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How To Evaluate Your Teen's Sleep Schedule

At an important time in their lives for growth and maturity, teenagers require at least 8 ½ hours of sleep every night. However, studies show that only 15% of teens are getting the necessary amount of sleep they need to function. This is shocking because it is an indication that sleep is a widespread problem for adolescents. It also means that many parents are not making sleep a priority in the lives of their teens.

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It'll Happen. Someday. Maybe.

I had my first kid a year before Pinterest came into existence… and when it came out, it was a big fancy deal. I even learned about it in a presentation given by a pretentious fashion lady at a conference. Big, fancy, deal. 

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Stormy's December Update!

Happy Holidays, Chasers' Fans!

Welcome to the end of 2017! I can't wait to get started on this New Year because the Storm Chasers have so many exciting things to share with you! Baseball season will arrive before we know it, and before that is our big exhibition game against the Royals on March 26th! Talk about starting the season off with a bang! Just thinking about it gets me pumped up!

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Four Gifts | Keeping Christmas Simple

"Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read."

That’s it. That’s all we give our children. Four things and a whole lot of contentment. We started this tradition when our now 5 year old Alice was born. I knew beloved grandparents and doting relatives would bring gifts by the sleigh, and there was no need to add to the piles. So the Mister and I decided to keep it simple - four things. We heard the rhyme somewhere and liked the concept.

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One Christmas in Three Countries: Managing Expectations during the Whirlwind Holiday Season

This year will be the first Christmas since we’ve had kids that our family will try to have three Christmas celebrations: one for our own little family, one with my husband’s family, and one with mine.

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Snowman Soup

The holiday season is officially here and now that Thanksgiving is over I am finally letting myself think about gift-giving.

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Keeping Your Child Healthy and Comfortable in Diapers

Infants wear diapers until they are fully potty trained, which can usually be around the age of three. During that time, they will go through 6-10 diapers each day. As a parent, finding the right diapers for your child is an important part of childcare that will ensure comfort for them and an easy cleanup for you.

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Creative Sayings for Parents with Stubbed Toes and Elbowed Faces

You've stubbed your toe, right?

There's nothing quite like slamming your big toe (or even worse, your two outer toes) into an ottoman or Paw Patrol snow boot that's been permanently wedged under the couch. It's a feeling that can't quite be replicated, unless you ask someone to sneak up on you at the swimming pool and kick you in the foot.

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Growth and Development: 1 to 3 Months

During the early months of his or her life, your baby will transform from a sleepy newborn into a more interactive 3 month old.

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Growth and Development: 4 to 6 months

Between 4 and 6 months, your baby will continue to grow at a fast rate and you will begin to see more of your baby’s unique personality.

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Growth and Development: 7 to 9 Months

Between 7 and 9 months, your baby will become more mobile and will develop an even greater response to their environment.

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Growth and Development: 10 to 12 Months

As your baby approaches their first birthday, their growth will begin to slow.

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Owls All Over at Hands-on-Habitat

Hello friends!

Owls are residents of Fontenelle Forest all year long. December is a great time to discover these wonderful birds as they do not usually migrate and can be seen even in winter.

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Fall Sugar Cookies

Decorated sugar cookies usually show up around the winter holidays, but there's nothing stopping us from making fall sugar cookies! With a little cocoa powder in the frosting, you can create the perfect fall inspired cookie.

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Moving Your Toddler from a Crib to a Bed

One of the biggest changes to your child’s daily routine will involve the move from a crib to an actual bed. By age two, most children are ready and big enough to sleep in a bed rather than their old crib. 

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