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Valerie Plowman
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How to Divide Responsibilities in a Marriage
Chances are high that when you came into your marriage, you and your spouse had different views of exactly how to divide labor in the home. Who is in charge of cooking? Cleaning? Dishes? Diapers? Laundry? Garbages? The list of household chores is extensive,...

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If We Don't Teach Our Children, Someone Else Will
I recently read a new study discussing how to raise an honest child. The Science of Us discussed the study and what to learn from it, " The real-world takeaway, the researchers argue, is that kids are more inclined to be honest when they know honesty will p...

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Should You Bail Your Child Out?
"Hi Mom," came the timid voice on the other end of the line. "Hi sweetie, what's up?" I responded. I knew what was up. She had forgotten something at home. "I forgot my tennis shoes and I have P.E. today. Can you bring them to me?" she sweetly inquired. YES...

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Top 18 Games for Family Game Night
One of our favorite traditions as a family is to play games together each Sunday. We all have a lot of fun! Beyond the fun and the family bonding, which are worth it all by themselves to me, we are able to teach life lessons like sportsmanship, turn-taking,...

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How To Tell the Difference Between Smart and Gifted
At some point in your parenting, you might start to realize your child is quite smart. The word gifted might even pop into your head. At same time, you will find yourself wondering, is she gifted or just really smart? How do you even determine that? The ans...

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Poll Discussion: Weathering the Four Month Sleep Regression
The fourth month sleep regression is such a stressful time! Your little baby suddenly starts sleeping significantly less and you don't know what to do. Anyone who has been through it can look back and maybe have some ideas for how to weather that more easil...

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Kaitlyn PreTeen Summary {9.75 Years Old}
This is a summary for Kaitlyn between 9.5-9.75 years old.  EATING Eating is good! Same as usual.  SLEEPING Sleeping is great! Last time, I talked about how Kaitlyn is a very deep sleeper and how that can be very hard to wake up in the morning. I cam up with...

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When To Keep Sick Kids Home
That feeling of dread washes over you. You saw the pictures on Instagram earlier that day. The photos of her little cutie lying limp on the couch because he had been vomiting all morning. "Poor guy!" you had commented, inserting a little sad-faced emoji. No...

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Friday Finds: Mattress Protector
If you have a child, you really must use a mattress protector. Middle of the night puke-a-thon? Mattress protector is your friend. Wet the bed? Mattress protector to the rescue. Leaked through diaper? Spit up that whole last feeding? It is all made easier w...

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The Value of Your Tribe {Guest Post}
We all remember high school. The struggle of finding friends. How much you valued those friendships. The reality is, high school never truly ends. And finding friends as a mom? Even tougher than in high school! It's hard to SEE other moms let alone make tho...
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