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Of Moms and Martyrs

“Don’t be a martyr.” My husband’s words sent a zing of fury through my veins. It wasn’t the poor guy’s fault. He said the four harmless words, expecting me to hear something like my darling wife, you are important, too – please don’t feel like you have to accept discomfort in every fiber of your […]

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Trick or Treating and Halloween Fun 2017

There’s a wealth of Halloween activities in the Twin Cities. Map out your Trick or Treating plan with this easy guide to all things Halloween in the metro area! NorthSouthEastWest Twin Cities Moms Blog EventsNorth October 27: Anoka, The Halloween Capital of the World | Varies Head out to Anoka for their huge Grand parade! There [...]
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My Daughter Will Only Wear Dresses

We found out that our eldest daughter was a girl months before she was born, but still went with a gender-neutral yellow for her nursery. We didn’t register for anything pink. I happily accepted hand-me-downs from our nephews but still shopped for some cute rompers and dresses in an array of (non-pink) colors. I wanted […]

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Special Things

“Here, Mom.  Take it.  It’s for you!” When I hear those words, filled with pride and delight, I know she’s going to have one of two things in her outstretched hand: a pine cone or a rock. Pine cones aren’t the worst, I suppose.  Some people actually collect pine cones and make homey, folksy art […]

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24 Balloon Activities with Children’s Theatre Company’s Balloonacy

Our partners at Children’s Theatre Company are here to share some fun balloon activities you can do with your children in conjunction with their latest show – Balloonacy – which runs through November 12th! Read on to find out how you can check out this performance with your family! Children’s Theatre Company is thrilled to […]

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Patience, Not Pressure: How to Raise a Healthy Eater

After decades of increasing, the childhood obesity rate is starting to level off. However, the rate is still alarmingly high. Did you know that 1 in 3 children aged 10-17 are considered obese? Childhood overweight/obesity is regarded as the most common prevalent nutritional disorder of US children and adolescents. Why should we be concerned with overweight kids? […]

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Fostering Animals Made Me a Better Mom

It all started as a compromise. I’ve wanted a dog for years, my spouse does not want one until our kids are a bit older, so we met in the middle with an agreement to do animal foster care. I was more excited than my kids in Target’s toy aisle. I have now fostered two […]

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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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A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to the Month of October 2017

There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities, and the fall months are no different! We’re here to help you keep your sanity by bringing these activities all together in one easy guide. In 2017, we’ve been providing you with monthly event guides so you don’t miss a thing! This is month #10, and it's packed with [...]
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Excuses, Embarrassment, and the Weights We Carry

It was a passing comment, but it weighed a lot. “I wish she wasn’t using a pacifier. She wouldn’t be using one… I mean, I didn’t want her using one, but… well, we ended up needing to.” Almost apologetic, my friend prefaced putting the pacifier in her child’s mouth, giving us the full disclaimer to […]

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Read a Book Day

“Read a book!” It’s a constant refrain in our household. My three-year olds’ clamor for books to be read to them all day long. They can sit through a stack of books the way other kids can sit through entire movies. My youngest, now a year and a half, surprised us all at 10 months […]

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2017 Twin Cities Pediatric Resource Guide

Parenting is a privilege and a joy. It can also leave you with so many questions, especially regarding care for your children and it can become overwhelming when you begin to research all of your options. University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital understands how that can feel and we’re so grateful to them for sponsoring this incredible resource. We would [...]
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Why I Needed a Parenting Coach

I’ve always known that parenting was going to be hard. Seasoned parents are often quick to point out this reality with new parents. But I figured that if I read enough parenting books, applied the tips of others and tried hard enough, the rest would fall into place. It turns out that these parenting skills […]

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