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Pregnancy Is Tough Work

We’ve been giving birth for centuries. Despite that, I am in awe every time I see a pregnant woman. I also think to myself how happy I am that it’s not me and that all of that is behind me. I did not love being pregnant. Not one minute of …

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Want a Healthier Family Life? Consider These Four Good Habits

Are you looking at your calendar shaking your head, wondering, how did this happen? It’s an ongoing challenge, to set boundaries so that the oxygen in our homes isn’t sucked dry by the endless stream of obligations, events and invitations creating exhaustion and unhappiness. Perhaps busyness, one of modern-day families’ …

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Loving Fully in An Unfair World

Today, a bird slowly died in front of my children. The impact against our sliding glass doors was deafening. Housebound by a winter storm, the kids and I quickly abandoned our hot chocolate in our rush to discover that a bright crimson cardinal had struck the glass. It now lay …

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What We Learned About Parenting at Starbucks

When our son was four-years-old, he fell in love. The object of his affection was voluptuous — and far too old for him. He saw her constantly. She had long flowing hair and intense eyes. He called her his “little love.” The fact that our son was smitten by the …

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Holiday Parties: Getting Your Kids Involved

Holidays guarantee entertaining, in one form or another. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the chaos of hosting, cutting dramatically into family time during a season which should be above all, family-centric. I countered this once by asking our son and daughter to be servers at a small dinner party …

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5 Ways Teens Changed My Parenting Style

Parents of young children sometimes live under the illusion that if they parent well, they’ll be spared the challenges common to the teen years. It’s what I personally hoped for. But as my kids grew and changed, I realized I needed to, too. Here’s what I learned along the way. …

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Back-to-School Phrases I Hear from Parents

Most of the pediatrician-blogs and online mainstream mom/parenting pages are filled with back-to-school stuff and “best practices” for kids as they head back to the classroom. And it’s all important, right: which immunizations your child needs to get, how to get a school year bedtime routine back in place, which …

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