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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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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The "Three Jar" Approach to Allowances

The "Three Jar" Approach to Allowances

by Carrie Southworth

“Mommy, how do I make money? You know, to buy stuff.”

Once again, stumped by my 5-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Up until this point, I tried to run our household in a very specific way — my husband compares it to a hippy commune. “We’re all citizens of the house,” I would tell my children. We all had jobs as citizens; we all had to pitch in.

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When You Become a Parent, a Solo Trip to the Grocery Store Is Basically a Vacation

When You Become a Parent, a Solo Trip to the Grocery Store Is Basically a Vacation

by Audra Rogers

It was a Wednesday, and I had put off going to the store so many times, my list was a mile long. You see, it’s not the actual purchasing and picking out of the groceries that I avoid — it’s the wrangling of the kids that’s the challenge. Some days I’m up for the task, but I was really low on mental energy this particular week, and I skipped the grocery store again that day.

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33 Reasons Why My Toddler Can’t Sleep

33 Reasons Why My Toddler Can’t Sleep

by Oz Spies

Bedtime excuses flood out the minute a crib becomes a toddler bed, and little ones become masters at bedtime-delaying tactics. Can you blame them? They just want to stay up and be a part of the mysterious nighttime stuff that happens after 8 PM, like doing the dishes and sweeping up dried Play-Doh bits.

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