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If You Give Your Child a Banana

If you give your child a banana, chances are that someday soon they will ask for another. If your child is preferential to consistency, like mine, their daily banana will become routine. If you are running solo on getting ready for the work day in the morning, like me, the banana became my safety blanket […]

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A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to January 2018

There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities, and the winter months are no different! We've worked to help you keep your sanity by bringing these activities all together in one easy guide. In 2018, we’re bringing back our monthly event guides so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come. [...]
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Holiday Travel

There really is nothing better than the feeling the holidays bring. You know how the song goes, “all is calm, all is bright.” Yet, such calm usually goes out the window when the holidays involve travel plans. Having lived far from home most of my adult life, I never really thought of anything different. Often […]

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As My Baby Turns One

{Photo credit: Shelly Peters} My littlest turned one recently. While I have been happily celebrating her healthy milestones and trying to snap a photo on the same day each month (with stuffed elephant for scale) to document how much she’s growing and changing, there’s something bittersweet about the day she officially entered toddlerhood. She was […]

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10 Questionable Parenting Tips from a First-Time Mom

I’m a first-time mom. Aside from some furry children, I only have one kid of my own. So while I often feel like more of a third-time mom (regularly finding pacifiers in my work bag, refusing to pay full price for any kids clothes ever, and an almost alarmingly cavalier approach toward safety and cleanliness), […]

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Awkward Family Photos: Loving the Imperfect

“Say cheese!  Please stop moving for just a second.  Now look here.  Smile.  No, give me a nice smile.  That was too quick; I didn’t get it.  Let’s try again.  Backup – you’re too close to me.  Ok, now smile.  Cheeeese!! That wasn’t a good smile.  Alright, I guess that will have to do.”  I’m […]

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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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2017 Twin Cities Holiday Event Guide

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we want to help you celebrate! Whether you bundle up your family for a day of ice skating or you sit and enjoy the sounds of carols at a holiday show, we hope that these events help you to truly enjoy the wonder of this season! [...]
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A Place Setting for a Traveling Toddler Thanksgiving

You climb into your vehicle. The kids are strapped in and you are praying that they sleep for at least half of your four-hour journey. As you back out of the driveway, a feeling of fear and unease washes over. “PLEASE let this day go well,” you tell yourself. In a flash, you wish you […]

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What Are My Words Doing?

Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power one person’s words can have on a life. I was supporting some English Language Learners in their Kindergarten class and […]

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