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When Kids Learn Hospitality By Example

One of my most embarrassing moments as a parent was also the moment I realized my son was learning how to be a proper host. read more

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3 Easy Ways to Teach Children Hospitality

Learning the art of hospitality is as simple as making those around you feel welcome and comfortable. Here are three simple ways I’ve introduced hospitality to my daughters. read more

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What Operation Christmas Child Means to Moms

You may have seen and heard what Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts mean to the children who receive them, but what do they mean to their moms? Women who dream of giving birthday or Christmas or “just-because” gifts to their children but know buying school supplies and clothing will be enou read more

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Bravely Teaching Little Ones Compassion

I’ve wanted to share with Hazel about my work before she was even born, but I’ve also been nervous. How do you sum up global poverty, crushing need and transformational hope to a curious 2-year-old? read more

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What Comes Out of the Box?

You know what goes into a box, but do you know what comes out? An Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift is far more than a collection of toys, school supplies and hygiene items. read more

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Things to Stop Saying to your Kids and What to Say Instead

The words we say have more meaning than we know. What if small changes in the phrases we use with our kids could change their meaning entirely? read more

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Shaping Superheroes

We stood at the door of the mall for a lengthy moment. “Very funny, mom,” said my 12-year-old son as I waited for him to open the door for me. I just smiled at him … and waited. ‘”Okay, fine,” he finally relented. read more

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5 Ways to Let Girls Know They Are Beautiful

Recently I read an article about how girls get complimented by adults on their appearance about a gazillion to one compared to boys, while boys are more likely to get complimented on their abilities and talents. read more

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What Every Child Needs to Know Before Entering School

We’re there, in the school parking lot with yellow buses and big kids with paper bag lunches and brand-new sneakers and my heart hurts and I’m thinking of all the things I didn’t get you that I should have. read more

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Raising Great Kids – Naked Ideas

In the Summer edition of Hello, Darling magazine Dr. Townsend tackled the question of how long we should be nude in front of our children. We share more of your responses to what boundaries you have in your family! read more

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5 Reasons Why Arts in Education is Important for Kids

A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate. read more

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Teaching my Daughters to Live #LikeAGirl

It seems appropriate that a video asking what it means to do something “like a girl” is from a maxi-pad company. There is nothing more feminine than having our periods after all. Even the brand name, Always, suggests trust because of the consistency and dependability of the single word moniker. read more

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Should You Give Your Kid an Allowance this Summer?

The following tips can help you decide if an allowance is right for your kids. Plus, I’ve put together some ideas to crunch the numbers and help you figure out why it’s okay to give your child an allowance. read more

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How Digital Media Supports Learning in Children

The Fred Rogers Center has devoted a lot of time to exploring the topic of digital media and young children. While the topic often sparks skepticism about its value or even concerns about potential damage, the FRC has found digital media can have many benefits when used correctly. read more

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The Case for Celebrating Birthdays

There are some families who pace themselves for birthdays: one year family party, one year friend party. I’m not of that variety. My husband and I both come from lines of birthday celebrators. read more

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Keeping Kids Safe

How do I keep my preschoolers safe during activities this summer because they’re more likely to wander when we’re outside, and they also have more opportunities to talk to strangers? read more

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Charity Bake Sale Giveaway

Put a tasty bake sale and raise funds to make a difference for a cause you love. Charity Bake Sale Kit by Bizany includes: decorate-your-own money box,colorful banners,sales pad, recipes and a 24-page book with how to pick your cause, marketing plan,and more! Enter below to win! read more

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Why is Your Mom Important?

I remember early mornings when I was younger, tip-toeing into my little sister’s room to wake her up and help me on the pancake assembly line dad had already started in the kitchen. My sister and I would burst through mom’s bedroom door, and shout “Happy Mother’s Day!” read more

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Tech Usage Guidelines for Parents

Setting nutritional guidelines are a normal part of my daily home life: “That’s enough butter.” But establishing healthy tech boundaries for my kids can leave me feeling uneasy and vaguely guilty regardless of my decision. “Mom, can I play Angry Birds on your phone while you’re driving?” read more

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Guiding the Sibling Bond

I grew up an only child, my half siblings lived with their mothers on the other side of the world, so the unique thing called siblinghood, that mix of shared history, genetics (often), memories, parents (at least one anyway) is something I witness but don’t live. read more

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Building Trust with the In-Laws

Melding into another family is just plain hard. You meet a man you love and sometimes loving the people who raised and grew up with him is natural and easy. And sometimes it’s just the opposite, uncomfortable and even painful. read more

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Interview with the Supernanny

We had the opportunity for a phone chat with Jo Frost, or, as you may know her better, the Supernanny. She was absolutely delightful (as was her accent). Read on to find out more about the book and how to contact her with your own child rearing conundrums. Plus, enter to win a copy of the book. read more

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Please Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

I recently read an article in The Huffington Post regarding how to talk to your daughter about her body, and it said not to. read more

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25 Things I Tell My Daughters About Their Bodies

Four girls, four different body types, hair color and texture, athletic ability. And one mother who goes into a sweat at the thought of body image issues. read more

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When Kids Notice the Opposite Gender

My heart raced in a decidedly non-Hallmark direction. I felt pure panic when I heard that my second-grader might have eyes for a girl — or that a girl might like him. read more

