5 Reasons to Keep Your Unborn Baby’s Name a Secret

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If you thought choosing a name for your unborn baby was the hard part, it’s only because you haven’t been on the receiving end of the disapproving reactions associated with a less than loved baby name selection.

As the mother of two sons, I made the mistake of revealing both of my son’s names prior to delivery. Riddled with questions like, “Why that name?” and “Do you have any other names in mind?” and reactions like, “I think I’ll call him [insert popular nickname] instead.” and “I had a dog named that once” my husband and I were left second guessing our name choices instead of identifying with the wonderful names we had selected. [read more...]

The Inevitable Heartbreak of Mothering Boys


“I just turned 40, if I’m going to do this again I have to do it soon!” my friend, a first-time mom said about gearing up for a second pregnancy while nursing her 4-month-old son.

“I know what you mean,” I quipped, “I’m not far behind you.”

“Would you want a girl?” she asked. “I do. You know what they say about boys: they leave.”

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Could Your Family Go an Entire Year Without Sugar? This Family Did


“Can I have my dessert?” my 6-year-old eagerly asks each night mere moments after finishing his dreadfully consumed dinner. “I guess. Go ahead.” I tell him, acutely aware that I have only myself to blame. Long ago, in a kitchen not so far away, I started the nasty habit of bribing my slow-eating, ever-picky kids […]

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4 Reasons I’m Opting My Kids Out of Common Core Testing


  Like a lot of households, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have managed to transform the 2013 – 2014 school year from one of excitement to one of immense frustration. I’ve kept relatively quiet about the effects of CCSS on my kids this year because change can prove challenging while still proving beneficial. I didn’t […]

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Big Kid Childproofing: Making Your Home Safer for Tweens and Teens

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  When we think about childproofing, we’re taken back to a time of outlet covers, corner guards, toilet locks, and stair gates designed to protect our precious kids from some of the most dangerous phases of their development. But as any parent of an older child can tell you, danger, unfortunately, doesn’t end in toddlerhood. […]

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8 Parenting Mantras to Get You Through the Tough Moments


I don’t have to tell you that parenting is filled of frustration and sprinkled with greatness. From the the bedtime struggles to the epic meltdowns in aisle 5 there are moments when the magic and beauty of parenting get lost in the chaos of our everyday. Then, just as quickly, a precious moment appears to […]

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9 Things You Might Not Know about Common Core State Standards


Back-to-School night marked the first time I ever heard about Common Core Standards. “Hang on tight, parents. Common Core is about to change everything,” my first grade son’s teacher warned, “this new standard is all about teaching your kids the how and why. It’s aiming for a deeper understanding of concepts beyond memorization.” Truthfully, I […]

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When Helping Your Kids in School is the Wrong Answer


I remember getting called out during that parent-teacher conference like it was yesterday. “He has a lot of trouble working independently. Do you help him with his homework?” Boy Wonder’s fourth grade teacher asked. “Well, yes. It’s the only way I can be sure he’ll get it done.” I sheepishly admitted. “You need to stop. […]

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A Letter to My Son, the Infinite Dreamer


Dearest BooBoo, I’ve pretty much lived my whole life without a dream. Sure, I wanted to marry a good man, birth some beautiful babies, maybe even live in a nice house and take a vacation once and a while, but I never dared to dream about these wants beyond face value. That was until you […]

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10 Things for Teens to Do This Summer


Now that spring is officially in bloom, we can’t help but daydream about how we’ll spend long summer days in the not so distant future. For teens, summer offers a unique opportunity to engage in activities that encourage personal and professional growth. Let’s take a look at 10 incredible things your teen can do this […]

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