Why its OK to be the “Mean Mom”

Many parenting books cover the topic of the types parenting styles. However, from the perspective of kids today, it seems parents either fall into the ‘cool’ category or the ‘mean’ category. A phrase often overheard when kids compare notes on the playground is ‘My mom is so mean, she made me clean my room!’, as if this a major offense. While the thought of being labeled a ‘mean’ mom may not seem […]

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Separation Anxiety in Older Kids

The tears, tantrums, and clingy behavior of toddlers when separating from their parents is a normal part of early childhood development. It can be a distressing stage for parents, but separation anxiety usually diminishes by age 3, as toddlers mature and learn to cope with transitions. However, for some kids, it can make a reappearance in the preschool and school age years.   Big changes in surroundings such as a move, a new sibling, or new […]

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Dangerous Apps for Preteens

Recently, teens have been moving beyond Facebook and Instagram to social networking apps that their parents probably have never heard of. Here are a few of the dangerous apps for preteens that every parent should be aware of.  Tinder:  This is a dating app that is notorious for being used by preteens and teens to speed up the dating process and quickly find hookups. The […]

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Cost of Being A Mom

When my kids were younger and I stayed at home to care for them, every waking hour was full of mom duties such as changing my baby’s diapers, chasing a toddler and homeschooling a preschooler. Having the privilege of staying at home and caring for my kids was priceless and I enjoyed it. However, there […]

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Tips for New Moms | New Mom Survival Guide

Here is a collection of our favorite tips for new moms that may help make the first few weeks of your baby’s life seem more like smooth sailing, with a few bumps here and there, and less like stormy waters. Get organized before baby arrives.  Create a specific spot for all the necessary items, like bottles and formula, bibs, and […]

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Lunch Ideas | Switching Up Your Child’s Lunch

Back to school time means back to the lunch box packing routine for many moms. Picky eaters can make this task a challenge. Here is some healthy mix and match lunch ideas that will have your child looking forward to opening her lunch box at lunch time. Each lunch should contain a lean protein, a serving of whole grains, a serving of fruits […]

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Pacifier Weaning | Banish The Binky

Pacifier weaning is a struggle for many parents. Some toddlers are firmly attached to comfort items, also called transitional objects, like a  blankie or stuffed animal, and take them along everyone they go, pacifier is a comfort item that can cause speech and other medical issues long term. The attachment to a comfort item usually begins when young toddlers recognize that sometimes mom […]

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Lying Preteen | How to Stop Your Child From Lying

Navigating the stormy waters of the preteen years can be a challenge, and a lying preteen is pretty common. Some preteens may think that telling a lie is an easy way to deal with difficult situations they encounter. If you discover your preteen has been a little less than truthful, here is how to put an end to this type of behavior. First, keep in mind that […]

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Child Therapy | When to See a Therapist

Parents often find themselves navigating stormy waters at different times during their child’s emotional and behavioral development. Due to a common misconception that ‘bad behavior is always caused by bad parenting,’ parents often blame themselves for their child’s behavioral issue and then assume changing their parenting style is the solution. However, modifying your parenting style may not be enough if a mental health issue is behind your […]

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Mom Groups | Why Networking is Important for Moms

Each of us has a desire to belong to a community filled with other people who share our interests, and new moms and moms who have recently relocated are no exception. Here are some reasons why building a network of supportive mom group friends is very important for moms and some tips to help you begin constructing one. When you need advice, […]

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