Author Archive | Liz Murray

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Welcome To The Parenthood Club

It sounds cliche, but it’s true: Before you become a parent, you really have no idea what you’re in for. No amount of research can prepare you for the real thing. Even if you have a brood of nieces and nephews or nannied dozens of kids, it’s different having your own. As someone with embarassingly […]

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New Year, New Habits: Making College Savings Easy

Our writer, Liz, shares some of her feelings surrounding financing her children’s college education. In partnership with our sponsors at Minnesota College Savings Plan, Liz explains how you can start some financial habits in the new year that will benefit your child’s future. It’s that time of year. Time to build better habits — including, […]

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Motherhood: The Most Empowering Part of My Life

When it comes to empowering women today, career ambitions often take center stage. Ask a young girl what she wants to be when she grows up, and we applaud answers like “a scientist,” “a doctor” or “a lawyer.” What about an answer like “a mother” or “a wife?” In our haste to make sure women […]

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When Your Toddler Isn’t Walking

Walking. It’s perhaps the biggest milestone in your toddler’s young life. Countless movies, TV shows and commercials depict those first wobbly steps as one of parenthood’s greatest joys. Becoming a biped marks the official transition from babyhood to toddlerhood. Most kids take their first steps between 9 and 15 months. But what if 15 months […]

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Why Music Matters

Raising a child sometimes feels like a Mount Everest of responsibility. Not only must your kid grow up to be a reasonably decent person, but he must also be a full-blown Renaissance man, accomplished in academics, sports and the arts — or so it seems. Life can quickly become cluttered with lessons, practices, games and […]

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Why “Good Enough” Is My Motherhood Mantra

As every mom knows, the pressures of motherhood are endless. You’re surrounded by opinions on how to do everything right. Internet forums, bestselling books and seemingly everyone you talk to all have strong (yet conflicting) voices about what’s best. The result: Everything you do seems wrong. Plus, every decision you make — and every mistake […]

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5 Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat While Pregnant

Summer is barely upon us, and already I’m complaining. Sure, I love the warm evenings when dusk stretches out until after ten o’clock. I love the tree-lined streets bursting with green, the flowers blooming like fireworks in the backyard, the distant rumbling that precedes a good storm. I love the cloudless, breezy days you’d give […]

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