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8 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s First Birthday

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Your child’s first birthday is a momentous event. You want to recognize the special day while also truthfully acknowledging that the party is more for you than the guest of honor. Here are eight suggestions for creative ways to celebrate your child’s first birthday while making it fun for everyone. Look to your child for inspiration. Does your child have a favorite game? Doll? Toy? use that favorite as a ... Read More »

Giving Kids Freedom w/ an App: Life360 Review

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How much freedom to you give your kids? I’m talking about Tweens and Teens here, not Toddlers, for the record. I want to know if you’re comfortable leaving them home alone, or if you let them take the bus, ride a bike or walk places? And do they have smartphones? I’m asking because it’s something I struggle with as a Mom and have been trying to figure out for years. ... Read More »

6 Reasons Why Mommy Is One of My Favorite Words

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I was looking through a book of writing prompts (Barbara Abercrombie’s Kicking in the Wall) when one caught my attention.  The prompt asked you to make a list of words you love.  My first thought was the word “Mommy.” I don’t know of any other word that means so much or that has changed me in so many ways.  (However, I understand that depending on the age of your children, ... Read More »

More Naps, Less Nagging

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The other day, I was so tired that by 5 pm I was done. I had stayed up late working several nights in a row and it had finally caught up with me. After my boys and I got home from running from activity to activity, I told them I was going to take a power nap. I lay down on the couch and I was out. Sort of. I heard, “Do we have any cardboard?…Where is ... Read More »

7 Ways to Encourage Physically Active Kids

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My son tells me that his two favorite days of the week are Mondays and Fridays. Fridays because it’s the end of the school week, and he has no homework. Mondays because he has P.E. class. That’s when I pause and recognize one of the biggest differences between my son and I. As a kid, I detested P.E.  Back in elementary school, physical education was not a regular occurrence and ... Read More »

8 Reasons Moms Deserve an Oscar

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It’s Oscar season. And even if you’re not directly involved with the “industry,” you know someone who is. You’re connected to all the hoopla. Or, at the very least, you’re aware that certain streets (including Highland and Hollywood and the surrounding area) will be closed leading up to the February 22nd event. While I was reviewing some of this year’s nominations, I realized that most of these roles are filled ... Read More »

Growing Up with Dreams and Fear

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Recently, my son selected Yes We Can for his nightly bedtime story.  (The book is a photographic picture book that includes excerpts of President Obama’s victory speech given after his 2008 election). My six-year-old son commented that one day, he’d like to be President too.  But a minute later he changed his mind.  When I asked him why the change of heart, he told me he wouldn’t want anyone to ... Read More »

Moms Night Out! Meet the Pump and Dump Show!

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Have you reached the end of your rope? Need a cocktail more than you need oxygen? Forgotten what your hair looks like when it’s not in a ratty ponytail? It’s time for a night out! The girls from The Pump and Dump are here to save the day with their hilarious style of comedy – let them say the things you won’t allow yourself to utter out loud! We recently ... Read More »

When Your Kids Are Taller Than You

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I am a normal-sized woman, which is to say, I feel short around most adult men and some adult women when they wear heels. And I am used to that feeling. But the feeling I still have trouble getting used to it looking slightly UP when I look into my son’s eyes. This Teenager who lives in my home is now so much taller than me, it seems quite ridiculous ... Read More »

5 Ways to Cultivate Kind Kids

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Most kids are pretty self-absorbed and not too concerned with the “big picture.” Traditionally, the holidays are a time when our kids are reminded to think of others, to donate to food drives and toy drives. But what about the rest of the year? How do you cultivate kindness in kids so that it becomes a habit and not just an occasional occurrence?  Remember it’s the little things that mean ... Read More »