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14 books to help ease children through transitions

Today is a big day for our family: my older daughter is starting school. This isn’t the first major life change we have weathered as a family. Nearly two years ago, we added a baby sister. Then, as now, I have found a wealth of support and conversation in the pages of children’s literature. Stories (read more…)

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How to build a great blanket fort

This week I’m going to deviate slightly from the marriage relationship angle and focus on the parent-child side of things. As the lone male columnist here at Simple Mom, I thought it may be helpful as the dog days of summer are upon us to write up a “how to” on one of the great (read more…)

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Maximize your staycation with preschoolers

It’s good to be back to a regular routine starting today, though we really did have a great family vacation and staycation. We went to the beach for a few days, and hit up the nearby water park, but other than that, we stayed home. Staycation is the latest buzzword — it means what it (read more…)

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Share your family purpose statement

I originally first heard the idea of a family mission statement from my friend Cherie. She was kind enough to share her thoughts on how a mission statement best works for a family — I’ve listed my favorites below. Tips for creating an effective family purpose statement 1. Just get started. The biggest hindrance to (read more…)

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Creating post-vacation peace for your children

The following is written by kids columnist Megan of Simple Kids. The summer months offer families a time to get away, enjoy a change in scenery, and breathe some fresh air. Whether the days away are filled with sightseeing, hiking, sailing, amusement parks, or lazy days at the beach, the relaxed and refreshed spirit that (read more…)

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