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Every Family Needs a Dog

My twenty-year-old son asked for a dog every year since he was two. I did not grow up with dogs so I did not understand why having a dog was so important. My son begged me every year for a dog. I wonder now if life would have been different if we had adopted a dog years ago. Three years ago this beautiful girl, Molly (pictured above), joined our family. She was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina and I can’t imagine our lives without her. Why every family…

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Top 10 Reasons To Volunteer at Your Child’s School

My oldest child is 20 years old so I have been volunteering in schools for the past fifteen years. I guess you can say that I am an expert in volunteering at this point. I have done it all from photocopying worksheets, to helping with elaborate projects, to sewing costumes, to reading with small groups, to my current position as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president. Volunteering never gets old for me, I love every minute of it. It doesn’t hurt that I have two college degrees in Education, right?…

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Pokémon Go and Other Ways to Engage Your Teen

Bonding with my kids was very easy when they were little.  Once they began to reach the tween age and then (eek!) teenagers, it became much harder. I even have one who is done being a teen—and no, it has not gotten any easier.  How do you keep bonding with your children as they get older and you have less in common?  Here are the 5 ways that I engage with my kids—maybe it will work for you too! Top 5 ways to engage your teen Pokémon Go: My kids…

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Top Ten Ways to Take Care of Mom

You’re a mom. You are probably being pulled in a million different directions all day. Your husband deserves some attention from you. Your kids need to be fed and cleaned and entertained constantly.  Your pet needs to be taken care of. But when is it time to take care of mom? You probably never think of making time for yourself but you should! How else do you expect to refuel?  Being a Mom is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job.  The happier and more relaxed you…

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Top Ten Tips to Find the Perfect Daycare

Congratulations! You just had your first baby. You have enjoyed every minute you have spent with your new bundle so far, but you still need to pay the mortgage, so it’s time to head back to work. Maternity leave is never long enough and it feels like it zooms by in record time. Now is the time to find the perfect daycare for your baby. You want to find the perfect match for your family, and with these Top Ten Tips, you will have smooth sailing. Top Ten Tips to…

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