6 Winter Activities for Young Kids

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Winter is the worst, amiright? I've always been more of a warm-weather kind of gal. The only time I like the cold is when I'm on the mountains skiing --- which is to say, rarely. I'd rather be sweating than freezing; there isn't even a question. I especially hate the chill now that I've got young …
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9 Tricks for Containing Toy Clutter

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We had an overflow of kids' toys before Christmas. Now, things are out of control. New gifts and toys have flooded our house, and I feel like I'm drowning in battery-operated gizmos and gadgets. Even though I feel toy claustrophobia, I have a hard time getting rid of things. It's a hoarder's …
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I Went to Take a Shower. It Didn’t Work Out.

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I rarely dump my kids on my husband as soon as he comes in the door. Sure, some days I'm peeking out the window just waiting to see the headlights coming down the street, but I can count the times on one hand when I've been all "PEACE OUT, SUCKA" and left him to deal with the kiddos. Usually just …
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My Rules for Screen Time

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When my first child was born, I really wanted to limit screen time. So much so that I would feel guilty if I was breastfeeding while multitasking on my then-BlackBerry (two phones later, I still miss that thing). And I'd tsk-tsk myself when my infant was obsessed with the bright lights of the …
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No-Mess Craft Activity for Cold Days

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Winter can make you go stir crazy. The hours you spent outside with the kids in warmer weather become a few minutes here and there while you tolerate the cold conditions. Park trips are replaced with finger painting and Play-Doh --- repeat, repeat, repeat. When Dana Lardner, CEO/Designer of Words to …
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30 Thoughts I Have While Breastfeeding Baby 3

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With your first baby, you can spend hours sitting and nursing, looking into your baby's eyes. With subsequent children, it's slightly less relaxing, particularly if your older kids are still quite young. The big kids need things, and they're not afraid to tell you. I've also found that I'm so …
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A Snack Solution for the Road (or Wherever Your Kids Take You)

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During the warm-weather months, I was so excited to be able to spend so much time outdoors with my mister. He was so much more active and interested compared to last summer. As much as he loves a long walk in the stroller, he’s quick to take me up on the offer to play at the park or the pool. My kid …
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Bad Bedtime Behavior: He Climbed Out of the Crib!

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Recently, Evan and I were in Chicago visiting my family and he slept in a pack-and-play next to my bed. I woke up to him calling for me, and my heart fell when I didn’t see him in there. I quickly started to scan the still-dark room. My mister was holding the door knob, wanting to leave the bedroom. …
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