Play More Often for Happy Kids!

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I've seen some great articles on the importance of play in the past few months.  This is a good thing.  While people all over the country continue to … [Continue reading...]

Parenting articles to check out…

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It's been busy around here lately!  Between my work at allParenting and Everyday Family and the book that has a deadline quickly approaching…I've been … [Continue reading...]

Addiction, Mental Health, and Parenting: Why You Need to Connect the Dots

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I can't pretend to know what fighting addiction truly entails.  I have friends who fight for their sobriety every day.  They never miss a … [Continue reading...]

Distracted No More with Hands Free Mama

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I have a love/not-so-love relationship with technology. There are times when I feel like I couldn't possibly live without my iPhone.  When my … [Continue reading...]

Get a HAPPY Start to 2014!

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Happy New Year, Practical friends!  We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season are are ready to hit the ground playing in 2014! We are snowed … [Continue reading...]

And then there was a book…

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I have wanted to be an author since I was eight years old... I remember sitting in my pink and green room, colors chosen for (not by) me, with a … [Continue reading...]

TIC Holiday 101: The Babysitter Checklist

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  Holiday season is officially in full swing (we even have some cooler temperatures out here in SoCal to show for it), and today I have some … [Continue reading...]

My Kind of Holiday: The Kid Detective (Giveaway!)

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Many kids write a holiday list sometime around the beginning of December.  They tend to have certain "must have" items in mind.  But you might find … [Continue reading...]

My Kind of Holiday: Baking with Kids!

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What's my kind of holiday? (You know you have those catchy ads stuck in your head, too.)  One spent baking with my kids, of course! All of my … [Continue reading...]

Beat Holiday Stress with a Seasonal Toolkit

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Tis the season…for holiday stress. Yes, the holidays are full of excitement, bright lights, pretty candles, and gifts of all sizes.  And while the … [Continue reading...]