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Moving Past Survival in the Toddler Years

But these years with the toddler crew in tow aren’t meant to be endured, where survival is the end goal and thriving only happens once they’re over. It is possible, I promise, to enjoy this difficult parenting season too. At least in part. Here are a few things that helped. read more

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How a Toddler is like a Gerbil

Toddlers produce a new level of mommy crazy. Vigilant is the word of the hour because the only time you are off-duty is when they are asleep. So moms of toddlers let me say I feel ya. With no disrespect of course, here is how parenting a toddler can feel like letting a gerbil loose in your house. read more

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When Your Daughter Is the Mean Girl

When I hear the term “mean girl,” I conjure up memories of the movie Heathers or think of anti-bullying campaigns of recent years. When really every girl has her moments of being unkind and even downright malicious. read more

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Why Awkward is Good in Friendship

I pride myself in being able to see different perspectives, but in this case, it seemed so blatantly wrong! This is where awkward entered. I needed to make a decision, was I going to pretend this didn’t happen? That I didn’t care? Could I even pretend it away? read more

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Taking a Preschooler Swimming in 34 Steps or Less

There’s nothing like hot summer days to want us all to get to some water. Whether the pool or the lake, water and the preschooler, means a little work on the adult’s behalf. Here are a few steps for the mom of the preschooler this summer as she prepares to head to the pool. read more