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How to Get Out of the House In the Morning Without Losing Your Mother-Loving Mind

Last month I conducted a little experiment. I tried to streamline our getting up and out of the house process to make it somewhat pleasant. You know to keep from screaming at everyone. Because “We’re late!!!” and “Get your shoes on! NOW!” is not a great way to start a family off on the rig read more

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21 Questions to Jump Start a Conversation With Your Kids

When you ask your kids, “how was your day?” all you get are grunts and shrugged shoulders. So instead you try, “what did you do in school?” You hear one word: “Nothing.” Rather than push harder for responses to your standard end-of-the-school-day questions, try one of these conversation read more

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DIY Projects That Won’t Break Your Back or the Bank

We are the ones who live by the highway with a huge triangular garden, big enough for the rototiller to turn up between peat-moss rows of carrots and corn - its tassels like golden flags - plump raspberries and bright red strawberries which stain my boys' lips. read more

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2015 March Activity Calendar

Sunny and warm one day, cold and snowy the next, March is tempestuous. Have some March fun with your kids to make the schizophrenic weather more bearable. read more

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Raising Kids Who Know Who They Are

Raising kids to know who they are is no small task, especially when many of us still question our own identities. Raising kids to know who they are means we need to ditch these crazy standards we call normal, and choose wellness. read more