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Age -by- Age Birthday Guide: Pro secrets for planning a no-fuss birthday party

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Remember birthday parties when you were a kid? You draped streamers around the house, devoured cake with gooey icing and peeked while pinning the tail on the donkey. But now, there are even more options for birthday parties from bowling to tumbling. ... Read full article

The Pain of Our Children

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We do everything in our parental power to protect our children. Desperately wanting to prevent pain. Yet, pain is inevitable. All of my children have been hurt not only by the world but by people they love, including me.... Read full article

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

The New Birthday Plan

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Dear Son: I’m writing to tell you about an exciting change we’ll be making in regard to my birthday this year. Because this is a big birthday year for me (rhymes with shorty), and because you’re such a big boy now, and frankly because I’m a little w... Read full article

Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in Our Backyard and Beyond

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Every afternoon when I pick my girls up at carpool, I know I can expect one question in particular, “Can we go to the park today?” My girls adore going to the park. Last summer, we made visiting as many new parks as possible part of our summer bucket... Read full article



Stress-Free First Birthday Parties

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When Caroline Orange turned one year old, her mother, Lindsay, thought she was prepared. “We made sure we had a baby-sized cake just for her and we even laid out a big plastic mat for her to sit on while she ate it.”Unfortunately, when the delighte... Read full article

Fall Goodies!

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I’m going to give you two things I just love to eat in the fall that you can bring to your people to enjoy…you can even tell them you came up with it all on your own!... Read full article

The No-Gift Birthday Party

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Chances are your kid will attend dozens of birthday parties over the course of the next few years. Instead of worrying about what to buy so many kids, wouldn’t it be great to skip the gifts? ... Read full article

Mamas Never Get Vacation, Not Even at the Beach!

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Packing up and hitting a beach somewhere along the Gulf seems to be an annual event for most middle- and upper-class families in our area, at least according to my Facebook feed. This year, we decided to join the fray, meeting my in-laws from Virgini... Read full article

Anxiety: A Mother and Son Perspective

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I absolutely despise anxiety and the havoc it is wreaking on my sweet child and on so many in his generation, but I love him so much. I pray that one day he doesn't wake up with the feeling of butterflies in his stomach. ... Read full article

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