February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s reminding me of the first time Keith and I took the twins to the dentist. They were only about a year old, with gummy smiles and just a few teeth popping through. We took them to a pediatric dentist in Colorado Springs, and I remember being surprised and excited by how different the experience was from when I was growing up. I don’t think pediatric dentists even existed when I was…

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s reminding me of the first time Keith and I took the twins to the dentist. They were only about a year old, with gummy smiles and just a few teeth popping through. We took them to a pediatric dentist in Colorado Springs, and I remember being surprised and excited by how different the experience was from when I was growing up. I don’t think pediatric dentists even existed when I was…

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Creating Good Financial Habits — and Passing Them On to Our Kids! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

My parents were never the type of people to live above their means. When they first got married and needed a dining room set, they waited until they saved enough cash to buy it outright rather than charge it to a credit card—and they cherished it all the more because of that. When my brother and I were born, they worked hard to provide us with all the food, clothing, and toys we could possibly need without overdoing it. We…

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Creating Good Financial Habits — and Passing Them On to Our Kids! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

My parents were never the type of people to live above their means. When they first got married and needed a dining room set, they waited until they saved enough cash to buy it outright rather than charge it to a credit card—and they cherished it all the more because of that. When my brother and I were born, they worked hard to provide us with all the food, clothing, and toys we could possibly need without overdoing it. We…

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Back to School, Plus a Chance to Win a $1,000 College Scholarship from Groza Learning Center! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

Many children across the U.S. are getting ready to head back to school. But here in Northern Virginia, public school doesn’t start again for another four weeks. Still, the summer has seemed to fly by for us. For one thing, it’s a week shorter this year: Our district shifted the school calendar so that school will end a week a week earlier in June and start a week earlier (the week before Labor Day). But because the 2016-17 school year…

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Back to School, Plus a Chance to Win a $1,000 College Scholarship from Groza Learning Center! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

Many children across the U.S. are getting ready to head back to school. But here in Northern Virginia, public school doesn’t start again for another four weeks. Still, the summer has seemed to fly by for us. For one thing, it’s a week shorter this year: Our district shifted the school calendar so that school will end a week a week earlier in June and start a week earlier (the week before Labor Day). But because the 2016-17 school year…

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Keep Lice Away This Summer! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

With the school year winding down for some kids and already over for others, this may seem like an odd time for me to be writing a post about head lice. But unlike schoolchildren, head lice don’t take the summer off. And without all the back-to-school warnings and media coverage that August and September bring, many parents are probably letting their guard down when it comes to lice. But I’m not. While it’s true that head lice is more prevalent during…

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Upcycling with Chick-fil-A – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

As a member of the 2016-2017 Chick-fil-A Mom Panel, I get to try menu items for free in exchange for my opinions about food, kids’ meal prizes, and more. Sometimes, I am also asked to participate in fun challenges. Recently, Mom Panel members received coupons for free bowls of chicken tortilla soup or chicken noodle soup and were challenged to upcycle the empty containers. According to Merriam-Webster, upcycle means “to create an object of greater value from (a discarded object of lesser value).”…

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Mudpuppy Puzzles Are Perfect for Travel! – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

Military life comes with frequent moves. That often means being far away from family and friends—and driving or flying long distances to visit them. So, military kids often do a lot of traveling. My children are the perfect example. My twin boys logged at least five cross-country airplane flights by the time they were 2. My daughter took a 3,000-mile road trip with us at 5 weeks old when we moved from California to Virginia. Over the past two years, we’ve driven to New York to…

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Share Your Hero With Mrs. Fields – Double Duty Twins (Plus One!) – Parenting Twins Article

Merriam-Webster defines the word “hero” as follows: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. I can’t think of anyone who fits that description more completely than my husband, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Keith Walters. Keith has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, during which he received three Purple Hearts for wounds he sustained in combat. He is well respected by so many soldiers and officers who have served with him. Those are the reasons he is…

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