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Simple solutions for the most complicated time of the year

This week, families around the world officially move into the holiday season. While many of the most magical and meaningful holiday moments involve celebrating with family, it’s the family aspect of the holidays that can often bring tension, stress, and bad feelings. The who, what, and why of the holidays are easily overtaken by the (read more…)

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Baby steps and toddler tips: discipline for the earliest years

A few days ago, one of our eight month old twins woke up with a new talent: shaking his head “no.” This was something we had seen him do as a soothing technique as he drifted off to sleep, but when he started doing it sitting up right in the daylight, he was rewarded with (read more…)

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How to bring peace to the witching hour

No need to check your calendar.  It’s not October (yet!).  The “witching hour” I’m thinking of happens on a daily basis.  Oh, what a relief it would be if, like Halloween, it only came once a year! Many parents notice that from roughly 4 to 5 pm, every day is a difficult time for their (read more…)

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A season of mama molting

Molting? Yes, molting. Stick with me. My five year old and I were strolling the neighborhood this week when she came across a cicada shell, precariously hanging from the tip of a long piece of grass. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Oklahoma, we have cicada shells (and cicada songs) a’plenty (read more…)

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Dress yourself in story

My fingers found their way to the earrings in my earlobes and began the subconscious ritual of twisting them around and around while we waited. I’ve been twisting my earrings in moments of stress since I was in the 3rd grade, standing next to mean old Mrs. Boyd’s desk reciting my multiplication tables. I would (read more…)

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