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No More Bedtime Battles

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Bedtime and toddlers mix as well as oil and vinegar most nights. Bedtime can be a time of frustration for many parents as toddlers escape their bed and sneak out of their rooms multiple times. Here are some helpful tips to get your child to sleep in their own bed without waging World War III! Read More »

Honoring Every Day Heroes With a Helping Hand: StationKid Gives Back

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Each day, we are privileged to be surrounded by heroes of all sorts. From the firemen racing to the scene of a blazing fire or to rescue a pesky kitten who has gotten stuck in a tree, to the police working diligently to keep criminals off the street and away from our livelihoods. Yes, the same police officer that issued that speeding ticket last week is still a hero! Sometimes however, the everyday heroes can’t keep all harms away, not even from their own families. Sometimes, heroes and their families find themselves swimming in debt from medical expenses. Finally, a hero has been established for the heroes. Read More »

13 Halloween Party Games for Kids

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Planning a Halloween party for kids but don't know where to start? Don't despair. Here are interesting and unique party games that will please trick-or-treaters of all ages. Pamela Layton McMurtry, the author of "A Harvest and Halloween Handbook," and Jessica Fauster, a party-throwing mom whose annual Halloween fetes are the toast of Springfield, Ill., share their best bets for creative Halloween fun. Read More »

5 Tips to Potty Train Your Child

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For most parents, potty training is a daunting task (whether it’s kid #1 or #7, like me). We stress, bribe, beg and pray it goes quick and easy. But the fact of the matter is it’s different for each child and there’s not one prescription for perfect potty training. There are, however, tried and true tips that you can put into action to help the process along. Here are a few tips that have worked great for our family. Read More »

How To Get Rid Of The Mom Guilt

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There are those moms who make everything look easy, like they have it all pulled together. And then there's us, or so we think. We run around frazzled feeling guilty because we didn’t get everything done on our To-Do List today. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink after dinner somehow makes us feel less than perfect when it comes to parenting. We may even ask ourselves, “How does SHE do it?” Every woman has unique gifts and talents. The key is to recognize what you do well and not magnify what you perceive others do better than you. Today, I challenge you to celebrate all of the magnificent ways you keep all of the balls in the air that are uniquely you, and remember that we’re all busy moms doing the best we can! Check out these tips to free walk away from burnout and guilt once and for all. Read More »

Family-Friendly Activities to Help Make the Most of the Fall Season

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Now that the hot and heavy days of summer are mostly behind us, it’s time to enjoy the beauty and bevy of all that the fall season can offer. From bike rides and picking produce from a local farm to costumes, holiday cooking and trick or treating, there’s something for everyone to engage in! Halloween is quickly approaching, and soon it will be Thanksgiving Day. So before this season gives way to the cold of windy days of winter, let’s take a look at some family-friendly activities that will ensure this fall is a memorable one! Read More »

CREATE SPOOKY JACK-O-LANTERNS WITH YOUR KIDS THIS HALLOWEEN THAT WILL MAKE “FRAIDY CATS” OUT OF YOUR TRICKER OR TREATERS

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Halloween is just around the corner and what could be more fun than carving pumpkins together? Everyone can get involved from choosing the right pumpkins, to decorating them and roasting homemade pumpkins seeds. Many families plan a trip to the pumpkin patch to select the perfect pumpkins for this festive holiday. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes so it will be easy to find one for kids of all ages to decorate. Check out these decorating tips and must have items to make pumpkin carving memorable for the entire family! Read More »