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The Call of the "By the Time I'm 40" List

by ParentCo.

We all have one. The list. A list of dreams and goals that we hope to have accomplished by the time we are 40.

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The Best 2022 Resolution: More of Less

by ParentCo.

January 1st, 2022: My resolution is to incorporate less instead of eliminating more. I’ll be on high alert for things that delight me and invite me to be at the moment.

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I Met My Best Friend in My 30's

by ParentCo.

When my son was one month into his NICU resort stay, I met the woman who would become my best friend. I met her on the worst day of my life.

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A Mindful Family Plan for a Happy, Healthy Winter

by ParentCo.

The change in the quality of daylight causes seasonal depressive symptoms that go beyond typical “winter blues.” Here are some ways to help.

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Why Everyone Needs More Koselig in Their Holidays (and Year-Round)

by ParentCo.

"Koselig" usually translates as “cozy,” but in Norwegian it's more than just an adjective. It's a feeling, a state of mind and being.

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No Christmas Spirit: A Holiday Story

by ParentCo.

Fin stared deeply into his brother’s eyes. "… And you are going to ruin Christmas… And you are going to ruin everything!"

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Holiday STEAMcation: Activities for Kids During the Holiday Break

Holiday STEAMcation: Activities for Kids During the Holiday Break

by ParentCo.

Holiday break is a great time for both you and the kids to get some much needed R&R, but without schools open, life can quickly become boring without its usual stimulation. That’s where the joy of STEAM comes in - with plenty of creative (and often inexpensive!) ways to stay entertained and active at home. Encourage everyone in the family to partake in a “STEAM Staycation” with some of our favorite engaging activities.

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Just One More Time: How One Kid’s Dreams Came True at the Local Skate Park

by ParentCo.

There is a skate park in our town, built sometime in the decade before we moved here. It’s steep concrete bowls are confined to a space that could park a half dozen cars. It’s because of this park that our youngest son received a used skateboard from his best friend on his seventh birthday. We saw excitement, not determination. That would come later. But, that skateboard, in a tiny skatepark in rural Colorado was the fuel for a dream. By his eighth birthday he wanted to be a professional skateboarder. His mind was made up.

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The Determination and Strength of the Tiniest Fighter: A Heartfelt Message to NICU Parents

by Nikki Vivian

My tiny little fighter, beating the odds from the moment you entered the world. A world you shouldn’t have been in yet, a world you fought so hard to stay in, a world that you weren’t ready for, but thrived in all the same. I know you will continue through life with this same desire and determination to succeed. My little fighter. Don’t ever stop fighting for what you want.

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Prioritizing Friendships as a Parent and How to Maintain Them

by Emily Glover

The keyword: effort. The kind of friendships that mean something don’t often just happen when you are also juggling life with kids.

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The Art of Essentialism: How to Do Better by Doing Less

by ParentCo.

Embrace the idea of "less but better" and accept trade-offs as an inherent part of life. We can't do it all.

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Why We’re Happy to Be a Christmas Tree-Free Home

by Pam Moore

As a kid, being Jewish at Christmastime meant feeling the pain of being different. But those experiences shaped my values.

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Grateful Is as Grateful Does

by ParentCo.

To be grateful is to live a full life. It is to know worry and accept worry.

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The Unexpected Blessing of a Less-Than-Perfect Grandma

by ParentCo.

It wasn’t until I had kids that I began to wonder what it might have been like to hug a grandparent who returned affection with shining, loving eyes.

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How I Found Myself Through My Son's Autism

by ParentCo.

When my son turned six, I found myself in a doctor’s office hearing words like autism, sensory processing disorder, and sensory integration disorder.

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10 Ways to Seamlessly Blend Hanukkah with Christmas for Your Interfaith Kids

by ParentCo.

If you've got a menorah and a Christmas tree jockeying for prime placement in the window, this little listicle is for you.

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Why Focus Words Are Better Than Resolutions

by Kristy Ramirez

Resolutions narrow our focus instead of broadening it to encompass an overall fulfilling life. Focus words, on the other hand, do not.

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The No-Stress Holiday Tradition That Saved Our Christmas

by ParentCo.

You do it for work parties all the time, so why not family? It would turn gifts into a kind of game and who doesn’t like games? Save your Christmas and bank account with the gift that really keeps on giving!

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5 Simple Thanksgiving Activities to Teach Gratitude

by ParentCo.

Thanksgiving Day itself comes and goes too fast, but we can celebrate the beauty of the season all month long. Here are five ways to focus on gratitude with your family. 

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How to Help Your Kids Love Their Bodies, Flippy-Floppy Arms and All

by ParentCo.

There’s a difference between not saying negative things about your body and actually embracing the parts that aren’t always considered to be beautiful.

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From Chaos to Connection: How Routine Can Transform the Energy of Your Home

by ParentCo.

Returning to school and work can be even more challenging when there’s no routine or structure to fall back on. Here are some ways to add gentle structure.

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4 Ways to Make Time for Creativity as a Parent

by Hannah Howard

How do parents make time to nurture their own creativity? How do they carve out time for doing things like writing or making art?

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7 Books For Girls Who Are Going to Change the World

by ParentCo.

When your daughter asks, "Why are there more men pioneers than women in this book?" you fill their bookshelves with these.

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How to Cope When Your Baby Totally Hates the Car

by ParentCo.

The following tricks can help you to find a solution for the pain and trauma of car rides.

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