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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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I'm getting to that age where most of my friends have kids that are school-aged and beyond. Some have one, some have many, and I have two. For the first 5 years of my older son's life, he was an only child. We treated him like an only child. We moved around the country and he came along, experiencing new places and things, and lived the blissful life of being the only apple of our eyes. And then. Boom! Guess what, kid? You're going to be a big brother.

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Now that school is back in session, most of us are getting settled into our routines. For some parents, that means they can finally relax a little. No longer are they required to entertain 24/7, referee, or chauffeur during the long summer months. They can find more pockets of time during the day to get things done, without the tag-a-longs or the drag-a-longs. They have more time, alone or with a partner, in the evenings now that bedtimes are highly encouraged or strictly enforced. We can finally watch HBO instead of Disney!

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We do a fair bit of traveling in the summer. Having one set for grandparents in Wisconsin and the other set in Texas has inspired quite a few road trips. When my older kids were small we didn't even have a DVD player in the car (OMG!), so I had a few tricks to keep them happy.

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Traveling with a teen is much easier than traveling with younger kids. All you need is a map, a car, a cooler, and some imagination.

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