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Slaying the Sleep Dragon: Sleep Training Tips for Your Child

Here are a doctor’s sleep training tips on how to get your child to sleep through the night Did you know that by 4 months of age, 80 percent of babies can be safely trained to sleep through the night? For older infants and toddlers, almost all can be trained. Evidence shows that sleep training […]

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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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My Kids Love Kudo Banz, and I love Parenting More Positively

Raising young kids is tough. As children grow, they become more independent, curious, and, if I’m honest, more headstrong. Seeing my children blossom into their unique personalities is so much fun — but it’s not as enjoyable to nag them for the hundredth time to put their action figures away or plead with them to please […]

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The Kids Are Alright (And so are you, Mama!)

Looking back at my earlier parenting years, I can (sort of) laugh about all the nights spent awake, asking trusted Google questions like “ How can I get my baby to sleep through the night” or, “My daughter isn’t walking yet, is this normal?” I think about all the worry, over thinking, and stress that […]

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Chatbooks: A Lazy Mom’s Guide to Documenting Childhood

Of the list of jobs that fall under “Mom,” family historian is one of my least favorite (right after putting the laundry away). There’s so much pressure to: Take the photos: Must be a proper photograph. No blurred lines. No closed eyes. Basically, you need to be a professional photographer. Store the photos: Paper or […]

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