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Magic of Childhood
  What are the first images that suddenly pop up into your head when you think about your childhood?   I always remember myself curled up under a big blanket reading Peter Pan. I guess I read it so many times that it created endless magical memories in my mind - and heart.   I also think about drinking warm milk with lots of cinnamon in it that my mom used to make for me in the afternoons. I can even smell it right now. Another precious image that I always keep in my memories is walking to the park with my dad and picking up carobs to share with the wild bunnies ar..
6 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself and Be An Even Better Mother
    “You suck at this.” It’s your smug inner voice again. Every mother is plagued by it, and it fuels your fire of self-doubt. Again. “You’re a failure.” Sometimes you’re strong enough to ignore it. Other times, it cuts so deep you bleed tears.       Your vision of motherhood is not the same as your reality. You want to be a good mom. But you’re no schmuck. You heard that being a parent is hard. You were ready. Then parenthood whacked you senseless and laughed on its way out the ..
What is this little girl doing in the rain?
  Charity work should start at a young age because love, compassion and kindness are the key values of being human. Once kids realize they can make positive differences in life by caring about the needs of others, they feel more encouraged to become unselfish and this awareness helps the whole planet. The little cutie pie on the picture is on her way to drop off a big basket of gifts to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital from our Christmas give away loop. She's carrying a swag bag full of great items both for mom and baby.     Companies particip..
The future of the planet is in our hands
  Are you a part of the new "artisan economy"? According to the Intuit Future of Small Business Reports, a "new golden age of small business" is rising! "The 21st Century artisan is a Web designer, or an author, or a manufacturer of a small but exclusive line of products, or a consultant in a niche specialty, or an entrepreneurial-minded attorney who starts selling information products, or an online retailer, or a software developer...and the list goes on." "These next-generation artisans will ply their trade outside the walls of big busine..
A Toddler’s Version of a Typical Morning With Mom
Wake up with the sun. Or, preferably, two hours before any sign of it. Request fruit snacks. Wait, I don’t think Mom heard me—I asked for fruit snacks. Scream and beat pantry door for several minutes. I wonder why there’s a lock on this door anyway? (Remind myself to repeat this tomorrow, even though I’ve never actually gotten fruit snacks for breakfast.) Ask for a TV show while Mom gets dressed. (Didn’t she wear that yesterday?) Act happy when she puts on what I wanted, but then immediately demand something different as soon as Mom has r..
It does not matter if they are a tiny tot or full-blown teenager — all kids experience forms of stress. With the mounting pressure to excel in school and hectic schedules filled with challenging activities, little ones are dealing with more intense stressors at a younger age. How your child processes and copes with concerns is unique to their individual personality but some become overwhelmed more easily than others. If you have a child who tends to spend time worrying about situations, or even ends up crippled by fear, these 43 phrases can open the dialogue between parent and kiddo a..
The Myth of ‘Having It All Together’
I wanted to “have it all together” before I had kids. I wanted to overcome my eating disorder (and I did). I wanted to learn how to love myself. I wanted to finish college. I knew some things were out of reach. My husband was finishing his second Master’s degree when we got pregnant with our first child. We didn’t own a house. We didn’t even know what state we would end up in. I knew my life wasn’t “figured out” or perfect, but I did feel like I had some key elements in place. And then I had kids. And then I was up late. And up early. ..
Mother Tells the Terrifying Story of Her Baby Being Abducted During a Hospital Stay!
"The most terrifying thing happened to my family two days ago," starts Lory Beth Snyder in a post to Facebook that tells the chill-inducing story of her daughter, Lorelai, getting abducted during a hospital stay at NEA Baptist Memorial in Jonesboro, AR. After getting her child to rest after a long day of tests, poking, and prodding, Snyder decided to relax as well, and woke up an hour later to find her daughter missing. "When I found her she was in another woman's hospital room, in that woman's arms, with a room full of six or seven nurses just laughing and ..
25 Ways to Say "No" to Your Kids Without Actually Saying No!
  If you have ever found yourself in a scenario with your children in which their whining and crying is coming at you from every direction and you're spitting a million noes at them, you know that's typically an inefficient way of communicating. It's hard to say "no" to our kids, but sometimes we simply have to. For example, instead of screaming, "No," if your child is asking for candy before lunch, offer them a choice to have one piece now or a few pieces after they eat all of their meal. Or if your child is throwing Legos across the room at your hea..
Get Your Kid To Behave Without Resorting To Time-Outs, Sticker Charts, Or Bribes!
You may be laboring under the delusion that making your kid sit in the corner or bribing them with “treats” are molding them into model citizen on the playground. The more likely answer is that it’s molding you into a control freak. Ross W. Greene, a clinical child psychologist and author of Raising Human Beings, says that your endless series of carrots and sticks (or, if it’s snack time, carrot sticks) isn’t going to yield the behavior that you want. But treating your parent/child relationship like a collaboration might. Gree..