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  • My Parenting Secret to a Stress-Free Morning

    In the morning I wish I was an octopus. Having lots of hands could help me manage making breakfast for two kiddos, doing the dishes, eating breakfast, and making lunches so much easier. Quick Tips to Save Time I don’t think I’m growing extra arms anytime soon. So I get up early and do lunches […]

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  • Top Tips for Parents to Get More Accomplished with Limited Time

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    Naptime.  The most amazing word to a parent.  The quiet moments to yourself to refresh and rejuvenate before the fun begins again.   I had a love, stress relationship with naptime.  I would love the lengthy chunk of time to get things done, but wanted to use this precious time well and got anxious trying […]

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  • 5 Workout Videos to do with Your Kids

    Sports. Running around outside.  These are all great forms of exercise, but what if you want to do it with you kiddo?  What if you’re stuck inside on rainy or winter morning.  These videos come to the rescue. Release some energy in a fun way. Animal Exercise.  Do the alligator or the crab.  Quick and […]

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  • Why People Can’t Resist Christmas Hallmark Movies

    Maybe you’re like me and proudly claim your love of sappy, predictable Hallmark Christmas movies.  Or maybe you’re like other people who secretly watch them, but never tell a soul.  Or maybe you just can’t stand them. Regardless, there’s a pull to these movies I always wondered about.  Why are they so popular? Even when […]

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  • No More Boring Oatmeal! My favorite oatmeal recipes

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough There’s one cookie that I can’t refuse: chocolate chip.  Now you can have the tempting dessert in the morning for breakfast.  Score! Ingredients 1 ½ cups water ½ cup old fashioned oats 1 tbs. brown sugar 1 tbs. milk chocolate chips ½ tbs. unsalted butter     Instructions Pour the water […]

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  • The Secret to Better Homework Completion for Teens

    Routine, Routine, Routine. This is essential for teens. They’re frontal lobes are still developing.  You know, the part of the brain that deals with organization, emotional regulation, and impulsiveness: the part of the brain that drives parents nuts. Those kids that have their binders in nice neat rows and get all their homework done aren’t […]

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  • Conversation Tips to Talk to Your Teen About Tackling Homework

    Your teen struggles to get homework done.  Maybe it’s a battle.  Maybe it’s a tear fest.  Maybe it’s unproductive.  However it manifests itself in your home, I’m sure it’s frustrating. You want to help them.  You want them to develop good strategies and habits. Maybe you’ve read my posts on 6 Solutions to Homework Completion […]

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  • The One Thing that Can Derail Your Child’s Potty Training You Didn’t Expect

    Weeks without an accident. Willing to use public toilets without issue. We were on a roll with this potty training. And then it happened. The one thing I never saw coming that derailed my son’s potty training. THE AUTO FLUSH TOILET. Here we were sitting on the toilet doing our thing (me holding my son) […]

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  • The Silver Lining of Gestational Diabetes

    I had to get Creative with Breakfast No cereal. No bagels. No oats. Just eggs and lots of plain yogurt.  Of course I ate more than that, but these were the main staples of my diet. Gestational diabetes affects 2-10% of pregnancies each year, according to WebMD.  There are factors that can make you more […]

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  • He Just Plays with Trucks: Encouraging Variety in Your Toddler’s Play

    My two year old son plays with trucks every day.  He loves it. They go bye bye to eat dinner or have a snack together. They line up. They go ‘down the road’ (pillow or side of arm chair).  He’s getting creative with them. I’d ask if he wanted to play piano, music, blocks, read. […]