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Family Traditions – Why We Value and Keep Them Year After Year

While we only have a few of them, family traditions are important for us. The biggest traditions for us are around Christmas, birthdays, and our annual camping weekend. Starting Traditions Most of the traditions we hold to have been the same for years. For birthdays, the birthday person can choose their favorite meal. Some of the kids choose the same…

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3 Ways To Survive Potty Training

Here’s a riddle for you: On the best of days, you never miss once. On the worst days, there are accidents galore. What am I? Answer: Potty Training. That lovely time where you take your beautiful little child and step them carefully out of the last part of babyhood and usher in the big-kid. For some, it goes super smooth.…

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The Mommy Wars – Why Are We Divided?

In America, we love to categorize. Whether it’s activities, hobbies, neighborhoods, or people, we are always grouping things. Maybe it’s because we are taught patterns and grouping in school at a young age? Or because it’s easier to put things together within similar parameters. It doesn’t really matter why we do it though. The fact of the matter is that…

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Summer Camp – Taking On New Experiences

Summer vacation is in full swing in my house and the kids are enjoying their lazy days. Summer brings a more relaxed schedule and a slower pace. No longer are we concerned with due dates, our schedules structured with obligations. Rather, summer affords more time to play, read, explore, and just relax. Summer is also a time for growing, taking…

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Overwhelmed or Just Unfocused?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Like there’s just too much to do. You have too many things calling for your attention, but too little time to take care of it all. I’ve been feeling like that for a week. Seriously. This past week I’ve been so overwhelmed that I’m actually stuck in place. Unsure where to go, what to do…

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Raising Helpers – Teaching Kids To Love Helping

The world needs more helpers. Those people who are willing to lend a hand, do the dirty work, or simply offer encouragement and company. Raising helpers in this world is not an easy task, but it’s one that is high on my priority list. Teach Them Young I often use the phrase, “You want to help Mommy?” in my home.…

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

The internet. It’s a magical place full of information, tips and tricks, shopping, social media options, and even jobs. Unfortunately, it’s also full of not-so-suitable sites, especially for children. Keeping your kids safe online is an ever-changing task, but as parents, we need to be ever vigilant if we allow our kids access. Pros and Cons Obviously, I am a…

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