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3 Easy Steps To Prepare Kids And Families For Disaster #GetReadyGetSafe #PrepStep

3 Easy Steps To Prepare Kids And Families For Disaster #GetReadyGetSafe #PrepStep

September is National Preparedness Month – Every second counts when it comes to helping children and families stay safe in disasters.  Do you and your family have a plan for when disaster strikes? Although we think “that would never happen to me” or “that kind of disaster would never happen here,” the truth is, we really never know when or where disaster might strike. And honestly, disaster has many different definitions. Children are the most vulnerable … Read entire article »

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The 2014 Hurricane Season is Upon Us- Are You Prepared?

The 2014 Hurricane Season is Upon Us- Are You Prepared?

My husband and I have always made sure to keep extra supplies for emergencies and we are fortunate that hurricanes don’t typically come this far inland but we do get power outages during storms and have friends in hurricane zones. Right now, Hurricane Arthur is headed for Southern shores and a little planning goes a long way to surviving difficult and dangerous weather. Ready.gov has several helpful resources for easy planning: WEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts): http://www.ready.gov/alerts: Wireless Emergency Alerts … Read entire article »

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We’re Enjoying the Moment and #MomIsHere

We’re Enjoying the Moment and #MomIsHere

Right about the time I had my second son, I noticed that I was disappearing. I could have sworn I was there but I seemed to be fading away. Sometimes there would be a hand holding the baby or helping with a craft or a possibly a foot would accidentally find its way into view but, for the most part, I had vanished. What could be causing this strange malady? To be with my children while … Read entire article »

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Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Do you ever feel like that home and family you’re watching on reruns of Supernanny, is a mirror image of your own? I sure do. Some days, I hope that the door bell will ring and Jo Frost will be there to help us out! Barring that miracle from occurring, picking up a copy of Jo Frost’s new book, Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior, is the next best thing. I … Read entire article »

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Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Every other Monday is a marathon in our house. I get my daughter off the bus for dance class and then return to the studio to pick her up and whisk her off to Brownies. After trying to coordinate schedules that seem more complicated than international peace talks, her Chinese lesson ended up starting at 6:30 pm. So, dinner has to be early that day. Both kids are in piano on another day of the … Read entire article »

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Make Your Morning Less Hectic

Make Your Morning Less Hectic

Is everyone dressed? Have you gone to the bathroom? Where is your homework? Did you study for your spelling quiz? Remember to wear your sneakers for gym! Make sure you practice piano! The most hectic time in my parenting work day is the morning. My husband and I have to get four kids fed (including the newborn who only “eats at mom’s”). Plus we have to get two kids ready for school and down to the … Read entire article »

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5 Ways to Get a Few More Winks on Weekend Mornings

5 Ways to Get a Few More Winks on Weekend Mornings

When my first was a toddler and I was pregnant with my second, I would have done almost anything for a few extra minutes of shut-eye. I heard a story about a mom who was so desperate, she let her kids draw on her arms while she took a nap. We tried something less drastic. We stashed little baskets of special toys around the room for “quiet play.” One time we woke up to hundreds … Read entire article »

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Fuel for Afterschool

Fuel for Afterschool

We’re on the road, trying to make it to gymnastics by warm-up with enough time to pull on leotards and hit the restrooms, and the kids are squabbling: “Gimme, it’s mine.” “You’re going to break it.” “Well, you’re a rooty-tooty face!” What is up with these kids? And what the heck is a “rooty-tooty face,” anyway? Then it hits me. In our rush to grab the older kids off the bus and get flipping on time, we … Read entire article »

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Discover the Forest: Get Your Community Outdoors!

Discover the Forest: Get Your Community Outdoors!

I’ve fallen in love with GOOD Maker (maker.GOOD.is) — crowd-sourcing for a better world.  Since discovering the GOOD Maker platform, it’s become my new “go-to” social media distraction. GOOD Maker inspires me to propose a good idea, to evaluate and vote for solutions– which is a way more productive use of my time than pinning a bunch of recipes I’ll never cook. Here’s an example of a challenge that intrigued me:  “Discover the Forest’s Get Your Community Outdoors!” … Read entire article »

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How to Care for Baby Teeth

How to Care for Baby Teeth

Most babies get their first teeth by six months, but teething can begin as early as three months. Both of my boys were early teethers. Here’s a photo of my youngest at four months old that shows his first two teeth and a third about to break through. It can be difficult to get your toddler to brush his teeth. Rather than deal with tantrums or resistance from their children, many moms figure that it’s … Read entire article »

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