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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 of the Tiniest Fighter

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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22 Ways to Keep a Preschooler Busy Other Than Watching TV

by ParentCo.

Of course parking a preschooler in front of a screen is a fast and easy path to entertainment. But there are plenty of other ways to keep them busy.

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10 Things New Moms Would Actually Love to Hear You Say

by ParentCo.

Here are ten helpful things to say to new mothers, both because these things are universally true and new mothers need all the love we can give.

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These Planners Will Help You Get It Together in 2018

by ParentCo.

With work, kids, and all of the other minutiae of daily life, how can you keep on top of your schedule? With one of these rad planners, that's how.

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Move Over Marie Kondo. Swedish Death Cleaning is Where It's at

by ParentCo.

The Swedish believe in a practice called death cleaning. It's both as depressing and invigorating as it sounds.

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Seven Ways to Help Your Child Find Genuine Joy During Times of Uncertainty

Seven Ways to Help Your Child Find Genuine Joy During Times of Uncertainty

by ParentCo.

When times of uncertainty hit, it can throw you and your family’s life off-balance. For example, life amid the current pandemic isn’t easy.

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How to Design a Playspace in Inspires Curiosity

How to Design a Playspace in Inspires Curiosity

by Parent Co

In the words of Fred Rogers, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.

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Why Choosing Me Was the Least Selfish Decision I Could Make

by ParentCo.

Laying on the paper-covered vinyl exam table I stared up at the ceiling pretending I was anywhere else.

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