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How Being a Stay at Home Mom Hurt My Kids

I don't regret the time I spent staying home—but I also have enough distance from those days to see some of the mistakes caused by my …

9 Things I Want to Tell My 9-Year-Old as She Starts 4th Grade

My sweet pea 9-year-old, Lily, started fourth grade today. While she is excited and has nervous energy, I am anxious and stressed and don't want her to goooo! This is the part no one tells you: you just don't want your kids to grow up.<p>All of you parents who are off sending your kids to kindergarten …

Parenting

Dear Second-Time Moms, Please Stop Belittling Me

Several months ago, while picking up my then-infant son from child care, I exchanged pleasantries with a mother-of-two doing the same. All was well until she caught sight of my massive diaper bag.<p>I felt my cheeks flush as she eyed up the three extra burp cloths stuffed into the side pockets, the …

The Day I Stopped Caring About My House

My mouth went dry.<p>Suddenly, the room was spinning.<p>As I tried to focus on my husband's cell phone, which was sitting in the middle of our dining room table, the two of us heard the words we'd hoped our real estate agent friend wouldn't say.<p>"Your realtor is right. It's too late to back out. You have …

Real Estate

What an Atheist Told His Daughter When She Asked About God

The Big Questions come at the most unexpected times. The other day, driving home from preschool, Penny asked me if God could hear us. This question was followed by, "does he know where we live?" and "does he see everything we do?" My responses to these thought-provoking metaphysical queries varied …

Faith

How to Put a Toddler to Bed in 100 Easy Steps

1. Announce that it's time to go to bed.<p>2. Wait for your toddler to stop crying.<p>3. Explain that bedtime is not a punishment.<p>4. Explain that bedtime is not a new concept.<p>5. Explain that, yes, bedtime will happen every night.<p>6. Console your toddler.<p>7. Announce that it's still bedtime.<p>8. Let your …

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How to Respond to Your Child's Angry Outbursts

Several weeks ago, I had to pick up my elementary school-aged daughter early from school for her annual flu shot. I made the appointment as late in the day as I could to accommodate my work schedule and to minimize the time she would miss from class. As most parents can attest, there was a lot of …

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My Rules for My Kids: Eat Your Vegetables; Don't Blame the Teacher

A dad's lessons on raising independent children<p>My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 and a half years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22. I have always had a very prosperous job and enough money to give my kids almost anything. But my wife and I decided not to.<p>I will …

Don't Call My Daughter 'Shy'

Being shy is something I have a lot of experience with. Ever since I can remember I have been shy at varying degrees. I was the child who would hide behind my mother's legs when people came to visit or we went to visit others. I cried every day of Kindergarten and Preschool and most of Grade One …

12 Strategies for Stress-Free Air Travel With Children

Experienced flight attendants share their secrets for flying with young kids.<p>Flight attendants have seen it all when it comes to plane travel, so who better to turn to for advice on flying with kids? Here are a dozen stress-reducing strategies, all from flight attendants (all preferred to be …

Parenting

7 out of 10 Moms 'Fake It Till They Make It' So Just Relax, You're Not Alone

<i>Co-authored by Mark Simmons, co-founder WeMothers llc</i><p>My wife Nikki always seemed to be a natural at this motherhood thing to me. She often makes it look so easy, the way she balances her full time job, the time spent with the kids, our relationship and her social life. And the way she interacts …

Why Social Media Won't Drag Me into the Mommy Wars

<i>Written by Jan Cloninger</i><p>I know I may be hearing from all sides on this one. But I'll tell you up front, my intention is not to offend. It is my hope that we can just step back and think about the messages we send our children when we're publicly criticizing other people's choices -- especially when …

Take Your Pedestal and Shove It

Hey ladies, you know that whole stay-at-home vs. working thing you've been trying to figure out for a while? Well, step aside. Matt Walsh, blogger, radio host, father and more importantly, MAN, has come to our rescue to help us figure it all out.<p>Matt Walsh, the author of The Matt Walsh blog, wrote …

The Friend That Every New Mom Needs

I believe in friendships that last a lifetime, and not because you stay connected on a weekly basis via phone, coffee date, email or even Facebook. But I believe in friendships that last a lifetime because for as long as a lifetime lasts, there is someone out there who values the characteristics …

Moms: OK Is Good Enough

She leaned in and put her arms around my neck. I could tell she was about to whisper-spit into my ear and I tried not to cringe:<p>"I love you, Mommy." She paused and took a deep breath as if she was gearing up to say something really important. "You're the best mom I've ever had."<p>She squeezed tighter …

Parenting

Happy Family Habit #8: Get Your Kids to Talk with a Chatting Spot

<i>We’re back with another Happy Family Habit today and it’s a really good one. Kristin has a lot of really useful tips not only on the when and where</i> …

Just Say No to Slutoween

<i>Photo: spirithalloween.com</i><p>The other day as we were driving to soccer practice I turned the radio on for the kids. I usually listen to NPR or 102.7, but this time I switched around the dial until the kids begged me to stop on a Katy Perry song, "Last Friday Night." The kids didn't know what they …