*Must Read* 50 Things I've Learned in 10 Years of Parenting

January 2015
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1. I've learned that the best toys are seen but not heard.

2. I've learned that a "friend with benefits" is a friend with a kid old enough to babysit.

3. I've learned how frightening it is to have a 2-year-old walk up to you when you thought he was asleep in his crib.

4. I've learned that a child's first instinct isn't to walk around a puddle.

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When is it appropriate to call the police on your children?

January 2015

Easy

Would you turn your children into the police if you knew or thought they had committed a crime? These parents did. After returning home from church, parents in North Carolina were watching the news they had recorded while out discovering surveillance video of a group of boys stealing from a local electronics store. Recognizing their sons in the footage they took the teens to the police station to assist them with turning themselves in.

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Top 10 Dumbest Things We Say To Our Kids

October 2014
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Easy

Since having kids, I tend to say things I’ve never said and do things I’ve never done. Being a mom has made me rattle off the dumbest questions and most pointless sentences of my life. Some so ridiculous that after I say it, I think to myself: “What does that even mean?” Here’s a few examples of things I’ve said recently:

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Need Your Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

September 2014

A year ago, I committed what is known as a “mom fail” (basically any false move committed during the act of mothering). Preparing my then-2½-year-old son to go out in the morning for a play date, I asked him, “Do you want to go to H.’s house?” Emphatically, he said no. “Well, we have plans; he’s expecting us,” I amended lamely. My son burst into tears, and no matter how I tried to spin it, he was adamant. Maybe he was tired; maybe the dark, cloudy morning visible from our windows was too uninviting. Whatever the case, I was now in the awkward position of having to drag him, kicking and screaming, down four flights of stairs (we lived in a walk-up) while also toting my younger boy, then an infant. So I canceled the play date (thus committing a “friendship fail,” too, all in one morning).

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*Must Read* 10 Bad Habits Parents Need to Break

August 2014

Admit it: you do these things, too. And that's OK. But maybe -- just maybe -- it's time to think about changing things up a little bit, for the sake of your sanity, your relationship with your kids, and because life's too short.

1. Judging other parents. 
This one's hard for us all. We've all seen that parent, the one yelling at their kids in the Target check-out. The mom who ushers her kids through the McDonald's drive-thru for dinner and the dad who lets his kids stay up past 10pm on a school night. The fact is, we could all make better choices. But instead of focusing your energy on what we may be doing wrong, let's spend more time focusing on what we're doing that's right. Every time you have a parenting "win," give yourself a little credit. Go ahead, revel in your parental awesomeness!

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