The Twigtale Twelve - Nicole Blades

The Twigtale Twelve - Nicole Blades

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Nicole Blades has been putting her imagined worlds on paper since third grade as this curious kid growing up in Montreal. That curiosity landed her in NYC after university, working as an intern at The Sally Jessy Raphael Show. From there she became a working journalist putting in her time for the next 18 years first as an editorial assistant at Essence, and later an editor at ESPN.com and senior editor at Women’s Health. 

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The Twigtale Twelve - Catherine Connors

The Twigtale Twelve - Catherine Connors

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Catherine Connors knows a  paradigm shift when she starts one. She is a mother, an academic, a writer, a marketing strategist. And when voices too long silenced began to reverberate in the mid-aughts, hers was among the first to signal a new era had begun. 

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The Twigtale Twelve - Carrie Southworth

The Twigtale Twelve - Carrie Southworth

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Carrie Southworth is Twigtale's founder and a dedicated mother to her two young daughters. She is also a former model turned successful actress, recipient of an economics degree, and one of the funniest woman we know (please see her answer to #9). And she didn't even pay us to say that! I mean, she is paying us, but you get it. We continue the launch of our favorite new feature with her answers to The Twigtale Twelve.

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This Is "Mommy Time"

This Is "Mommy Time"

BY MICHELLE HORTON

I went 20-some years not knowing a fundamental truth about myself: I have boundary issues.

Like many people (women especially, it seems), I had a hard time knowing where my responsibilities ended and another person’s began; I immediately resorted to “helper” mode, wanting to take care of everyone in my life. I didn’t know how tonot absorb other people’s emotions, how to not take responsibility for other people’s feelings.

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Our Favorite Back-to-School Tips for Kids!

Our Favorite Back-to-School Tips for Kids!

by Twigtale

Twigtale is lucky enough to call some phenomenal parents our friends. We formed the Twigtale Parent Lab to tap the expertise of every day moms and dads who are in the parenting trenches. We look to this dynamic group for inspiration and feedback that ensures our books continue to be a first-rate parenting resource. We are also privileged to work with experts who author many of our books. It was obvious these were the people we needed to consult for the best back-to-school advice.

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The Twigtale Twelve - Bobby Benfield

The Twigtale Twelve - Bobby Benfield

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You know who the best parenting experts are?  Parents.  That's right - you are in the trenches every day with these little creatures and Twigtale wanted to share your voices. 

So began our deliberations on how to ask these wonderful, weariless parents to tell their story in a creative way. But also in a way that says, "We respect your time." We looked to our library for ideas. After all, helping you tell your story is what we do and innovating a personalized story for parents was easy to get excited about. 

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7 Ways to Help Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

7 Ways to Help Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

BY DRESDEN SHUMAKER

In a few weeks, my 6-year-old son, W, will embark on the grand adventure known as The First Grade.

This is incredibly exciting for me because I have very fond memories of my own first grade year, and I’d love for W to experience the kind of magic and wonder that year held for me. My teacher, Mrs. Jones, was almost storybook in her whimsy. She had a delightful English accent, drove a turquoise Yugo, and her husband was a bee-keeper.

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