Strengthening Parent/Child Bonds: 6 Tips for Dating Your Children

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In working with clients over the years, I've witnessed so many missed opportunities for parents and kids to connect that I've begun pointing out simple ways you can "date your kids."
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In addition to regularly planned and scheduled dates with your children, what if I were to propose the

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Creativity: How to Make Your Child’s Room a Creative Space

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Creativity isn't solely for playtime. Creative people are responsible for some of the most beautiful creations and important inventions of our time. When you foster creativity in your child, you foster your child’s ability to think outside the box and open up their mind to greater possibilities. If you want…

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Mary Poppins and Motherhood: Five Tips for Creating Magical Moments With Your Kids

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When I think about the perfect role model mother figure from the movies, I immediately think of Mary Poppins. She swoops in and gets the kids to clean, feed the birds, and love to laugh without any apparent effort. She lets difficult situations, like chimney smoke, take her to new…

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Sharing Your Life History Through Photography

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Do you adore the mystery and charm of a vintage black and white photo? Do you ever study the photo to see the fashions, and unfamiliar objects? Do you get excited when you find a handwritten note on the back telling the year, the location, or the people in the…

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Stop Sibling Rivalry in its Tracks

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We’ve all been there. Your home is peaceful and happy one minute, then the next it’s an all-out war zone. Sibling rivalry is an age-old problem that’s never completely going to go away. If you’ve looked into the subject much, you’ve probably come across the advice to avoid taking sides.…

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Gardening: How to Teach Kids About Seeds and Gardening

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Gardening with your family is a great way to involve children. What kid doesn't like to play in the dirt? There is something carefree and fun about getting dirty, especially when it's okay with mom and dad. Gardening together can teach family values like working together, following directions and patience.…

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Valentine’s Day Coloring Page from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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Did you know that 62 kids enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute? That’s a lot of kids — 10 million annually, to be precise. Today we are helping to raise awareness about the charitable need of children’s hospitals with this cute and fun Valentine’s Day printable…

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Saying Yes – A Parenting Experiment

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I don't like disciplining my kids. I do it, of course. As parents we need to set limits, boundaries, and teach our kids. But that doesn't mean I like it. That means I say "no" a lot. Or otherwise use a negative phrase when I need to get…

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Decorating for a Kid’s Valentine’s Day Party

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I love holiday parties. I especially love throwing kids parties. I get a kick out of planning everything! I'm a party person! You know what else I am? A cheap person. I am always try to be thrifty while planning out my parties! Why throw a party that you'll…

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Tips for Creating Family Fun Nights

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As I child I was never into "forced fun." My mom and dad might make my sister and I tag along with them to the local nature park. Or go see some local art exhibit. Or some activity at the local community center. All these things were well intentioned.…

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