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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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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It Took My 5-Year-Old to Help Me Get Over My Fear of Roller Coasters

It Took My 5-Year-Old to Help Me Get Over My Fear of Roller Coasters

by Victoria Fedden

Last month my daughter turned 5 and to celebrate we took her to Disney World. Pretty much a dream come true for her, but not for me. I was excited, but also secretly terrified.

“Mommy, now that I’m 5, I’m big enough to ride roller coasters,” she’d announced. I almost had a heart attack. My baby? On a rickety metal train? Careening down a 50-foot fiberglass mountain? No way. I broke out into a cold sweat just imagining it.

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5 Ways to Blow Your Kids' Minds

 5 Ways to Blow Your Kids' Minds

by Phoebe Hayman

You’re a mom. So, really, you’re the caterer, the cleaner, the taxi driver, the tutor, the referee, the nurse, and the guidance counselor (or as my husband calls it — the reality facilitator). These are all the amazing things your kids see in you everyday. 

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Telling Your Family's Summer Story

Telling Your Family's Summer Story

by Sara Garrity, MSW

Our books tell a great story - your story. And it is a privilege to write it with you.

Summer shifts most of our narratives. It can bring a surge of excitement - a vacation, trips to the beach, reconnecting with people you love. It can also bring chaos - a daily routine with less structure, telling your child they will be separated from you while you travel, saying goodbye when a sweet visit ends.

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3 Ways I’m Keeping My Kids’ Brains From Turning to Mush This Summer

3 Ways I’m Keeping My Kids’ Brains From Turning to Mush This Summer

by JEANNETTE KAPLUN

It’s quite a feat to keeps kids entertained during the summer, but an even bigger one to find ways to challenge their growing brains without them catching on to your plan and rebelling against you. After all, it is their summer vacation, and I do believe children need a chance to recharge away from the classroom.

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How Travel Pushes Our Family Story Forward

How Travel Pushes Our Family Story Forward

by Kelley Boyd

“Mommy, is that the Indonesian rainforest?”  Our 4-year-old son was peering out of the airplane window at the lush, green landscape below as we prepared to touchdown after a five-hour flight.

“Well sweetheart, that’s actually New Jersey.”

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