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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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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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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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Fall Ramblings of Old-Fashioned Romantics

Can I tell you something? I'm a romantic. Particularly in the fall. You probably knew that, though, with my penchant for phrases like "kindred spirits" and "tea time."

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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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