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Evil Cleaning
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Evil Cleaning

Evil Cleaning: (e-vhol /klēning/) verb/present participle: Picking up toys while you are too disgruntled to put them in the toy box, and throw them in the trash can instead.
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Do You Make Your Kids Nap After School?
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Do You Make Your Kids Nap After School?

“Dear Naps, I’m sorry I was such a jerk to you in Kindergarten.”
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Bathroom Snob
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Bathroom Snob

Go to the bathroom, yes. Play in the bathroom, yes. Report to his teacher that he went potty, yes. ACTUALLY pee-pee in the potty? Nope.
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School Readiness Checklist
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School Readiness Checklist

Cram in those last few things on your Summer Bucket List, and enjoy looking forward to a new school year together.
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School Supplies Worksheet (Re-Post)
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School Supplies Worksheet (Re-Post)

It's time to buy school supplies.  This year, five kids are in public school, and we have a boat load...
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Parenting Mantra: Power over Stress
Entertainment Parenting

Parenting Mantra: Power over Stress

My four year old had a major smear in his undies one day. I told him he needed a bath because his butt smelled. He begged me not to wash his hair, because (and I quote), "I didn't stick my head in my butt."
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A Cup A Day: Controlling Cups on Counters
Organization Parenting

A Cup A Day: Controlling Cups on Counters

With all of the kids home for summer vacation, the number of cups around the kitchen have gotten out of hand. When you have to run the dishwasher twice a day, it's time to get crafty.
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Fighting the Infighting:  5 Strategies that help us get along.
Discipline Parenting

Fighting the Infighting: 5 Strategies that help us get along.

My kids are at the point where they are sick and tired of being together. The summer started with backyard pool parties and sleepovers in the living room. After only a couple weeks of quality togetherness, the fighting had begun. Nothing a little ice cream can't handle.
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Summer Chores: Privileges for Points
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Summer Chores: Privileges for Points

I took a few minutes and thought about what was most important (to me) to have the kids accomplish on a daily basis. Of course, chores was on the top of my list, but I also wanted the kids to read, do something healthy, help cook, etc.
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American Dependency: I thought we were Raising Independent Kids!
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American Dependency: I thought we were Raising Independent Kids!

This summer, we're taking the dependence out of independence.
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Nailed It! Mother’s Day Edition
Entertainment Parenting

Nailed It! Mother’s Day Edition

My daughter decided to have a timed bake-off between my mom, my two sisters, and myself. The challenge was to recreate Cupcake Jemma's Unicorn Cupcake; the prize was a cute chef's hat (that was lovingly decorated), and of course, bragging rights.
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Organization with Coat Racks
Organization Parenting

Organization with Coat Racks

My younger boys shower in my bathroom, where the towel racks are adult-sized. Naturally, the towels end up on the floor. Oh yes.... the floor, my kids can reach.
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Tantrum

WordPress prompt of the day: Tantrum Child 1: *drops garment off the hanger and proceeds to drag it across the...
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Learning to Count (why is it so Hard?)
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Learning to Count (why is it so Hard?)

Number 7, like most preschoolers, still has trouble understanding that 4 ounces of water in a short, fat container is still 4 ounces of water when it is in a taller, skinnier container. And that 2 chips broken into crumbs, are still 2 chips. #learning2count
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Mental Load: What It Means and Myths that keep it on your Shoulders
Leadership Organization Parenting Relationships

Mental Load: What It Means and Myths that keep it on your Shoulders

When my husband didn't pick up "my" mental and physical load, I felt like he was telling me that these tasks were beneath him. I didn't get a free night out; I only postponed the work I would have had to do anyway. As a "bonus", it's my fault because I didn't tell him to take care of the tasks, and he can't read my mind.
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The Proper Use of Children
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The Proper Use of Children

My daughters brought up dinner to my husband and I, who were enjoying a few minutes of free time. Dinner...
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Podcasts That You Must Let Your Kids Listen To
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Podcasts That You Must Let Your Kids Listen To

Whether you’re looking for a cute bedtime story or something to keep them out of mischief on that long drive up to grandma and grandpa’s place, you can’t go wrong with a good podcast.
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Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 2 of 2)
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Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 2 of 2)

Part of the movie-watching-fun is watching the older movies together with the re-makes or re-boots. For example, It's interesting to observe the roles of women in the older movies versus modern movies through my kids' eyes.
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Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 1 of 2)
Entertainment Parenting

Family Movie Marathon Idea (Part 1 of 2)

Popular Culture today is big on all of the fantasy-type heroes that my generation grew up idolizing. Now that my generation are adults, we are excited to see our youth modernized with expensive badassery (is that a word?).
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What Your Teen NEEDS to Know About Taxes
Mike's Money Minute Parenting

What Your Teen NEEDS to Know About Taxes

It's March, and the tax season is upon us. More than just upon us, it's mere weeks away from T-day.  You've thought about your taxes; have you thought about what your teen needs to know about taxes?
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