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How to Discuss Moving With Your Kids

Most families move at least once and relocate due to a job transfer or when it's time to get a larger home. For children, it can be devastating to leave old friends behind and adjust to a new city. When you wonder about how to discuss moving with your kids, there are a few important tips to follow. How to...

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning probably means different things to different people. For me, spring cleaning is a deep cleaning that usually takes place once a year. For instance, I only clean my windowsills, outside windows and ceiling fans once a year, unless luck shines upon them, and they get an additional cleaning. Incorporate the help of your family to not only...

Must Haves for a Family First Aid Kit #TeamPuracynPlus

Every active family needs an emergency first aid kit. Unfortunately, I seem to need to be reminded of over this and over again. Sometimes we have the right stuff to deal with the scrapes and bumps that come with sports, playgrounds, rough housing and ill-advised balancing acts. Often we don't. Whether we have forgotten to replace items we've used...

Farewell to the Family Bed

We upgraded to our king-size bed over 13 years ago when our son Noah was 1 week old, when we discovered that he would not sleep anywhere on his own. Not only was it an unexpected introduction to attachment parenting, it was also an act of self-preservation in a hopeful attempt that we might get a bit more sleep if...

Giving My Kids The Silent Treatment

I’m teaching my children about gratitude by giving them the silent treatment. This has not been easy. Practicing gratitude during a season when they are constantly bombarded with messages telling them to ask for more has been challenging. Actually, that’s putting it mildly…it’s been downright impossible. There, I said it. I couldn’t quite nail it at first. It felt like my words sailed...

Summer parenting and the joys of texting

Summer parenting and the joys of texting My husband Joel is working as a volunteer camp counselor this week, so Noah is spending the majority of his time with me. I work on the porch while Noah pals around with the local kids, playing newcomb and eating ice cream. As a matter of fact, we haven't spent this much time alone together...