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Motherhood

10 things not to say to a mom on maternity leave

No matter how much a woman might love her job, having a baby makes it hard to head back to the office. Before you comment on your friend, sister, or cousin’s maternity leave, read this first. Your “helpful” comment or question just might be the opposite. 1. Aren’t you dreading going back to work? Maybe […]

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Making Lunch (Out of Nothing at All)

Dear kids, I thought I had groceries and it turns out I didn’t. I am sorry for this sad excuse of a lunch. Love, Every parent (at least once). We’re halfway through the year and the lunch struggle is real. That’s why we love the Holderness family new parody of the popular song from Air […]

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Nature vs. nurture: Is parenting overrated?

Yes or no: Is parenting overrated?  A new video debates this question, bringing new research to one of the oldest questions in child-rearing: nature vs. nurture. In this Oxford-style debate held by Intelligence Squared U.S., twin researcher Nancy Segal and behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin argue that parenting is indeed overrated and that the latest studies […]

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4 Important Parenting Tips for Moms in Recovery

“Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” – Unknown  Parenting doesn’t come with a manual. There is no perfect guidebook for you to refer to, a parental encyclopedia to look up that unknown little fact you need the answer to, no map that charts a child’s life to […]

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Mommy Burnout and How to Avoid It

Dear Mommas, You are true heroes. Parenting is one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences. You are so good at dusting yourself off after a long day of carpools, temper tantrums, picky eating, and drippy noses. We are proud of you for enduring, but we realize that sometimes you just get burned out — […]

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Holiday "glitter grief" and an angel named Claire

I lost my mother in April. It was a slow, painful death after a 30-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.  Though she was larger-than-life, she wanted a small, intimate graveside service and we treated everyone to Chinese food at her favorite restaurant following the service. There were a lot of hilarious memories shared over a delicious […]

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The Three Cs: How to Parent Successfully

 Numerous studies suggest that the best-adjusted children are reared by parents who find a way to combine warmth and sensitivity with clear behavioral expectations. Parents may find the Four C’s to be a helpful acronym: Care (showing acceptance and affection) Consistency (maintaining a stable environment) Choices (allowing the child to develop autonomy) Consequences (applying repercussions […]

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