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Something magical happens after the holidays - when all the Christmas decor is put away, the kitchen no longer smells like cookies and the days aren’t packed with things that have to get done - there is a calm...
When parents are trying to balance their own work, it can be difficult to find activities that their preschoolers can do at home.Preschool is a time of discovery for little ones. For many kids, it's the first time they...
A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland is the first to find a connection between an insecticide and autism diagnosis.The study reports that elevated levels of the metabolite DDE of the banned insecticide DDT in the...
When my husband and I moved into our house almost six years ago we moved in with all our dreams and unpacked all our hopes.We dreamed of having a big family once upon a time, or at least what...
As we were snuggled on the couch one night last week my daughter asked, “Mom, when are my teeth going to fall out? All of my friends’ are falling out.”I smiled this question and the sentiment behind it. This...
2020 seems to be taking forever, especially for those among us who are significantly impacted by the financial crisis all of us are facing. If you're financially minded, you may have to rethink your strategy throughout this economic hardship....
Recently I was at an event with other parents and everyone was chit chatting about their summer vacations. Their summer adventures sounded amazing, exotic and, basically, like a vacation Pinterest board in the making.Their family vacation plans “Oh we're going...
Growing up I always had a best friend. Whether it was my next-door neighbor through the majority of my elementary school experience or the girl down the street when I was a tween and teen, close friends were always...
During the school week I like to make life as easy as possible. School morning can easily get out of hand with a kindergartener and 2-year-old. Amid arguing over outfits to wear, 5,000 requests for them to put their...
My daughter is a creative-type person. She always has been and will spend hours quietly coloring, crafting and doing just about anything that involves markers and imagination. So, I was shocked when she walked onto the soccer field last...
The other day my son asked, “Where am I?” while looking at a picture of my husband and me. “You weren’t born yet,” I said. His three-year-old brain processed this and asked what I’m sure seemed like a logical question; ‘Were...
 Meal time is always an excuse for my kids to make a good mess, especially in the toddler stage when they are first being introduced to some foods. Spaghetti and blueberries seem to wind up in their hair, on...
We’re a road trip kind-of-family. We’ve been up and down both coasts and we’ve driven to Texas, Alabama and South Carolina from the Chicagoland area. We do this for a few reasons.The kids and I aren’t fans of...
All families seem to have so much on their plates now days. With parents working, children’s extracurricular activities, taking care of a home and the other little details, life can feel a bit chaotic.It’s so tempting to cut some...
Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, teaching them how to become a better reader is a necessity so that they can do well in school, and...
It was a very ordinary night in September in 2011 and I was driving home from work at about 10 p.m. I was working in insurance and had worked overtime that day due to a hurricane. I had nothing...
When I was in my early 20's and kidless, I promised myself that I would never become a frumpy mom."I'm not a yoga pants and flip flops kind of girl,” I thought. “I don't even wear flat shoes!"My 30-something...

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