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Hot Fun in the Summertime

The first day of summer isn't until June 21st, but as most parents know the key to a successful summer is planning ahead!

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Making Mom Friends: Redux

The isolation of being a new mom was something I was ill prepared for. My fiancé travels often for work and only had about 5 days of paternity leave. My mom was only able to take a week of vacation time to help me out. A steady stream of visitors soon turned into a trickle. I was sleep deprived, frustrated and lonely. I needed to make some friends, but it wasn’t going to be easy. more

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How the Day Camp Experience Enriches our Children

As a mom, it can be extremely difficult to let go. However, one thing is inevitable—one day you’re going to have to let that baby bird leave the nest. One great way to give your kids greater independence and enrich their lives while keeping them close to home is allowing them to participate in a day camp.  more

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Just Say No

Recently, I have embarked on a quest to simplify my life. I started with spring cleaning and I have felt the fog of stress and overwhelm subside a bit. However, I still feel like I have too many things on my plate and my very mobile almost toddler has needed much more attention. That means there’s less time for everything else.  more

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The Resilience of Youth

Proud mama alert: My 11-month-old baby girl has recently taken her first steps! While extremely exciting, this development has opened up a whole new world of hurtliterally. In the few days that she has officially been walking, she’s had two scary tumbles. more

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For the Love of Reading

Yesterday, April 2nd, was International Children’s Book Day (ICBD). Every year, this special day falls on or near the birthday of legendary fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson. ICBD "is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books." more

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Quality Time

I’m sure there isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t feel the guilt of not spending enough time with their kids. I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I know that i am always reminded that work can wait, this precious time goes fast and that I should enjoy it. Can you relate? more

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The Rise of Sharenting

Do you share your parenting experiences on social media? There’s a word for that, it’s called “sharenting”. I use sharenting to keep friends and family across the country and even the world updated on my daughter’s growth and milestones. Sharenting helped me keep sane when I needed advice or needed to vent as I was transitioning into motherhood. more

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Volunteer Opportunity: Healthy Kids Day®

Spring is officially here, which means the end of school's nearing for millions of kids across the country. But here's a fact: children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind in in studies when summer hits. As a volunteer for Healthy Kids Day®, you can help youth in your neighborhood celebrate the Y's national initiative to improve health and the well-being of kids all year long. Check out these vids if it helps give you any inspiration to embrace your spirit of social responsibility.  more

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