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toddlerdinner

Hotdogs and Hell – The Dinner Time Horror

Dinner time. The most god-awful couple hours of the day at our house. It is pure hell from the instant we walk in the door. The kids turn into little demons and I lose complete control of my household, my children, and my patience. This joyous time begins about 5:00 p.m. every single day. After a long commute home in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I pick up all the kids from … [Read More...]

stressedmom

What “Bad Moms” Taught Me About Our Need To Be Good

While watching Bad Moms there were times when I cackled with glee and scenes when I dabbed my eyes. Was it the greatest movie of all time? No, but it resonated with me deeply. Mila Kunis leads a rebel group of moms who decide to stop trying so hard to be perfect. They ditch PTA meetings, bring store-bought cookies to the bake sale, and get drunk on weeknights. There are … [Read More...]

Pregnant-workout

8 Simple Rules For a Safe Pregnancy Workout

When it comes to working out, it's natural for pregnant moms to have questions and concerns. Don't sweat it! With these eight simple rules for hitting the gym, you can save the perspiration for your sports bra and enjoy being active even when you're expecting. Rule 1: Talk to Your Doctor Always check with your healthcare provider before beginning an exercise … [Read More...]

sadtween

10 Things I Want My Middle Schooler To Know

Middle school today, gone tomorrow, if only our sons and daughters could understand this statement. My son is in middle school and our lives have changed. Long gone are the days of color pages and birthday invitations. Just as surely as the seasons change, so do the hormones and the moods in our home now. I realize now that at the beginning of the last school year I wasn't … [Read More...]

Baby-Sign-Language

How to Teach a Baby Sign Language

Teaching your baby sign language can increase her communication skills and encourage her to express her needs. The simple movements of sign language can overcome many communication barriers while your baby is developing her speaking skills, and it doesn’t take long to teach children how to use sign language for simple requests or expressions. Step 1 Use picture books … [Read More...]