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How To Snap Out Of Snapping At Your Kids

This past week I’ve been struggling a lot. I’ve been struggling with balance, with taking care of my body, with patience with my kids, and with being distracted and detached from them. The biggest cause of snapping at my kids is distraction (intermingled with that lack of rest and self-care). I’m working on something important to me and fail to recognize …

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12 Simple Ways To Connect With Your Kids

With any relationship, it takes effort to stay connected. With our children, there are often times where we are shuffling them from task to task without taking a moment to really connect with them. Breakfast. Get dressed. Brush teeth. Head out the door. Don’t head out the door. Change clothes again. Park dates. School. Appointments. Several meals a day. Bathroom …

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Why Are Kids So Competitive?

We sat at the community pool by our house, playing with some new friends. All of the kids ranged in ages from three to seven. One six year old said to a five year old, “I can swim without floaties. Can you?”  The five year old then said, “I’m a really good swimmer! I bet I can swim better than …

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Your Kid “Still” Does That?

Still. “You’re still breastfeeding?” “You still cosleep?” “He’s still not potty-trained?” “She still wakes up at night?” “You mean your child still acts in a way that is completely age-appropriate, natural, and normal?” Oh. Wait. You might have heard it, you might have even said it. I know I’ve heard it. When someone uses the word still in relation to …

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How Do Children Learn Empathy?

At the playground today, I was sitting on the sidewalk, looking down at my phone for a moment, as my kids ran back and forth, flower bush to slide. On one pass, my 6 year old slowed down and called out, “Are you alright, mom?” I looked up. “Yeah! I was just reading something on my phone.” “Oh, ok! It …

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Looking for a Reason to Breastfeed?

August 1st through 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. Put on by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, this will be the 25th annual celebration that encourages, advocates, and educates the world about the importance of breastfeeding. Though most people associate breastfeeding with improved health outcomes for babies, few understand how far-reaching nursing has the potential to be. In fact, the impact on …

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I don’t play with my kids. Here’s why.

“Mama, will you play on the train with me?” my daughter asked, lining up the dining chairs to form a line of seats. “Sure! Where’s my seat on the train?” I responded, thinking we were about to engage in some good, old-fashioned pretend play together. This is what childhood is supposed to be all about, right? “You can sit riiiight …

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Dear Attachment Parent: How do I explain a pet’s death?

Dear Attachment Parent: Our family dog just died and I don’t know what to say to my 4 year old. How do I explain this? Losing a four-legged family member can be heartbreaking. While we are coping with our own sadness, we parents also have to figure out how to help our kids navigate sadness, possible confusion, and questions about …

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Is Your Child Afraid of Fireworks?

We sat in a mass of people blanketed over the sweeping lawn. Everyone staring up, ready to ooh and aww over the light show that was about to begin. Fourth of July fireworks never fail to disappoint. Then, without warning, we were under attack. People all around us started screaming and running. My partner and I scanned the crowd in …