8 Ways to Get Great, At-Home Photos of Your Children

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Natural expressions means beautiful photos! Getting a great shot of your child(ren). It can be magical – but too often the thinking is that unless you’re a professional, you can’t capture that magic. And when we try our hardest to get them to smile, we end up with something like this: What can happen when …

Teach Empathy, Build Healthy Futures: A Conversation with Christine Sullivan, Counselor and Creator of Blog Teach Kids Empathy

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How to Teach Kids Empathy with Christine Sullivan It’s no question that we want our kids to succeed. To be well-adjusted and happy adults with rich lives. But how do we define what that looks like? Unfortunately, too many times we end up focusing on achievements – academic, monetary, physical – and the importance of …

10 Ways to Start Your Morning Right

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Starting Your Mornings Right – journal, bowl of fruit, hot beverage Mornings. They can often, unfortunately, be a stressful time – getting the kids ready, breakfast made and dishes done, and everyone out the door on time. Not always an easy feat! And if we’ve had a late night, with less than optimal sleep, it …

Cookbook Lineup: Top Seven for Allergy-Friendly Cooking

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Cookbook Lineup: Top 7 for Allergy-Friendly Cooking   The Internet is a wonderful place to find recipes but let’s face it, there’s something about a good cookbook that will never go out of style. It’s even liberating, to see those ingredients and steps in print we don’t have to squint to read. Then there’s the …

Sugar: The Scariest Part of Halloween?

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Children in the 50’s posing in Halloween costumes at a school party. Now I know, this might seem an odd topic, given how much we love sharing sweet treats here. It’s no secret that I love them. We all do! But when Halloween comes to mind, beyond the costumes, trick-or-treating and bobbing for apples (no? …

It Matters: The Kindness of Strangers

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Kindness matters, written in black calligraphy against a white background, framed by purple flowers. In our culture, where the time spent alone or on social media can eclipse face-to-face time, it’s easy to start believing that the human race is largely out for themselves. That no one is thinking of their fellow man. That simple …

“Don’t Write on Walls!” – How to Keep Your Child From Scribbling on Walls

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It’s an age-old (or should I say “age-specific”) parental problem: how to keep toddlers from expressing their inner artist by writing all over the walls. Even I can understand the temptation, from the point of view of one who is barely knee height. Those walls are at just the right level, and super easy to …

What I’ve Learned about Having an Only Child (Psst, it’s All Good)

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Girl looking out window of playroom, surrounded by toys, play tent. It was a bunch of moms, gathered around a kitchen table having some wine while their kiddos cavorted. I really only knew one of them; the rest I had just met. We were enjoying ourselves when the topic turned to how C is an …

Makeover – School Lunches

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This is the first post in our “makeover” series, where we’ll take on a meal and re-make it into something healthier. For today, we tackle the school lunch. 50’s school children sitting around cafeteria tables having lunch. In some ways, for many children, bagged school lunches haven’t changed that much since the early 1900’s – …