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Mother Daughter Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Putting together the perfect mother daughter date night on Valentine’s Day is a ton of fun. You can go in so many directions and really make it a special memory. Spending that type of quality time with your daughter on a day like Valentine’s Day makes it even more special. Here are five really fun ideas to try out the next time you spend a mother daughter date night together on Valentine’s Day:

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My Lack of Sleep Might Kill Me

I watched Dr. Oz yesterday and I think I am truly scared!  Women who do not get at least 5 hours of sleep a night are twice as likely to have a heart attack as those who do?

Well chalk me into the heart attack corner.

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Creative Solutions For Kids And Their Arguments

Kids are going to argue. It is their way of learning how to solve problems. While it is a major pain in the neck, it is much better than having them learn such lessons out in the world at large. That will come soon enough. For now, having kids that argue is a necessary evil to teach the lessons that we need them to learn. That said, how do we manage such arguments. More importantly, how do we stop kids from arguing once they start, while still allowing them to learn?

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Valentines Day Fun on a Budget

How are your Valentine’s Day plans shaping up? If you’re like most people, you want to squeeze in plenty of fun but don’t have a lot of extra cash to pay for it. If your Valentines Day fun needs to stick to a tight budget, check out these ideas.

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Parenting Tips – The Power of the Word No

When I was little, no meant no. If I responded to a no from my parents, I suffered the consequences. No was a serious thing. These days, no means something entirely different. No generally means something between “stop” and “please continue so I can say no again.” Parent use the word no and kids continue to do the very thing that they are told not to.

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Would You Watch me on a Reality Show?

I woke up this morning to learn that I was not the winner of the Power Ball Lottery. So my dreams of hardwood floors, name brand clothing and a new car were foiled. However, as with any dream, it sits there, festering, begging for me to find a way. As I sit and think about how to become one of the elite that can take a jet to the private boat where champagne and nanny’s run free, I have decided that the next probable option for me is to be a reality TV star.  Now, I know my chances are slim. And I know that my life is interesting to me and those who know me but the editing God’s might not feel the same. But when an application surfaced on the blogosphere this week, the dream got a little closer to never coming true. But hey, it makes for good conversation on my Facebook page. With the possibility of it ever coming to fruition being less than winning the lottery, the question still remains: Would you watch me on a reality show?

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Raising Confident Daughters in a Dangerous World

It was rather obvious to me early on that life was not going to be easy for my daughters. The world has been changing rapidly and not for the better…wars, hunger, racial tensions and crime are all alarmingly common these days. When I look at the world today, it scares me. I am a grown woman. If I am seeing these things as scary, what must my daughters be seeing? How can we make sure we are raising confident daughters in a dangerous world like the one we live in now?

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When My Daughter Hates Me – Tips From A Single Mom

When my daughter hates me, a part of me feels like it is dying. Hate is a particularly strong word coming from anyone, but coming from your child it stings even more. As a single mom it can be particularly tough dealing with these types of situations. Kids can hate you for a number of different reasons, but most of them boil down to the fact that you are asking (or telling) them not to do something they clearly want to do. Hating us appears to be the kid’s way of getting back. There are a number of cliches that I could give you here, but they are not going to help out much. For example, what good would it do to say:

She’ll grow out of it.

It’s a phase.

She is just growing into herself. (What in the world does THAT even mean?)

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Helping Your Daughter Navigate Friendship – Daddy Edition

Written by Series Guest Blogger, Brooks Weatherspoon, a father of twin 12 year old girls that will give us insight into A Day in Fatherhood!

There are few things that are tougher for a father than watching his daughter go through pain. My daughter struggled socially for a number of years due to health issues and when the time came that she finally found her “best friend” we were thrilled. She talked about her constantly and had her over for slumber parties on a regular basis. Then, one day…she was gone. Worse still, she was gone for no good reason other than the fact that she wanted to be in a different social group.

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My Brain on Tired

**Originally published 12/16/2010. But still so applies.**

I had one hour of sleep last night.  One whole, refreshing, blissful, productive hour of sleep last night!

I. Feel. Great.

It all started night before last.  Sarah was up way too late, 11pm, because she was super excited about pajama day at preschool.  So, at nap time yesterday, she fell asleep immediately and snored away for two long, wonderful hours.  That is one hour more than the sleep I got last night.  In case you missed it.

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Bringing Up Girls – Social Media Dangers

Bringing up girls these days feels like a dangerous proposition. It seems at every turn there are potential dangers. Boys and girls both are at risk to all kinds of things that we old folks rarely worried about as kids. From bullying to predators, the online world has amplified many of the things we faced during childhood. Social media has changed the playing field into something that we parents simply can’t ignore.

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Confessions of an Overloaded Mommy Brain

I am pretty smart, I think.  I have 2 + 2 down pat, can balance my check book, and have a good grasp on making a mean grilled cheese.  I don’t think anyone that knows me would say that I was a flake or airhead.  Well… maybe… but they don’t count.

Lately, however, something is going on.  This is more than preggo brain – which I experienced the entire 5 years I was having children – more than complete exhaustion, more than just plain absent mindedness.

This is overloaded mommy brain at its best.  Complete with embarrassing results, explanations to more than one person, and the “I am so so sorry!” sentence being thrown around more than, “Will you be my nanny?”

Dare I say it?  I just feel plain DUMB!

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Five Sure Fire Tips to Handle Childhood Fears – Daddy Edition

Written by Series Guest Blogger, Brooks Weatherspoon, a father of twin 12 year old girls that will give us insight into A Day in Fatherhood!

When I was a child, I was deathly afraid of spiders. Every single time I climbed into my bed, I felt spiders crawling up my legs. It was a fear that developed after a late-night viewing of Shock Theater classic, Tarantula. Watching those creepy crawling spiders put the fear in my brain and I was very careful to keep it to myself. One reason was because I was embarrassed by the fear and the other was because I knew I would get my tail whipped for watching such a film. Whatever the case, my childhood fears went on unchecked for the majority of my elementary school years. Ultimately, I got to hold a tarantula during school one day when a zoologist visited and the fear vanished. I was quite lucky it would appear because many children never lose their childhood fears.

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Five Life Skills You Should Teach Your Kids Early

Life skills are those things that we simply can’t do without in our adult lives. They are the skills that we build from as our foundation and without them, our happiness in life is much more evasive. Life skills are often overlooked as well. Parents get so wrapped up in right and wrong that they can easily overlook some important skills. I know that some of these life skills are tough to deliver along with all the other things I do as a mother. This is why it is so important to put a premium on them….to repeat them….and to start at a very young age. Over time, the lessons will become a natural part of who they are and your constant reminding will become second nature. Here are five extremely important life skills that often get overlooked:

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Embracing Individuality When You Have Multiple Children

When you are raising multiple kids at once, you run into all kinds of unique problems. One of the most common is the problem with individualism. You want to treat your kids equally, but you want to recognize them all as being unique too. Finding the right mix of this is a tricky proposition. As a mother of three, I have become an old pro at navigating these waters. Embracing individuality is a daily practice in our home.

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Five Tips for Assigning Chores To Kids Successfully

Assigning chores is not exactly fun. Kids are naturally going to be resistant and we have our work cut out for us before we even get started. That said, we are not helpless in this situation. We have tools in our arsenal that can help a great deal if we are willing to use them. Here are five tips to consider when you find yourself having to assign chores to your kids:

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