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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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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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August 2014 Activity Calendar

Download the August 2014 Activity Calendar for a month's worth of fun. Plus, check out our Pinterest board called Monthly Activity Calendar that takes you directly to activity ideas for the days that have the Pinterest symbol. Here's to even more fun this August. 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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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