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  • mom melt

    Avoiding a Mommy Meltdown

    We’ve all been there. A really, really long day. The children haven’t been listening or they have been fighting or crying non-stop. And we haven’t had a chance to take care of ourselves. The little things that poke at our patience start to add up. We start to question what we’re doing wrong. We start […]

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  • Mom Burnout

    3 Causes of Mom Burnout

    It’s not just all that hard work and those daily battles wearing you out. You NEED time for yourself. You know you do. And sometimes, you even get a little — but not nearly as much as you wish or need. Mostly you are just really busy being that person everyone else relies on so […]

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  • Happy Mornings

    The Art of Happy Mornings

    I really love mornings. I love the newness of the day, the opportunity — the chance to get it all right, for once. And I love the coffee. But what I don’t love is when the really early alarm goes off — and by alarm I really mean just a tap, tap, tap on your […]

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  • Gifts that Return

    Gifts that Return

    This story is reprinted by permission from a work originally published in 1987, with special thanks to Linda Fogg Phillips.  It was early Christmas morning.  We kids had opened all of Santa’s gifts with nimble fingers in record time, and though Santa had only brought Mom one gift (“she must not have been very good […]

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  • Gifts of the Heart Return to the Giver

    Gifts of the Heart Return to the Giver

    Traditions are the threads that sew the hearts of families together throughout the generations of time.  One such tradition started when I was a child in my family of seven children.  Our tradition was drawing a sibling’s name and then making a handmade gift for them for Christmas.  No buying allowed.  It was always these […]

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  • Holidays Kids and Life

    Holidays, Kids and Life

    There’s a poorly decorated, fake Christmas tree standing in the corner of my living room. It is not the fresh evergreen, decked in frosted glass balls that I dreamed I would have as a grown up. The tree skirt is rumpled into a ball below it. My husband made a train track on a wooden […]

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  • Ultimate Opportunity

    The Ultimate Opportunity

    Develop a legacy of compassion around the holidays My wife and I are blessed with three great kids, now ages 19-26. Something we’ve learned along the way is the importance of tradition to kids, so we’ve developed a family tradition of making charitable giving decisions together during the holidays. The compassion for others, through sharing […]

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  • gift from Santa

    The Day My Child Became a Giver

    Our family began a Christmas Eve tradition two years ago. Whether we are home or on the road, we put cash into 17 envelopes that have been decorated by my children. My children walk up to 17 people that look like they could use a smile. Out of the 34 people who received an envelope, […]

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  • joyce-lee-makey

    Children can “Makey Makey” Anything…

    Creativity, hands-on learning, and cutting-edge technology; that’s what inspires me as a physician, educator, and mom. I have recently been extolling the benefits of cardboard for creativity, but I do also love new applications of technology for creativity. I just wanted to share with you our new discovery, this really cool new toy called Makey […]

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  • Cardboard

    Cardboard, the new App for our Family

    I love technology, and I use a lot of it in my work life . As a result my children love it as well, and probably spend too much time using it. There are some really great educational applications for the iPhone and iPad; for example, my son loves DragonBox which teaches kids about algebra […]

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