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Odette’s Milestones and The Simple Schedule

In the last 5 years there have been such a parade of emotional moments on this parenting roller coaster.  My first born started kindergarten this year and my second is now riding a bike!   And Odette, not to be overshadowed by her big brothers, is trucking along fast and furiously on the trail paved before her.   She was just a sweet, cozy, immobile little being, then she smiled and

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Life Plus Three

All moms are unique and all moms fall into motherhood in their own way. For me it was a very thought out and planned decision; one that I took (and take) very seriously. I try and parent with as much thought and heart as I can dole out.  But because I am a parent to more than one child, it often means that I have to spread my love among

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A Letter to My Kids by Jared Padalecki

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Around Father’s Day, Jared wrote a letter to our children. It’s one of the most beautiful and special letters I have read, so I just had to share. The kids may be a little too young to fully appreciate it, but one day I hope they read this and know what a great dad they have. When it comes to being a father, Jared has found his calling.

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#MomHacks: Mason Jar Smoothies

One of my favorite morning rituals is making mason jar smoothies with my boys (Odette is still purely on a diet of breastmilk). Tom and Shep love to pick fruits and vegetables from our garden and create healthy, feel-good drinks that taste great (with a little help, of course).

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

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There are a ton of parenting books out there, but one of my favorites (and one I am reading now) has to be How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, the “parenting bible” from Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. The book covers so many topics, like how to cope with kids’ negative feelings and how to resolve family conflicts peacefully. The book was written over 30 years ago, but the advice is as relevant as ever.

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