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9 Reasons to Put Your Child to Work

9 Reasons to Put Your Child to Work

    Photo Credit: Child Doing Chores at BigStock Photo Long ago, back before the button was invented (and I’m not talking about the kind of button that keeps your pants up), eight-year-old children would wake up before the sun and go out to milk cows. Ten-year-old children would make bread from scratch. Twelve-year-old children would saddle their horse and bring home lost sheep. Now there is very little for an American child to do besides enjoy one leisure activity after another. But just because we don’t[...]

27 Moments That Stop a Mother’s Heart

27 Moments That Stop a Mother's Heart

    Photo Credit: Potty Training on Big Stock Photo 1. That moment when you hear your baby shout their first mighty wail, and somehow you know this voice—it’s the song your heart has been singing your whole life. 2. That moment when you hear your toddler giggling, “Bounce, bounce,” in the other room, and you smile to yourself and think, “How sweet.” 3. That moment, thirty seconds later, when you go to peek in on her and share her laugh, and you find her bouncing on your laptop bag.[...]

25 Essential Apps to Download Before a Flight

25 Essential Apps to Download Before a Flight

By Common Sense Media Settling in for hours in the air? Help mix things up for your kids by offering as many types of activities as cramped seating allows. When books and I Spy run dry, these apps cover a wide variety of interests and ages to keep everyone happy and occupied. Play virtual board games, such as Monopoly and Scrabble, or create books with WriteReader Pro. In the mood to play alone? Have kids try The Robot Factory by Tinybop or Thinkrolls 2 to keep them interested -- and thinking.[...]

8 Lessons Newly Bereaved Moms Need to Know

8 Lessons Newly Bereaved Moms Need to Know

    Photo Credit: Baby Feet on BigStock Photo It’s been eight months since I lost my son. Never before have eight months felt so long. Never before has so much life happened in a year. While I am still very much in the throes of grief, there is so much I have learned in this short journey. I have had the privilege of forming bonds with some of the strongest of women, and through those, we have walked this ugly, heart-wrenching road together and hand-in-hand. I[...]

The “No Cop” Approach

The "No Cop" Approach

    Photo Credit: Mad Child at BigStock Photo “No” is my toddler’s best friend. It slides off her tongue like water, smooth and effortless, every time she’s asked a question. She loves how it sounds bouncing off the living room walls, how it feels trickling out of her mouth, how it looks landing on the ears of her tired and frustrated subjects (namely, yours truly). It’s her prized possession, her holy grail – her little one-syllable treasure. Even when she means “yes” she says “no.” Did you[...]

12 FREE Summer Boredom Busting Activities

12 FREE Summer Boredom Busting Activities

Photo Credit: Summer on BigStock Photo  Now that my little princesses have been out of school for summer break for a hot minute I am already hearing the wails “I’m bored”, “There’s nothing to do”, and the constant whine of my 4-year-old begging me to play with her (even after 3 solid hours of play). To keep from going crazy and from taking a second mortgage out on my house to entertain the royal court I have started looking around my small[...]

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