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I'm Guilty of These 5 Parenting Mistakes (And You Probably Are, Too)

Despite my Three is the New Two post that discusses the difficulties that I sometimes have with my absolutely normal strong-willed toddler, both of my children are typically well behaved. They use their manners 98.9 percent of the time and they've never stolen from the treasure box at school or set …

Five Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Technology—and You

<b>By Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.</b><p>Photo: Claire Holt<p><i>Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D., author of</i> The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age<i>.</i><p>The single most important relationship in your child's life is the one she finds with you. What happens when you add a …

Putting Mommy Fear Into Focus

A few weeks ago was one of those days.<p><i>You know the ones. Where fear gets wrapped in a neat little package of guilt and negativity.</i><p>It was seasonably warm outside, I had a mountain of work to do. My little one had just woken up from her afternoon nap. Dinner time was creeping closer. I was on a …

What Getting a Job Feels Like Once You're a Mother

When my daughter was born, I was unemployed in Tanzania.<p>At the time, I'd been a volunteer English teacher, and my husband, Frank, was a (paid) geography teacher. We were waiting for his visa, which came in the days proceeding Grace's birth, and meant I could no longer fly pregnant.<p>I never had …

Damage Limitation Following a Parental Meltdown

I have found one of the hardest things to deal with as an RIE parent is the enormous guilt I feel when I "get it wrong" or "slip up." Because I now know the effects of expressing anger, not remaining calm or just generally losing control when dealing with the children, I am always upset with myself …

9 Ways Pregnancy Prepares You for Raising Small Children

<b>1. You are never alone</b>.<p>From the moment those feisty little sperm burrow into your egg/s, your body is no longer your own. You've got company, and that company is in your body.<p>When the kid comes out, that company will still almost always be with you. Especially in the bathroom. Small children are …

How to Encourage Lifelong Friendships Between Siblings

For as long as I can remember, my little sister and I have been close. When we were little, we'd always play together, whether it be trying on costumes for dress-up or building forts outside. Now that we're older, I rarely go more than a few days without talking to her, even if it's just a text …

Never (Ever?) Talk to Strangers

This morning, after outfitting all three kids as though they were about to race a leg of the Iditarod, I huddled them into the minivan and drove to my kindergartener's school, the usual first stop on our morning drop-off journey. But when I rounded the corner in front of the school, I instantly …

Finding Happy When You're Totally Over Winter

<i>"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must</i> …

School Leaders Announce Snow Day In The Best Way Possible

As if getting word of a snow day weren't already exciting enough, these school leaders found an amazing way to spice up the news.<p>School principal James Detwiler and drama teacher Chad Caddell at Stephens Elementary School in Kentucky have been gaining attention around the Internet after posting a …

Teaching Your Daughter How to Deal With Mean Girls

It can be heart-wrenching for moms to deal with the inevitable tears that most middle school girls will experience upon encountering mean girls. Sadly, it is a part of life. I recall my middle school years, when my best friend of seven years dumped me like a sack of potatoes for "cooler girls" …

Fun Baby Shower Games

Fun games for a baby shower do exist! Shower-planning pros share the best easy and free games and activities around for your baby shower party.<p>No baby shower hostess (or mom-to-be) wants guests to groan when the baby shower games begin. This game is a baby shower classic for a reason: It engages …