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  1. Family Life
    'Tis the season for thrusting terrified children onto the lap of a stranger disguised in a red suit and a bushy white beard. The obligatory photo with Santa is so much a part of our holiday culture that we hardly think twice, ignoring the cries of our infants and toddlers for the (albeit brief)...
  2. Toddler & Child
    I personally find toddlers hard to shop for. So here's a realistic list of what my toddler desperately needs for Christmas. It's that time of year again! Time to bust out the holiday decorations, hunker down for the cold season, and make lists for loving relatives who need to know what your...
  3. Baby
    By no means do I feel equipped to dole out "How to Mom" pamphlets. However, I can now boast that I am two for two on getting my tots in underwear before their second birthday. While I strongly believe that children should not be rushed to reach milestones, I do think that they can be gently...
  4. Family Life
    In a world that seems to divide more and more distinctly daily, we wonder what role 'overpraise' has in this phenomenon, and whether there really is even such a thing? We'd like to thank Joanne Blackerby for this guest post a bit back. We believe that there are truths today that are still worth...
  5. Family Life
    Parenting is not for the weary, but the rewards are limitless. When it comes to shaping and molding behaviors, it's important to remember there is no such thing as a quick fix! We dug into our archives to bring out this powerful reminder about punishment -- and how it's rarely a fix to...
  6. Baby
    Bedsharing. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has the right to parent the way they feel best for their baby. Here's one family found worked for them. I have a pack 'n play that's been used a handful of times and that's it. Before my first was born, I dutifully set it up right next to the...
  7. Baby
    Parenting advice is everywhere. It's aimed at us from websites, magazines, and TV. It's shared with us by parents, friends, and nosy strangers. What's far rarer? Parenting Wisdom. You know when you find wisdom because it has a way of interconnecting with what you've already found to be true...
  8. Family Life
    I didn't realize it but motherhood made me reevaluate my definition of success and it turns out I'm way more successful than I was giving myself credit for. Sometimes I get demoralized. I find myself doing as much as I possibly can do, pushing myself as much as I can before breaking, and yet...
  9. Baby
    "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world?" - Jean Piaget I'll admit I haven't yet entered toddler territory, but I do have a fast-growing boy nearing his first birthday. And with that has come an ever-moving, ever-exploring youngster. What joy to see the...
  10. Family Life
    I don't know where I came up with it, but when I had my first child about 10 years ago I wanted to try not to use the word "no" with him. Maybe I thought that if I didn't tell him "no" then he wouldn't shout it at me. Maybe I had some misguided view about the evil nature of no that I had somehow...
  11. Baby
    Recently I wrote a post about the unexpected ways I've found community through my kids. I shared that for me this was not part of my initial plan, that community had happened but was not something I had sought. That was a bit of an oversimplification, though. One particular response to that...
  12. Toddler & Child
    My 14-month-old daughter was eating lunch when I slipped away to the bathroom to take a pregnancy test. The next time she saw me I was literally jumping up and down with a huge smile and screaming. She started to smile and scream with me throwing her spoon and its contents in the air. I wonder -...
  13. Family Life
    Have you ever been at a play date, or in a public play place when the inevitable happens? Two kids want the same toy. Both moms feel obligated to force their kid to share. After all, that's good parenting, right? I don't think so. I write bearing good news: you don't need to force your kid to...
  14. Baby
    Your child has a fever and isn't feeling her best. While some may throw, "Give her some Tylenol or Ibuprofen," nonchalantly at you (even if you didn't ask for advice), we'd like to give you some food for thought before you lower your chid's fever. Several years ago, we shared an excerpt from...
  15. Baby
    There are many different theories about what the hardest part of motherhood is. Sleepless nights, temper tantrums that won't quit and more sleepless nights sometimes make you wonder if they'll ever outgrow the 'hard'. The thing is, no one really tells you that the really hardest part of...
  16. Baby
    Want to make reading to your kids an easy thing that has few rules but all sorts of benefits? Check out one mama's 3 rules for bedtime reading. Though tons and tons of research suggest the many benefits of reading to your children, there's also research that reveals fewer and fewer parents...
  17. Baby
    Momming it with toddlers is the best thing in the world. But gracious! It can be tough. That's why we want to remind you--toddlerhood doesn't last forever, and you're not alone in the trenches. One minute you have the sweetest, most cherubic child on the planet and the next, they're literally...
  18. Baby
    There is a reason they say you can't pour from an empty cup. It may be a cliche, but most seasoned mothers will tell you that it's true- and research agrees. Taking care of yourself, aka self-care, is an important consideration for all moms. It is not only good for the mental, emotional, and...
  19. Family Life
    It's hard not to take our children's big emotions personally. Especially when we purpose so hard to be emotionally present and involved. But, as one mother shares her story of learning her little boy's emotions are not necessarily the result of her parenting, we encourage you to also take...
  20. Family Life
    Parts By Esther Crain for Yahoo Parenting, reprinted with permission. It's no secret that too much television watching can pose dangers to small kids. Children who watch television have a higher likelihood of attention-span problems, academic difficulties, obesity, and sleep issues, according...
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