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Time Away From the Kids?!

A parental getaway? Sometimes it’s a must! Especially around the hectic holidays. How can parents ease their own guilt and make the time apart as painless as possible for the whole family? Susan Stiffelman, family therapist and author, answers this important question from one of our readers.

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The Imperfect Mother

Funny and comforting, Kyran Pittman, the popular blogger behind “Planting Dandelions,” skewers her valiant attempts to achieve the perfect motherhood.

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Supporting your Child’s Independent Play

Some parents exhaust themselves entertaining their children. But what if actively observing our tots better supported their social-emotional development? Janet Lansbury, parent educator says, hands-off but observant is the way to play.

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What We’re Hearing

Slowing down, the wisdom of kids and those special “four letter words” are a few of the topics we culled from the web this week.

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What We’re Hearing

Can you sink a marshmallow? That question will be answered along with how to raise assertive kids and easy ways to spice up kid snacks and meals, in today’s articles culled from the web this week.

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Top Articles of the Week

A little Friday pick-me-up, featuring four fun articles we came across this week, meant to support and inspire.

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Nail Polish Boys & Trucker Girls: Gender Exploration in Children

In a world so structured by ideas of what it means to be a boy or a girl, what happens for kids who veer away from these gender “norms?” Stephanie Brill, renowned author and expert in childhood gender variance, gives us a window into the whys and what-to-dos with children who push the boundaries of our gender expectations.

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The Last Days of Summer

Tanya Ward Goodman, a talented writer and mother of two, submitted this personal essay. It inspired us, and we hope it reminds you to slow down during the last days of summer and savor the sweetness of childhood…and peach pie.

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Daring a Road Trip with your Kids

Road trip on the horizon? Anxiety about what to do with energetic children wanting to get to the destination yesterday? Never fear. Read on for ideas about what to do to keep your children, and even yourself, having fun for hours!

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