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How to Tell If You Need a Break From Your Kid

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I have a barnacle that’s been on my body for two years now. For the first eight months, the barnacle lived on my chest and needed heavy constant bouncing, then the barnacle moved to my back. My barnacle has grown to 30 pounds and now uses my body as a jungle …

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How to Remain (or Become) a Calm Mama

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I am a sucker for all of the cliche quotes floating around Facebook and Instagram about calm parenting. You’ve probably seen some of them, like: “When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” I could go on with so …

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They Always Leave the Nest

Mama Robin squeezes herself tightly into the nest with her fast-growing, one remaining baby

“That robin’s been working hard on a nest here, I’ve been watching her for days,” my husband told me as he handed me a cup of coffee one morning in May. As our family’s de facto lunch-packer, coffee-brewer, and kid’s-breakfast-maker (I’m so lucky), my husband spends a good hour in …

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Floss, Floss, Floss


It’s probably something that gets repeated every time you or your child visit the dentist: “Don’t forget to floss every day.” This is such an important routine to begin as early as when the first two baby teeth are touching; if there is not a wide enough gap for the toothbrush …

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Why Lake Tahoe Is My Happy Place

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, NV

As a native Nevadan (fourth generation), I grew up exploring our mountains and the beautiful jewel of water we are so lucky to have in our back yard, Lake Tahoe. My earliest, fondest memories are of swimming in that freezing water, building sand castles, burying my siblings in the sand …

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