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10 Gender-Neutral Baby Names

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One of the million things any parent-to-be has to grapple with is what to name the baby-to-be. Do you honor a relative-alive or dead-with naming your baby Bertha or Constantine? Do you go rogue and name your 100% Asian son Yuri or Nigel because you think it’s cute and people will think so too (or so you hope)? Do you leave it up to your spouse and hope for the best? Marcia Layton Turner, the New York-based author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide: 40,000 Baby Names notes that the current generation of parents-to-be seem “much more comfortable with a broader concept of gender, so it would make sense that they wouldn’t necessarily want to confine their children to a particular gender.” Well that and some of these names are just too cool to pass up…. More

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Love Your Family: How to Put Them First

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Sometimes it seems like the most important rule in our culture is “the busiest person wins.” Our society calls us valuable when we accomplish something in every single moment of every day.

This makes us think we need to do the same thing in our family to be a successful mom. We need to involve our kids in sports and music. Art and public speaking. We need to go to the library. Bring them to every children’s museum. We need to never stop…. More

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Do You Worry About Screen Time?

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Are you worried about screen time? You know, the time your child sits quietly without bothering you and watches a screen? We hear all the time that we should limit our child’s screen time, or that they shouldn’t watch a screen at all, but let’s be realistic shall we?… More

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9 Tips to Survive a Snow Day

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Tip #1: Enjoy the Beautiful Morning

Gone are the snow days when I would sleep until noon and binge watch “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” . Now, the 5am wake up call from Child #1 is greeted with genuine joy, as we replace getting ready for work with snuggling. If I happen to dose during Mickey Mouse (Viewing #1), I am sure I can catch how Mickey surprises Minnie with her valentine, later in the day. By 6am, all three of my delicious children, adorned with footed pajamas, are giggling throughout the house. We manage to eat a warm, home cooked breakfast, and while I know the day ahead will be a bit long, I feel nothing but grateful to have time to spend with my children…. More

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