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3 Ways to Find and Make Friends (Who Understand Parent Life)

If you're browsing this website, you're probably painfully aware of at least two things:

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What Can You Do When Your Kids Fight?

Everybody fights. In fact, I can hear two little voices shouting right now.

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Quick Breakfasts for Back to School

August is here and that means it is back to school season. This means it is time to start thinking about quick and easy breakfasts to make your mornings easier.

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How to Survive an Outdoor Performance With Your Kids

The moderately-sized city I live in is surprisingly flush with opportunities to experience theatre. With two high schools, a university, a community theatre, a performing arts center, and an independent theatre company all within extremely close proximity of each other, we are rarely without the option to take in a show.

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The Magic of a Better Nighttime Routine

If you're anything like me, the best part of the day is the 60 minutes between when the kids go down for bed and you have to get to sleep yourself. I love that little window — that rare golden hour when the day's work is done and you can taste a little freedom before tomorrow starts it all over again. Sometimes it's the only thing that gets me through the day and reminds me why we work so hard to to build a family together.

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3 Things I've Learned Playing Tabletop Games with Kids

My family plays a lot of tabletop games. Card games, board games, puzzles — they’re a fantastic way to spend time together when your parenting brain is done being productive for the day.

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Guiding Boys to Men While Lost in Space

Have you seen the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix yet? If you want an example of great father energy, check it out.

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Board Games that Won't Make Your Brain Melt

I have a degree in English and Theatre. I am a woman of imagination. I value books more than I value cupcakes (which is a big deal), and I am in awe of people who can come up with incredible words and scenarios that delight thousands of people the world over. And yet…

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When Our Kids Resist Us, They're Asking for Something They Need

Do you ever have those days where your kids actively fight you with every step they take?

Yeah, me too.

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Greek Yogurt Popsicles

April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! I can already hear my kiddos groaning at that cheesy joke. As a mom, it is my job to dole out the cheesy jokes though.

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A Few Ways to Feel Human When You Feel Like a Broken Robot

Parenting is exhausting.

Understatement of the year, right? It's one of those jobs that can feel like 497 Mondays in a row, followed by a Tuesday complete with a forgotten dentist appointment.

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When You Treat Parenting More Like a Job Than a Relationship

I'm currently potty training my oldest son. It goes a little like you'd expect: he'll happily sit on the toilet sometimes and other times he hides behind the couch and refuses.

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When You Feel Like You're Not Enough

A friend recently confessed to me he felt like a failure in almost every area of his life. The pressure of balancing his job, his marriage, and role as a father exposed how he felt like he continually came up short.

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May Day Baskets

We all know that social media can make parenting seem like an endless to-do list. There is literally a holiday for everything these days.

What do you mean you didn't remember to move the shifty-eyed elf during December? Did you forget to dye your toilet water green to prove the leprechaun visited? Didn't you leave some time-consuming glitter lined bunny trail to your child's Easter basket? For shame! If it makes you feel any better, I didn't do ANY of those things either.

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Highs and Lows: Navigating the Extreme Emotions of Parenthood

There's this stage when toddlers shift between the extreme emotions of joy and rage with alarming swiftness, leaving parents behind in a daze of confusion. For most kids it seems to occur around eighteen months. I remember years ago hanging out with my sister-in-law and toddler niece, watching my niece erupt into tears and just as quickly light up with smiles.

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