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Best Audiobooks for a Silent Road Trip

Last year I shared My Secret to a Silent Car with Young Kids. In case you missed it, my secret is those glorious listening gems known as audiobooks. My love for audiobooks is pretty intense. I recommend them constantly and for just about anything that’s ailing you in motherhood. Kid talks all the time? Audiobooks. […]

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How to Help a Struggling Reader

I had the privilege of sitting down with our local Children’s Librarian, Miss Margaret, to learn how libraries can help kids and families. I thought I was pretty library-savvy before, but I learned so much! Here are some things she shared that are helpful not only for those mamas with struggling or disinterested readers, but […]

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Three for Her, Three for Me: Let’s Go to the Library

I’ve been a fan of the library since my elementary school gave out shiny “BOOK IT” buttons to the top readers. The library was there for me when my only friends were named Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mallory, Jessi, Mary Anne, and Dawn. It was there for me when my parents wouldn’t let me get magazine […]

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Baby Sign is for Everyone!

“Ice cream. More. Please,” my toddler sleepily communicates to me in baby sign at 6 am. She hasn’t been awake for long, but she knows exactly what she wants. In fact, I almost titled this post, “More Ice Cream! And Other Demands Made Possible By Baby Sign.” Although it’s early, my daughter’s tiny signing is adorable! The message comes […]

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Benefits of Bedtime Reading | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Benefits of Bedtime Reading

This post is brought to you by our partners at Kinderberry Hill. Their education coordinator, a mom herself, discusses the importance of making time to read with children. Our house, like many of yours, wraps up each day with a bedtime story. We have all heard the many educational benefits of this nightly ritual, but […]

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You Know, the Martyr Dies (On Self-Fulfillment)

{Photo credit: Anna Lygocki Photography} I love strategizing how to get to yes, and I love saying “yes” even when I’m saying “no.” I am very good at saying “yes.” I hate the obvious label, “people-pleaser.” Innately, my goal is harmony, and many times, compromising, or saying “yes,” gets me there.  I’ve also learned that the […]

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Starting Our New Year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This year our family New Year’s Resolution was to become more civic minded and focus on service in our community. Admittedly, two weeks later, we are off to a slow start. Fortunately, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an ideal opportunity to regroup, get inspired, and get started. Here is our plan for the day. […]

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Top Toddler Travel Toys

We have the great blessing and great curse of family scattered across the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between. Our almost-two-year-old’s got some solid frequent flier – and road-trip – miles under her belt. Because traveling toddlers are basically squirmy ticking time bombs, we’ve learned a few things about how to keep her […]

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Charts

Anyone out there have a spirited child? The one who questions authority, will “NEVER” do _____, who argues with any and all ideas, even if it’s to go get ice cream because it’s not the place they want to go? (And you know that no matter where you pick, they will have somewhere else in mind.) Hi, […]

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