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Free Birds: Complicating The Complicated

FREE BIRDS: COMPLICATING THE COMPLICATED  By Ellen Reynolds “She was suddenly a single parent to four young children, living in a new house that needed a huge amount of work.” “I know she is my mother, and that probably means that I see her through rose-colored glasses to a certain degree.” In 1988 I turned six years old. My siblings and I spent my birthday with our grandparents in Arkansas while our parents, back in Illinois,  moved all of our things across town into a bigger home. I was given a brown and white stuffed dog with a pink, leathery...

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How do we Raise First Time Listeners?

How do We Raise First Time Listeners? By Libby Hudson Lydecker “There are few things as frustrating as having to repeat the same requests over and over again, only to have to resort to screaming to get the kids to put their #*$% shoes on.” Or why does nobody hear mommy until she screams like a lunatic? There are few things as frustrating as having to repeat the same requests over and over again, only to have to resort to screaming to get the kids to put their #*$% shoes on. The morning ritual in many parent’s household often...

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My Husband Is A Way Better Mother Than I am

By Nicole Blaine, Comedy Chieftain (finding parenthood painfully funny) MY HUSBAND IS A BETTER MOTHER THAN I AM Photo: Nicole Blaine Family Archives “You know what this is?” I ask my four-year-old while pressing my nose into his baby-like cheek during our nighttime routine. “Your favorite part of the day.” Correct, he knows me well. I reach above him to turn off the bedroom light. The room glows from the superhero nightlight in the corner, just behind the lifesize stormtrooper my mother-in-law unfortunately surprised us with this Christmas (breaking our “all gifts must be smaller than a breadbox” rule)....

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Blogs Your Teenage Daughter Reads

BLOGS YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER READS Connecting with your teenage daughter can be tough at times. It’s a period (no pun intended) when she’s claiming her independence and growing into her own identity. Finding ways to gain insight into her every day thoughts can feel impossible. Here are a few popular blogs teenage girls are frequenting. Take a look, they may help you wake up to what she may be going through! Man Repeller- Appeals to young girls on up to the woman in her  mid -20’s who is figuring independent life out. Man Repeller has everything from information on...

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MOVING IS HARD Tips on a smooth transition for your KIDS & PETS

MOVING IS HARD Tips on a smooth transition for your KIDS & PETS By Fiora Aston Buying or selling your family home and moving is not easy on any of us. Here are some ideas on how to transition your kids and pets smoothly through their move. INTRODUCE THEM TO THEIR NEW HOME BEFORE MOVING DAY Once you remove all the contingencies, you’re ready to close your escrow in a few weeks and your agent gives you the green light, schedule a quick visit for your whole family. Wander and explore the home and yard together. Show your children which...

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