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How to Name a Baby

There's so much that goes into a name - the words people will call our children for the rest of their lives. How about the name you were given by your parents, have you thought about that? read more

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A Simple Thing Most Parents Probably Don't Think To Do

Sometimes it's all in the details. Here's one small thing you can do to make sure you're kids are taken care of in the event of a car crash. read more

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The Important Thing About Yelling

My older daughter had gotten out a stool accidentally dumped an entire bag of rice on the floor. As a million tiny grains pelleted the floor like rain, my child's eyes welled up with tears. And that's when I saw it -- the fear in her eyes as she braced herself for her mother's tirade. read more

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Expectations of a Perfect Christmas

The mall Santa said all the right things. But to my two-year-old son Ben something about Santa just wasn’t right. As we were leaving the mall, he asked very seriously, “Mommy, why is Santa Claus wearing a Halloween Costume?” read more

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Happy Holidays with Special Kiddos

Ah, Christmas. A time to visit friends and family, to see Santa, to shop… and if you’re a mom, a time to pull your hair out from stress. Here are some ways I make my season brighter as I’m preparing for the mad race through Christmas parties, Santa visits, parades, and Target trips. read more

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Not Too Busy To Care

I’m a busy mom, and I don’t make a point of watching the news every day. When the telly is on at our house you’re likely to see parades of princesses, talking trains and singing mermaids in lieu of global news coverage, and I’m alright with that. Sometimes, though, national or worldwide even read more

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Simplifying the Holiday Season

Several years ago I determined I wouldn’t end up so tired, so empty during the holidays. As I thought about what had worked for me in the past, Here’s what made my Christmas wish list for simplifying the holiday season. read more

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Repurposing Mundane Moments

You see, my mom passed away almost seven years ago. What an enormous loss that was for our family. My mom was the cornerstone, the “rock” of our family. My mom was a strong, resourceful woman who impacted many—but especially me. read more

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Protecting Our Kids from Sexual Abuse

This is a real threat in the world, but there are steps you can do to stand up to the threat and protect your children, and to help them protect themselves. read more

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What's A Mom To Do With All This Candy?

‘Tis the season for lots of candy. And chances are you just got a deluge of it in your house. Whether class parties at school, trick-or-treating around your block or a harvest festival, your child probably just received more candy than his or her little body can handle. read more

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Exploring Private Parts: What's normal?

It can be a little unsettling to see the unashamed glee with which your preschooler explores his or her private parts. What’s normal and what’s not? Here are some ways to know what’s going on and what to do about it. read more

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Deciding to Love, Yes, Even Your In-laws

“She treated me like the daughter she never had, until the wedding, when I started to see how little she liked to give up control, especially to me.” “I just want them to like me, but I never feel like I’m enough in their eyes.” How can those who raised the man you love make you so crazy read more

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Family Buy-In

Even on my family’s best days, our house is far from quiet. With four kids very close in age, even a small problem multiplies with an exponential speed that can blindside and overwhelm me. read more

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The ABCs of Learning

Creative play tips to teach your preschooler the alphabet. read more

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Parent Preference

When they’re babies, we secretly love that our kids prefer mom. Until we want one night out without a he-won’t-take-a-bottle-from-me phone call from dad. read more

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Happiest Baby on the Block

Hello, darling! When Liz had her first baby she found out just how unnerving a crying baby can be. When she was at the end of her rope, she found Happiest Baby on the Block. It worked wonders for her, and she just had to share it with you. read more

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Creative & Inexpensive Dates

In our desire to be the best moms we can, it's important not to neglect our most important family relationship – our marriage. Here are a few creative and inexpensive date ideas. read more

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First Day of School Signs

If you haven't started a tradition of taking your kiddo's first day of school picture, it's not too late! Here are some "first day of school" printables for you to use. read more

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Ten Tips For Military Moms During Deployments

Is your family facing {or in the midst of} a long deployment? Here is some suggestions from other military moms to help get through this time of separation and anxiety: read more

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A Simple Formula for Discipline

Life can’t be reduced to a formula — especially in disciplining little kids. But sometimes a formula can be an anchor that keeps us from floundering in the choppy seas of helping children gain self-control. read more

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Safer Health Care for Your Child

With more and more people heading to the doctor, it’s a good time to remember that people who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. read more

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10 Tips for Vacation Savings

If your summer “to do” list didn't include a vacation because of budget constraints, it’s not too late. Here are ten tips to help you say “Bon Voyage,” without breaking the bank. read more

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Help Children Overcome Fear

Whether your child is afraid of the dark or of letting go of Mom, you can take simple steps to help your preschooler cope with fear. read more

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7 Things I Forgot About Newborns

Even after becoming a mom once or twice over, it’s easy to forget the little nuances that come with a newborn baby … snoring, sweating, diapers. And how can something so SMALL capture your heart so completely? read more

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Expectations of a Perfect Christmas

I love Christmas! I love to celebrate the birth of our Savior and I love the festive atmosphere during the entire holiday season. Sometimes, though, I try a little too hard. read more

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Separation Anxiety

Whether we welcome it or not, the reality is that moms cannot be with their children 24/7, but spending time apart can be difficult for both mom and child. read more

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Sharing Space

To share or not to share? This is a question many parents debate when considering whether or not to have their children share a room. read more

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The Father Factor

How do my kids’ relationships with their father or another male role model affect how they approach relationships with their parents and others now and in the future? read more