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Loving Your Kids Well With The 5 Love Languages

It’s the month of celebrating love and I LOVE, LOVE. I LOVE IT! As a kid, I vividly remember making Valentine boxes (shout out to my mom’s patience and creativity), practicing random acts of kindness in school, crafting Valentine projects, and sharing treats with classmates. In my adult life, all things hearts, pink, and Valentine […]

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Winter Games at Brenton Skating Plaza Des Moines

The Winter Games at Brenton Skating Plaza in Downtown Des Moines is an exciting celebration of sports and outdoor recreation on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. It is a perfect opportunity for kids and families to spend time outside and cheer on United State of America at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Winter […]

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Mom Confession: My Conflicted Relationship with Being Needed

I got into the mommy business knowingly not knowing anything. So when we had two kids of our own, the surprises were beyond measure — some heart-warming, some challenging, all unforgettable. But what still catches me off-guard repeatedly, even after almost five years of parenting, is the all-encompassing need. Need for Mom. Need for me. […]

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Connecting to Your Kids' Hearts

3 Creative Ways to Connect With Your Kids

My kids are ages nine, eight and four, so I have left the hazy, crazy days of infant and toddler parenting. I am no longer changing diapers and scanning the living room for choking hazards. Instead I find myself reminding my nine-year-old to unload the dishwasher, telling my 8-year-old he can pour himself a bowl […]

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Set Your Child Up For Success with Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C. (ETLC) is a pediatric clinic dedicated to enriching the lives of children for a brighter future.  Their services include speech-language therapy, individual tutoring, and the Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP). Speech Therapy Do you have difficulty understanding your child? ETLC’s speech-language pathologists are here to help. They have extensive […]

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40 non toy gift ideas

40 Non-Toy Gift Ideas and Experiences for Kids

It’s usually around this time of year that people start sharing articles about gift ideas for kids–specifically toys. Bloggers start writing about minimalism, excess, accumulating stuff, spending, etc. So, do kids really like receiving experiences instead of toys? I asked my boys their thoughts about this. After all, they are the experts who have been […]

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Keeping Kids Active in the Winter Months

Baby it’s cold outside … now what do I do with my kids? As the cold weather approaches, do you start to hear these common words come out of your child’s mouth? “It’s too COOOLLLLDDDD to go outside!” or “I don’t have ANYTHING to dooooooo!” It can be tough to keep ourselves and our kids […]

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