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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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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,


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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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is my child ready to enter kindergarten early - or should I wait? Should I 'red-shirt' my child for another year before he enters kindergarten to let him 'catch up?' Parents wrestle with when to enter children - and the answer is much more complex than just looking at their birthday and academics.

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Keep Your Child Safe Around Medications

Medication can aid tremendously in helping your child overcome an illness. However, medication taken in the wrong way can be very dangerous. 1 in 67 children will visit the emergency department for an unintentional medication overdose by the age of 5. Learn steps you can take to keep your children safe around medications.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Calling Dr. Grandma

Seeing your grandchild ill is a frightening experience. What can a grandma do to help? Here is the Rx from this "Dr. Grandma."

 

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Eliminating Unwanted Habits

Many children develop unwanted habits. You can eliminate these - but it takes practice - and patience.

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New Parent's Back Ache

New parents struggle with back pain all too often. What are the common reasons - and how can a parent prevent the ache?

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What Is It Like to Become a Grandparent

You Have to Experience It for Yourself.

When you were pregnant your friends and family tried to tell you how it would feel when you, too, became a parent. Nothing they said could fully explain the mixture of emotions you really felt when you looked at that little person for the first time, though – could it?

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The Battle of the Five Layers

Playdates aren't always just for the kids!

Navigate this month's negative temperatures with those caffeinated (and almost caffeinated) moms in January's chapter of Mugs Half Full!

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Family Holiday Expectations

The holidays are a time that we want to share family traditions with children. We have fond memories of our own childhood - opening presents on Christmas morning, lighting the menorah, traveling to grandparents house for Thanksgiving, the list goes on and on. But with all of the memories and traditions we want to pass on to our kids, it is necessary to consider the expectations we have for young children during the hectic holiday season. Some extra planning, preparation or alternative activities may be needed to keep the holidays from quickly becoming a stressful and unhappy time for everyone.

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