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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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Summertime Musings to My Littles

When Alice was born five years ago, I began to write to her. Just little things; how she looked, how she changed, what she did, how we loved her. Little did I know what a gift it would turn out to be - for both of us, and now for our second, Milo. I can look back and read about all those "little things" that are now worth more than anything and marvel at how quickly I had forgotten them. Luckily for me, “The weakest ink is better than the strongest mind,” or so the Chinese proverb goes.

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6 Tips for Surviving the Splash Park

Hello. I'm Lauren, and I am not an outdoorsy person. I want to be. I want to look forward to hiking and tents and bright sunny days. I want to. But most of the time, I really don't.

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Searching for a New Normal

When I first became a mother there were so many moments full of joy and wonder. But there were also moments when I felt lost and confused.

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A Special Bird Visits

I have a large flower garden area in my back yard. Over the past month, each morning before school, my kindergarten grandson and I throw bread to the birds, bunnies and squirrels.

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Meditations on Gardening with Littles

"Look, Mama - worms!" Alice has a penchant for handling those wriggly masters of the soil.

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Your Spring 2017 Parenting Horoscope

Spring is here!

Well, kind of.

The weather is weird in the midwest, and the recent rain/snow has been bumming me out. You know what's fun when you're bummed out? Horoscopes! (You remember reading those in junior high, right?)

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, find your favorite bunny slippers, and let's find out what the internet says the planets say are in store for us!

(Disclaimer: I'm not an actual astrologer. I have simply googled "zodiac signs" and "daily horoscopes" for the purpose of a fun little blog post.)

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Finding Calm in the Chaos

It was a weekend in early April and my house was filled with the sounds of a crying baby and a running toddler. Tiny feet on the hardwood floor. Clank of a plastic sippy cup against the edge of the table.

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Teaching Contentment in a Materialistic World

"My backpack isn't as pretty as the other girls' backpacks," my 4 year old daughter finally managed to pour out through tears last fall after preschool.

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The Patience of a Concrete Worker

To The Concrete Workers At The Neighbors:

I wish I knew your names. You were installing a concrete patio next door to my 6-year-old grandson's house. He was fascinated by the things you were doing and started talking to you over the fence. "What are you doing? Why are you doing that? What is that machine for?"

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