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Get a Taste of Summer at Minnesota Zoo’s Tropical Beach Party

Our partners at the Minnesota Zoo invited our contributor, Shannon, to visit their NEW Tropical Beach Party exhibit! See how you and your family can enjoy the warmth of the tropics while staying indoors this winter!As winter continues to linger here in Minnesota, we’ve been feeling pretty cooped up. We decided to take a break […]

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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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Rear view of two young girls (sisters) running down a rural gravel driveway. The younger sister is on the left and has curly red hair. The older sister is on the right and has curly blonde hair. Grandpa can be seen standing up ahead of them in the distance waiting for them to catch up.

3 Parenting Philosophies Perfected by Rural America

My folks grew up in rural America. Together they raised six kids and promptly booted them into independent adulthood upon graduation from high school. They parented us with an effortless and prescriptive touch that was practically paranormal. Their technique endures as elusive content for tales of folklore. Shortly after I became a mother, I found […]

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Texted Tips Help Families Turn Everyday Moments into Early Learning Opportunities

Our partners at Think Small are here to share their revolutionary new texting program with you! Read on to see how simple messages sent to your phone can help you promote your child’s learning & can help in preparing your child for kindergarten. In the middle of that chaotic wonderland known as parenting, advice and […]

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Cabin Fever Remedies

Dear Cabin Fever – I admit, you are real. You are not like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, unicorns…or other mythical concepts like multiple kids napping at the same time or spouses who agree exactly on how laundry items should be folded (I’m looking at you, bath towels). No sir, you are […]

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Diary of a Plus Size Mom

I sometimes struggle with my body image.  In my 33 years of life, I have seen bodies constantly judged near and far including my own.  In my case, always being judged for being too big or that dreaded “F” word….Fat.  It’s not a new world problem.  I have many memories that stem from my childhood.  […]

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Family Fun at Mont du Lac Resort

Our partners at Mont Du Lac Resort invited our contributor, Karri, to experience their resort and all the family fun it has to offer! Read about their trip and see how you and your family can enjoy a winter getaway this season!The older my kids get, the more I look for opportunities to keep them […]

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Date Your Kids

With three kids under four, my days tend to blur together. Mornings into afternoons, tantrums into snuggles. I frequently float through my days feeling I haven’t done much beyond prepare food, clean up food, straighten up the house, and, mostly, wrangle small children. The background can become a blur of noise and chaos. Someone screaming, […]

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