Thank God for Grandparents

Thank God for Grandparents

by Audra Rogers

I bit into a piece of dark chocolate as I sat in my favorite living room chair. I poured a small cup of coffee and exhaled loudly, forcing myself to take an afternoon breather while my toddler napped.

I was in the thick of packing for a trip back home to see our families for the holidays. 

 

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The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

by Erica Davis

It started out as a dare, or maybe more of a challenge. “What would happen if we just said ‘yes’ to everything she wanted, all day?” I jokingly asked my husband, referring to our 2 ½ year-old daughter.

“Oh man, it would be a disaster. A big, sugar-filled disaster,” he replied.

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5 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity

5 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity

by Seedling

“New Year, New You.” It’s the ubiquitous phrase we see and hear as the calendar turns over to 2016.  As we head into January, we prefer to put a colorful spin on it, enhancing health and happiness by finding new ways to boost creativity.  The key, though, is to think of creativity broadly. You don’t have to enroll your family in painting classes to meet your wellness goals — unless, of course, you want to! 

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The Dad I Am vs. The Dad I Want to Be

 The Dad I Am vs. The Dad I Want to Be

by Serge Bielanko

I guess the fatherhood bar was set low for me to start with.

From the time I was around 9 years old, my own father was gone from my life, disappearing into the night, not to be heard from again for the next two decades. So becoming a dad myself, I had very little to go on, really. I only knew the worst case scenario. And I only knew I wanted to be the opposite of that.

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Why I Kissed Play Dates Goodbye

Why I Kissed Play Dates Goodbye

by Lauren Hartmann

When I was a new mom, I was pretty clueless about all things parenting. Thankfully, I got a crash course in motherhood from friends (and the Internet). One thing I learned very quickly was that play dates were the new happy hour. It was a way for moms to get out of the house and hang out with other adults, while keeping the littles entertained. 

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The Tears Still Fall

The Tears Still Fall

by Allison Lefrak 

The Tears Still Fall was originally published on December 28, 2012 by MomsRising.org. It has been reprinted with permission. 

Two weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, I am struggling to determine the reasons why my feelings about it are still so raw. There is no other national tragedy that has affected me so deeply. 

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3 Simple Ways to Create Modern Family Moments

 3 Simple Ways to Create Modern Family Moments

by Seedling

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be all-consuming. We spend December rushing around town, shopping for gifts, picking up groceries, and hunting for the perfect tree to haul home.

At the heart of the holidays is family and togetherness, so this season, find ways to spend meaningful moments with the ones that bring so much light to your life. 

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