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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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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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