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I’ve Got This Parenting Thing Down! – Parents Article

I don’t think anyone in the history of mankind has ever said this. From being a parent of a colicky baby up all day and all night screaming… To being a parent of the toddler who is running around the house naked, crayon in hand from cheerfully writing on the walls, exiting the bathroom from stuffing a shirt down the toilet… To being the parent of an  elementary-aged child who is convinced  that all their friends are “mean” or that…

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Drinkworks Home Bar & Date Night Printable Pillow Talk Questions – Parents Article

We’re spending more time at home together these days. Date night has changed but thanks to the Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig® and our printable pillow talk questions, my husband and I have found an easy way to spend time together and reconnect after we put the kids to bed and the house quiets down.This post is sponsored by Drinkworks Home Bar by Keurig. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Content for 21+. Please enjoy responsibly.RECONNECTING WITH DRINKWORKS HOME…

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House Hacking, Airbnb, and Rental Property Investing – Foster Parents Article

Almost six years ago, we bought our first house. We were barely 24 years old, and honestly had NO idea what we were doing. Theo was working at the fire department for $12/hour, I was a new stay at home Mom and we had one sweet little baby. We bought our 4 bedroom house with the intention to one day renovate and rent out the basement. But, first…we needed some cash. Since we only lived in two of the bedrooms…

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Suddenly Working and Learning At Home During #covid19? Easy Tips to Help! – Parents Article

This is an unprecedented time. I was raised by my grandparents who survived the Great Depression and World War II, and I keep thinking if they were here they would have brillant things to say about how to handle the sudden closures, curfews, and quarantines of #covid19.  It’s a hard situation for working parents, for the school system and the teachers working hard to provide online lessons on platforms they may not be familar with, for the online learning platforms…

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Kiah’s Speech Update | The Glorious Mundane – Foster Parents Article

I’ve had this post sitting in my blog drafts for nearly a year now. I’ve never felt like I have the right words at the right time, and then by the time I think through what I want to say, the circumstances have changed and the update isn’t even accurate anymore. For those of you who need a little backstory, you can read these blog posts: Shouldn’t He Be Talking By Now? 3 Things Hezekiah James is TWO Just before…

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March | The Parenting Passageway – Parents Article

March is already upon us, with its fluctuating weather and promise of flowers and spring to come! March lives in my head as this beautiful, peaceful month of new foliage peeking out along with little spring flowers.   A month of wind and gardens to be planted.  A month of sunshine tossed with splattering rain and a little wind…but a good month full of shining new possibilities just as spring is beginning to emerge! This month we are celebrating: Lent…

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Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles – Parents Article

I love Chapter 14 of this book because it is about balancing boundaries and independence, which is something I think as parents we are always riding the line between, no matter what the age of our children. Part of boundaries and setting limits, particularly for toddlers and onward could be to offer two small choices (either one acceptable), follow through on the choices (I can hold you if you sit quietly or I can put you down), and then be…

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SOLD | The Glorious Mundane – Foster Parents Article

I can’t believe that I am writing these words. SOLD. Our house is SOLD. Move In Day Dec 2014 Move Out Day Jan 2020We finally signed the papers and closed on our house last Friday, Dec 31st. I think I have needed some time to process it all, and it has caused a lot of emotions within me. Honestly, I was so nervous that it wasn’t going to go through that I didn’t take much time to properly process that…

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I love being a SAHM, but I’m over asking my husband for money each week – Parents Article

Photo: iStock photo My first memory around money is my mom telling me that if my dad asked if my outfit was new, I should say no, even if it was. My dad worked and made the money, and my mom was a stay-at-home mom who spent it. She spent it on the mortgage, the groceries, and the things we needed—but she also sometimes had to hide her decisions and her purchases. My parents never talked about their finances in front…

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January Love | The Parenting Passageway – Parents Article

Outside of the current situation of grey and rainy weather with flooding, I love January.  First of all, the bright and shiny New Year beckons to me with goals, lists, my word of the year (#radiant) and dreaming fun.  Second of all, I love the more introverted vibe of this season – nesting with blankets and hot drinks and inside fun, but still being able to go outside for a walk in the rain or bright sunshine with colder temperatures!…

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