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I prefer teenagers

I prefer teenagers. I successfully raised two of them (if I do say so myself). And - I enjoyed being their parent more and more as they grew.

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Avoid a Sports Overuse Injury

Is your child athletic? Great! Participating in sports can encourage a lifelong love of exercise. There are also benefits to your child’s physical and mental well-being.

While children are recommended to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day, be aware of your child causing an overuse injury. 

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Are Free Violin Lessons (Here in Omaha!) for You?

The benefits of music education at a young age are tremendous. Students do better academically, appreciate culture, practice dexterity, and cultivate confidence. For all of these reasons and more I wanted Aurora and Grayson to learn to play something. Not being musically talented myself or able to afford an expensive private tutor, it was remarkable to find a program offering free violin or cello lessons for five years!

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Pass the Green Beans: Raising Healthy, Independent Eaters with Family Style Meals

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating and enjoy mealtime with your family is to switch from pre-plating your child's food and start serving meals "family style."

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Categories: nutrition, parenting,


How I Found Myself By Having Kids

It has been a nostalgia inducing weekend. It's a season of life change for us, so as we transition to the new, it has me thinking about the old. Thinking, dwelling, trying to sort it all out… I find the question of, 'How did we get from there to here' essential to process through as we hit each new age and stage of life. This particular weekend involved me reminiscing via Facebook, as I scrolled through the hundreds of mobile uploads I have shared over the years. This is how I got from then to now, and how I became myself along the way.

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Disaster Preparedness in 4 Easy Steps

Remember back in 1997 when Halloween was cancelled in locations in eastern Nebraska due to a snowstorm? Cancelling Halloween may not have been a true "disaster" as much for the adults as it was for the children who look forward to an evening of trick-or-treating. The real disaster that weekend occurred when tree branches (which still had most of their leaves) became heavy with ice and snow and snapped during the night. This caused further damage to property and power outages throughout Omaha and Lincoln for up to 8 days.

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Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


10 Ways to Prevent Toddler Halloween Fear

Around Halloween every store has scary decorations! Some stores are scarier than others, especially in the eyes of young children.

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Hands-On Storytelling

Our Wednesday started with a wiggle, an itch to run, an inability to sit still, and a frustrated mom. That sentence pretty much sums up my almost four year old boy, Grayson, and our relationship. He's incredibly smart, yet lacks the focus and discipline to sit down and participate in most activities. It's especially hard when his older sister wants to do something quietly, like reading a book, and he's zooming all over the house like a race car! I appreciate his enthusiasm and wild passion for enjoying life; however, I know that when he starts school this may become an issue.

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Shopping for the Baby Medicine Cabinet

Bringing baby home is exciting - ok maybe a little scary too! Your baby shouldn't need very much medication right away after coming home from the hospital. However, it is good to be prepared in case your baby develops a fever or has a problem with a gassy tummy.

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Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

My five year old, Aurora, will start kindergarten in the fall… that's kind of scary to see written out! She's my oldest, so this is all foreign, and I feel quite unprepared for this new phase of life we're about to enter in to. Aurora is excited though, she's so social and loves to learn... she continually asks if it's Fall yet so she can start school!

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Call me Grandma, Please

Not everyone fully embraces their "grandmotherliness" I will admit. However, today's grandma is quite a bit different than those in my childhood. If you are reluctant to embrace the name, consider these alternatives - and some facts about grandparents as well.

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


It's Like Riding A Bike

'It's like riding a bike', is an expression that most of us are familiar with. For young children (and their parents), riding a bike is an important milestone. Typically, this milestone is right up there with other physical development skills children develop such as: rolling over, crawling and walking. 

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Categories: parenting, development,


Helping Kids Cope with Big Changes

Five carry ons, four large suitcases, two carseats, two kids, one parent. That about sums up our 18 hour trip home from Germany. If you have kids then you're a well informed individual, you can fill in the details for yourself. I personally have blocked most of that painful flight out of my mind as a self preservation mechanism.

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The Best Gift from Parent to Grandparent

This year I received a precious gift. I spent Mother's Day at a wonderful concert. Seeing Garth Brooks perform for the first time in 17 years wasn't the present though - the best Mother's Day gift ever was...

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3 Things to Remember When Disciplining Your Child

Do you ever wonder why children do what they do and how you can help them learn from their behaviors. Why did Timmy bite Sasha, and why did Lori knock down Cory's block tower? Would you like to know how you can help children through these kinds of situations?

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Categories: parenting, development,