from house to house, asking for candy. But, I have mixed feelings on this. ... Read full article

Shedding Light On December Birthdays

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December birthdays often get swept into the hoopla of the holidays.... 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

Tri’ing to Mom

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Whoever said the infant/toddler stage was the hardest stage LIED! Rewind four years, 2015, picture it. I was…well, four years younger (we’ll leave it at that), and a mother to a not yet one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son.... Read full article

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