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I’m A Single Mom – Please Withhold Judgement

By | April 15, 2014

  Image by walknboston By Beth, Contributing Writer Hi, I’m Beth. And I’m a single mom – please withhold judgment. If you’d asked me a year ago if those words would ever leave my lips I would have answered with a resounding no. I think it’s fair to say that most single moms never expected Read More

Celebrating the True St. Patrick

By | March 6, 2014

PhotoCredit: IvanWalsh By Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writer ‘Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish and little girl in me come out every year on this misrepresented holiday. Honestly it was all about the food, green food and soda bread to be exact. Thankfully my days of artificially dyed Read More

Unplugged: The Terrifying Truth of How Technology is Affecting Your Family

By | February 25, 2014

By Ashlee Bradshaw, Contributing Writer What happened to the good ol’ days when family night consisted of a game of Scrabble or Monopoly, when dinner time was for conversation instead of status updates, or even when children were taught the ABC’s through a song instead of a screen? I will tell you what happened. Technology: Read More

Alternatives to Media for Family Entertainment

By | February 12, 2014

Photo Credit: flash.pro via Compfight cc By Sarah Nichols, Contributing Writer Did you know the average American above the age of two, spends over 34 hours a week watching television? (source)  While television can provide some fun entertainment for the whole family, sometimes it’s a good idea to turn it off and experience life outside Read More

The Gratitude Jar

By | December 30, 2013

By Laura @ The Spinach Spot, Contributing Writer  This time of year many people are making New Year’s resolutions, focusing on all the ways they can improve their lives.  While this can be a great thing I think it’s important, especially as a parent, to balance this with all the things that are right in Read More

Is Rice Cereal The Best First Food For Baby?

By | December 26, 2013

By contributing writer Sarah Nichols Have you ever wondered how rice cereal became the most recommended first solid to feed babies? I always just assumed that when I had kids I would feed them rice cereal and baby food. However, after the traumatic birth of my first-born son, I began to question most things that Read More

Holiday Traditions–Family Movie Night

By | December 19, 2013

By Jessica, contributing writer This is a special time of year, for sure. Loads of fun activities and parties, extra shopping to do and places to be. One very important thing to remember is not to substitute quality family time with all the hustle and bustle. Christmas time is an especially important time to connect Read More

Love the Ones You’re With: Cherishing Each Member of Your Family as an Individual

By | December 18, 2013

By Anjanette Barr, Contributing Writer Most of us have a longing to be known intimately. We want someone in our life – a best friend, a spouse – who knows everything there is to know about us. Someone who knows us so well that there’s no need to explain our motives, our struggles, our dreams to Read More

A Foolproof Elimination Communication Primer

By | December 17, 2013

Diaper free babies… the concept sounds crazy (and messy).  Is it a joke?  A passing fad?  The name for this “diaper free fad,” is elimination communication, and it’s anything but passing. Humans have been using it for ages.  Our babies, like animal babies, want to avoid “soiling the nest.”  And your baby gives cues for Read More

Creating Meaningful Family Traditions

By | December 3, 2013

By Doña Bumgarner, contributing writer Are your family holidays full of meaningful traditions? Or do they feel weighed down by things you do by rote, or worse, expectations that leave you drained or fighting with your family members? This season is supposed to be a special time, a time to connect with family and loved Read More

Will the Real Man Please Stand up? {Celebrating St. Nicholas Day}

By | December 3, 2013

  Photo Credit: Kirsty Hall Post by Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writter “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” The Christmas season is truly a delightful and wonderful time. Families have many fun or meaningful  traditions like Advent, the Jesse Tree and Advent Calendars. It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of it Read More

5 Reasons to Love Cloth Diapers

By | November 20, 2013

My baby girl will be 3 months old this week, so I admit we are fresh off the boat when it comes to the cloth diapers game. But I wanted to take some time to encourage new parents, or parents-to-be, or those who are currently using disposables that cloth diapering is easy. And cheap. And, Read More

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