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Ten Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Next Holiday Season That Much Easier

by ParentCo.

The holidays can be totally exhausting and overwhelming. Take advantage of the tailwind and make next year a little easier.

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12 Books You Won't Be Able to Read Your Kid Without Crying

by Pam Moore

While these make great bedtime stories, you may want to cram a tissue up your sleeve, grandma style for those guaranteed sniffles.

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Of Reeds and Strings and Other New Things

by ParentCo.

At age 46, never having played an instrument, I’m learning violin. Why now? I've always wanted to learn, and one day this instrument made its appearance in my life announcing It's time.

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The Tiny Blue Stocking I Pack Away Each Holiday Season

by ParentCo.

There are only four of us in the family. But that fifth stocking belongs to our family, too.

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How Are We Not More Thankful for Life?

by ParentCo.

Sometimes gratitude is easy. Other times, it’s harder to find and we have to really try, reaching and rooting around for it.

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How to Arm Yourself to Go out to Dinner With Kids Without a Screen

by ParentCo.

From better family connection to simply teaching your children important social skills, there are many compelling benefits to a device free dinner.

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Growing From Pain

by ParentCo.

When I first saw the topic for Parent Co.’s December writing contest, I quite literally threw my hands in the air, scoffed aloud, and closed my laptop.

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The Perfect Films For Your Next Mother/Tween Daughter Movie Night

by ParentCo.

Besides Nancy Drew, here are 10 new classics for moms and their tween daughters to watch together.

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8 Cool Things Kids Can Get in the Mail

by ParentCo.

Want your kids to see the mailbox as an invitation to adventure? Here are seven of the best opportunities we could find.

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What We're Listening To: Circle Round Podcast

by ParentCo.

While I'm a huge fan of podcasts for adults, there's a special place in my heart for kids’ podcasts.

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Invisible Disability: Close Your Eyes and See My Son

by ParentCo.

Autism can be invisible. This fact is a double-edged sword. It will help my son in life, and it will hurt him at times.

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Define Your Family’s Core Values by Creating a Family Mission Statement

by ParentCo.

Taking the time to figure out what your family is about and what you truly value can be anything from a fun family activity to a transformative experience.

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Why Every Home Needs a Family Sock Basket

by ParentCo.

They're never matched up anymore, and the goal is no longer to find a perfect matching pair, but simply two socks that match just enough.

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A Letter to My Future Self

by ParentCo.

My daughter had an assignment at school recently to write a letter to herself, and the teacher will send it to her when she graduates high school. 

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Throw a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party

by ParentCo.

Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you don’t feel like heading out in the fray, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration.

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5 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2018

by ParentCo.

If there's one thing nearly every parent wants to get better at, it's staying ahead of their kids when it comes to media and technology.

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The House-To-House Holiday Shuffle: a Chaotic Tradition We’re Lucky to Have

by ParentCo.

Is it a challenge to cart around children, canines, presents, diaper bags, and baked goods to multiple houses? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

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How to Survive Mom-Shaming When Home for the Holidays

by ParentCo.

Mom-shaming seems to be a pervasive problem; however, a different interpretation may help young parents through the holidays.

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Planning the Ultimate Winter Break? Check Out These Hotels with Cool Kids' Amenities

by ParentCo.

Many hotels around the country have amenities that appeal to younger travelers – including unique kids’ activities and experiences.

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Perfectly Aged

by ParentCo.

The other day, my daughter asked my husband, “What was the best age for you?”

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How to Shop for Kids with Insufferable Hippie Parents

by Katherine Clover

If you have hippie-ish parents in your life, and you're panicking about how to shop for their kids, you aren't alone.

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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 Difficulty in Facing What's Right in Front of Us

by ParentCo.

It is true that some parents refuse to see what is right in front of them. They gloss over the signs, they deny the truth.

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Growth

by ParentCo.

When we think of growth, we often think of the most difficult challenge we have recently overcome. Sometimes, the challenge comes from the family (children, spouse, parents) sometimes the challenge comes from work and sometimes it comes from our inner conflicts. For me, the challenge is my own mindset.

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