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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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Sibling Rivalry: When Boundaries Bring you Closer

With two toddlers in one home, I struggle with deciding when to intervene and mediate the fights between my sons and when to let them work things out--usually with lots of screaming involved.

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Spring Snack Mix

Beautiful sunshiny days in February and March leave me hopeful that Spring is coming soon and the winter of influenza will soon be a distant memory. I am ready to welcome Spring with open arms and open windows. Anyone else feeling the same way?

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The Day My Son Was Born and What It Taught Me About Fatherhood

Do you remember when everything about being a parent was new and fresh?

Sometimes, the daily monotony of raising kids can push those memories into the past, frozen in a distant fog as we try to make it through the day. That is until we have space to remember them again.

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Conquering Cabin Fever and Beating the Winter Blues

In late December it snowed six inches and I stood at the window, surveying the drifts while my kids ran circles around me. I’d already been stuck in the house with work projects all week and I was dying to get out. And it wasn’t just me: even the kids had cabin fever. They screeched at each other and clung about my feet; high on boredom and drunk on monotony.

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A Valentine's Day Family Dinner: Lasagna Roll Ups

Valentine's Day, a day meant for love. There are all these romantic notions associated with February 14, but as parents, we know not to get our hopes up. You won't find me in a red dress with heels on. Instead, I will be celebrating this day of love as an entire family. I will be wearing my favorite slippers and cooking up a storm with my family. My hot Valentine's date can wait until after February 14 when the wait-times aren't as long and bouquets of roses are cheaper.

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Nature Lessons: Helping your Children Face Fears

During the Christmas season, our family went to a local nature park for a Santa sleigh ride. A tractor pulled a trailer bed full of a people through trees over a few hills. My son kept his eyes trained on the rumbling tractor as it climbed down the hill toward us where we waited in line.

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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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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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