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Relearning the Art of Unwinding

Until I had kids, I didn't know how easy it was to forget how to unwind.

Recently my husband and I were at a French restaurant, tiny votive candles flickering in front of us, reflecting off the rows of wine bottles lining the walls. We had been looking forward to this evening for weeks. The grandparents had come to town to see the children and it gave us a chance to get away for a date without the kids.

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Toddlers and Rose Colored Glasses: Learning from Nostalgia

As my youngest son approaches his first birthday I'm hit with it: nostalgia. That ache in my gut about time passing, slipping through the neck of the hourglass.

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Day In The Life Of...

"Mamaaaaa...the sun is uuuuup...it's wake up time!"

Milo happily announces this every morning as he pulls the curtains of my room open, his face relishing the light - justification for his alertness. I open my eyes a crack to admire my footie-pajama alarm clock and his eagerness to greet the day, orange hair glowing against the window.

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Work At Home Parenting: A Survival Guide

A little after my son turned seven months old, I found myself feeling anxious… restless… just off.

It took me a long time to figure out the source of this feeling. Was I lonely? Maybe. Was I unhappy? Not really… I mean, the months after having your first baby can be weird, to be sure, but I was happy overall.

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Stay at Home Mom to Work at Home Mom | Mother Culture, Seasons & Purpose

Last year, I realized I wasn’t a stay at home mom anymore.

"What's it like being a work at home mom?" my friend asked me.

Work at home mom? Me?? Yes, me.

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Savvy Parent Stories: Katie LeFebvre

ParentSavvy's first ever Family Fitness Challenge kicked off on August 21st. Andrew has done a great job leading this challenge to build healthy families and kids.

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Beat the Parenting Guilt With These Kid Date Ideas

One of the biggest struggles I've experienced as a parent has been the one with my "non-parent" self. I struggle to hold on to the person I used to be before I had kids, and I struggle to actively participate in other things that enrich my life. Being able to write for a living has helped, but within the last two years, I've managed to reconnect with a part of my life I had thought was lost forever: theatre.

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When Parenting is Difficult

When I first became a mother I remember wondering during difficult times: when does it get better? By better, I meant easier. Less exhausting, not so all-consuming, not so isolating. And while it's been true in my experience that the second year is easier than the first year, I also know that challenges will arise no matter what stage my children are in.

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Hold the Moment | An Invitation for Mothers to Get in Front of the Camera

Life is so temporary. Baby rolls turn into long-limbed children. Dimples melt away. The sound of their elephant feet running through the house quiets when they leave for college. Faces we wake up with march down their own paths. The doctor calls with a diagnosis. Jobs come and go. Reality hits.

Life is always changing. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn't. But this moment that you're in, it's worth remembering. It's beautiful in all of it's fullness or hardship - in all of its relationships.

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7 Lessons from Grandkids

I have now been a grandma for almost 7 years! As I look back on those past years, I realize that I am a better, smarter person because of the things my grandchildren have taught me. Here are the "top" lessons:

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Redefining Balance for Motherhood

"So are you working?" my friend asked, on a wintry afternoon two months after my second son was born.

My friend was perched on my couch, between a pile of board books and several toy dump trucks.

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A Reading List for Growing Kids

When my oldest was a baby, I used to look at him and think, "This kid and I are going to read so many books together." I'd envision him as a big kid, sitting next to me in hazy sunlight, reading books for hours upon hours, with almost zero interest in athletic activities.

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Lullaby Remix

I love to sing. When my children were little, I had a 'special' song I sang to each of them. For my son it was "Baby Mine" from the movie Dumbo. For my daughter it was "A House for Wendy" from Peter Pan. I know lullabies have a strong connection – when I first held my son (at 5 days old – he was a NICU baby) I hummed the song to him. He pushed back in my arms as if to say "It's YOU!"

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Emotional Tips for a Leisure Trip Without Kids

I just went on a trip. A really, really big (10 day) trip without my kids or my husband. It was wonderful and amazing and a whole bunch of other exaggeratedly positive descriptive words… and it was also a massive source of anxiety for me in the months leading up to it. What were the main things I was worried about? Here, let me list them:

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Bullying starts young

My Grandson Is 6 And A Half - Too Young To Be Bullied.

According to reports, 20% of all children say they have been bullied. I don't know why I didn't think it would affect my grandkids. My grandkids are all under the age of 6 - so I thought they were "too young" to experience it. Wrong.

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