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Spending One-on-One Time with Children

  Parents with multiple kids know just how tough it can be to get one-on-one time with their children, individually. This is a challenge I face often and have had to get creative to find time alone with each of my boys. Everyone has a list of activities and responsibilities to take care of, plus […]

Helping Kids Manage Expectations

Our family has been involved in some sort of recreational sports program as long as I can remember. The kids love being a part of a team and I love all of the wonderful life lessons they learn from participating in sports. As in most rec teams, everyone makes the team and everyone gets a […]

Spring Break Staycation Ideas

  Spring break season is almost here! Schools across the country are getting ready to close their doors for a much-awaited break for kids and teachers and many families are planning vacations and getaways. Other families, like mine, are staying home during spring break and are on the lookout for fun ideas to keep the […]

Conversations with Kids about Violence and Tragedy

The whole country is talking since the tragic shooting last week in a high school in Florida. There are heated debates on how we can better protect our children in schools. These conversations are extremely important and, while I don’t want to turn this post into that debate, they absolutely need to happen to make […]

Lessons Kids Learn Through Sports

As a parent, I’ve become something of an expert in finding life lessons to share with my kids in our everyday activities. Sports have proven to be an unending source of educational opportunities, whether we’re participating or just watching. As we have spent a lot of time watching various sporting events lately, from national titles […]

Five Tips for Surviving After a Sleepless Night

Sleepless nights are an unfortunate consequence of becoming a parent. Whether your kids are infants and haven’t quite figured out the whole sleeping through the night thing or if they’re older and struggling with sleep for a different reason, parents still need get up and function in the morning. This struggle has hit home with […]

7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Paying a Sitter

Valentine’s Day was such a different thing back before children. There was money for elaborate date nights and you didn’t have to hire a sitter or you could just celebrate at home without having to cut up anyone’s food or be interrupted fifty-seven times to check for monsters under the bed. While I wouldn’t trade […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate Printable

  We’re just a few weeks away from Valentine’s Day – another holiday that allows us to show those we love just how much we care. However, coming right on the heels of Christmas and other gift-giving holidays and during a time of year that can be a bit of a financial challenge for some, […]