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How to Build a Dress Up Box

My daughter is quite the dress up fashionista. She has about as many pretend clothes as she does real ones, and goes through several costume changes each day to show them off! Her collection has been gathered from numerous sources, and it's always a bit nostalgic to sort through the pieces and remember the story behind each accessory. For those of you with your own tiny fashion gurus at home, I've put together some tips for curating your own magical dress up box!

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Protecting Your Kids Without Over Protecting Them

Encouraging kids to play outside is important year round. Free play has been shown to help with how children approach problems whether in school or on the playground. In order to keep your kids safe – without hovering over them, I recommend establishing some summer ground rules. These are good to follow:

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The ABC's of Baby's Zzzzs!

Did you know that sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development? As a matter of fact, sleep is a critical part of a baby’s healthy growth and development; especially a baby’s mental and physical health.  So what are the healthy sleep patterns for infants? How long should your baby be sleeping?

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6 Ideas to Beat the Bedtime Battles

"Just 15 minutes longer." "I'm not tired!" "I don't want to get up!"

Sound familiar? Kids and parents frequently clash about when children need to sleep – and for how long. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 69 percent of children have sleep problems. Kids resist sleeping for many reasons: overstimulation, caffeine, nightmares, and even snoring.

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It's snowing outside, 15 degrees with a wind chill that makes it feel even colder. Why am I talking about gardening-right? Why am I talking about gardening-right? This is the PERFECT time to start planning your spring garden! Get your children involved too!

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6 Ways to Promote a Healthy Weight in Your Child

Maybe you're concerned about your child's weight. Maybe your child's pediatrician has expressed concern or perhaps you have been trying to make healthy changes for a while now. What do you do?

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Screening for Adolescent Depression

New guidelines ask pediatricians to screen pre-teens and teenagers for depression. This is a good addition - due to the number of teens who go undetected for the disease.

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Cold Weather Activity Precautions for Your Kids

I am always glad when parents are concerned about exercise and their children.

Statistics show that almost a third of children and adults are obese. In addition to childhood health risks, studies have found that overweight kids are at greater risk of becoming obese adults, with all the health problems associated with obesity lasting throughout their lives.

These long winter months make it tough to get outside and cabin fever may be settling in. Your children may be looking for ways to get outside and burn off some energy, and the cold weather might also be an excuse for kids to increase time spent watching TV, playing video games or using electronics.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Child Warm in the Extreme Cold

Wind chills, snow, ice – welcome to winter in Nebraska! We would all like to stay inside by the heater on some frigid days, but school and work call. Whether waiting for the school bus, building a snow man or playing outdoors – you can practice a few important habits to keep kids well.

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I was making lunch for my younger son this morning when I was overcome by how many times I have done this over the course of the past eight years. My gosh, I’ve packed a lot of lunches! Probably close to 1600.

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Okay, I can't help it. I've been thinking about natural remedies and helpful tips again. I know, you are probably thinking that the blog I wrote last spring about various (and maybe crazed) home remedies for ear aches and what not was more than enough. But, I'm just not that kind of girl--enough is never enough!

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In this line of work, it's hard to resist a cute kid video. And don't get me wrong this little one is adorable (his name is Indigo), but the cleverness of his papa makes this video that much more special.

Indigo's parents filmed him everyday for the first year of his life and took pieces from each video to create a montage of the first year of his life. He should have fun looking back on that as he grows up.

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As a parent, it's not always easy to make time for yourself much less your relationship with your significant other. There's always something to be done whether it's activities, work, cleaning, helping with homework, and the daily drudgery of everyday life. But, the time we grant to ourselves is probably one of the most important things we can do to re-charge.

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Mollie wrote a great post over at Omaha Family for getting yourself prepared for Spring Cleaning. The idea of spring cleaning can be overwhelming. She helps you to take it one step at a time and thoughts on getting the family involved. I think I'll stop by her house after family does the spring cleaning for a slice of a pizza.

Below is a downloadable checklist to get you started on the process. What other things do you take care of during this season?

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For someone who has an opinion on just about everything, I have to admit, the whole bullying topic makes my head bounce around. It seems that every day I read another tragic story about some poor kid who has killed himself because he/she was bullied and it just makes my heart break. I want to reach out to these kids and let them know that life is never that bad and that what ever they are going through is just temporary. I want to reach out to the parents, school administrators and social media and give them a firm "How did you let it go this far?" I want to know if the message we are sending to our kids about bullying is actually sinking in.

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