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The Key to Helping Kids Go To Sleep Without You

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Let’s face it, leaving our kids is never easy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leaving your newborn overnight for the first time or trusting your teenagers to stay home alone while you and your husband get some much needed time away together; any time you walk away from your home with your kids still in it, you leave a piece …

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Know, Grow & Show: The Right Way to Raise a Princess Today

Right Way to Raise a Princess

What little girl doesn’t dream about becoming a princess? The thought of tiaras, castles and gowns alone can cause internal squeals of delight. Add in the bevy of beauties Disney dazzles before our daughters on a daily basis and you can see why our little girls find a hard time discerning between fairy tales and real life. Don’t get me …

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Don’t Just Say It, Write It {The Importance of Thank You Notes}

The Importance of Thank You Notes

Presents unwrapped, meals enjoyed, miles traveled and memories made…this holiday season is almost one for the record books. But does that mean we should just move on and start looking ahead to the new year? Hardly. While the holidays are almost behind us, there is one way that we can ensure they end on a positive note… “How?” you ask. …

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What NOT to do when your daughter gets asked out for the first time

what not to do when your daughter gets asked out

It happened. For the past decade, I’ve wondered when it would happen. I’ve watched my sweet baby girl, my first-born child, grow and develop right in front of my very eyes. That sweet scrunchy nose that she modeled in every smiley-faced picture for years gradually evolved into a perfectly picturesque young woman. We haven’t allowed her to have a phone, …

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Take Nothing for Granted

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On this Veteran’s Day, the first after losing my father, I’ve been struggling with coming up with an adequate way to honor his memory. I’ve been afraid of forgetting him but more than that, I’ve been afraid of his story ending with me. Then it came to me: I interviewed my dad more in depth than I ever had while …

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How to Keep Your Kids Honest: 30 Ways in 30 Days

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If you’re like me (or most parents for that matter!), you struggle with how to keep your kids honest. Since April 30 is National Honesty Day, I wanted to help you teach your kids honesty in a more clever, bite size way. I’ve come up with 30 Ways in the 30 Days of April to help keep your kids honest. I’ve …

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How to Deal with Bullying: My son’s story

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While there are many rights of passage for a child – learning to walk, losing a tooth, breaking a bone – I’m not sure if any strikes as much fear in a mom as letting their child ride the bus for the first time. Since my kids went to private school until this year, riding the bus was never an …

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3 Easy No-Sew Costume Ideas

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On Talk of the Town today, I shared 3 easy no-sew costume ideas that anyone can make use of in time for this Halloween, or even anytime your kids need a costume, whether for a school event or just dress up at home! 3 Easy No-Sew Costume Ideas Look in your closet Find clothes you or your kids already have …

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The #1 Thing I Learned as a Football Mom

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I promise, I really intend to tell you the number one thing I learned as a football mom (this isn’t a stalling technique), but I do feel morally obligated to confess one very important fact to you: I have only been a football mom for about an hour. It’s true. My eight-year-old son just started playing flag football through the …

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Kids’ Mentors: Who will they turn to?

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At my mentor’s 60th birthday party a couple years ago, her husband asked the small group of her close friends gathered around her in their living room to go around the circle and say something memorable about her. Most were her peers, so my husband and I gleaned a lot of wisdom from those precious moments they shared, but one …

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