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List for Packing a Diaper Bag

I’ve been designing diaper bags for 12 years, even before I had a child. When I finally had my own baby girl three years ago and I had to use one of my diaper bags for the first time….I panicked!  Suddenly I couldn’t remember what all those pockets I designed were for! I took a deep breath.  I braved the challenge, and filled up my diaper bag for the first time. After a … [Read More...]

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College Acceptance and Rejection: What Parents Can Do To Help

For high school seniors, and we parents, April is, as T.S. Eliot wrote, the cruelest month: the time when 17 and 18 year olds find out whether or not they’ve been accepted into college. The news doesn’t come via a fat or thin envelope in your mail slot anymore; now it’s delivered via a click of a computer or iPhone. But the news is no less fraught with tension and great … [Read More...]

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How to Raise Independent Kids

I have found that many teenagers are being coddled too much by doting parents.  So when it comes time to go to college, they break down because they haven’t been taught independence skills.  I have seen so many kids so sheltered that they have a terrible time with the basics of doing laundry, cleaning, and making a schedule ( that the teenager makes and follows).  I truly … [Read More...]

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How To Survive (And Defuse) Your Toddler’s Worst Tantrums

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmont The toddler tornado has hit my home.  There are two whirlwinds now.  One two-year-old and one four-year-old.  They compete over toys, food, affection and when it suits them, combine their energies into one giant parent-trap storm. When my two-year … [Read More...]