As a Dad of Daughters, I Have a 6th Sense & Can Scare Boyfriends

I am the father of three children. I have two daughters and a son. My kids mean everything to me. My son is growing up, and I see him maturing a little more every day. But I will always look at my daughters and see them as those same little girls I put in ponytails (with varying degrees of success) and drove to school years ago. And that is the problem. Raising daughters is tricky.

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The Craziness That Comes with Having a Large Family

Having a house full of pitter-pattering feet was always a dream of mine. I have wanted to be a mommy for as long as I can remember. Having a large family, at least large by American standards, was never in the plans however. After baby #1 and #2 arrived and we settled into a comfortable, suburban lifestyle, my husband and I were 99.99% sure that our family was complete. That .01% led to identical twin girls a few years down the road. You read this correctly. Our number of kids DOUBLED in about 30 seconds.

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How to Develop Character in Young Children

In a typical day, it’s possible for children to spend more time engaging with technology than interacting with their peers face-to-face. As a result, the “selfie culture” is on the minds of today’s parents, who worry about how they can make sure their children grow

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Bedtime…Why Must It Come EVERY SINGLE NIGHT?!?!

My girlfriend was over one day picking her daughter up from an epic 9th birthday sleepover. We chatted in the kitchen discussing the girls and how late they went to sleep the night before. I casually told her that it didn’t really matter to me because the twins had not yet slept through the night, (FYI they are two) and come to think of it… I really could not remember having a full night’s sleep.

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Mum on a Mission: My Fight for NICU Parents’ Mental Health Support

Like more than 90,000 other families, I became a resident of NICU. My son was born with an undetected CHD called Tetralogy of Fallot and suffered a Neo Natal Stroke. Elijah spent 9 days in NICU and had open heart surgery at 6 months old. Elijah is now a happy and healthy little toddler causing mischief where ever he goes. But the story doesn’t just end there—it doesn’t end when you bring a NICU baby home. Most will think that having a baby in NICU is hard, but now that they are home everything is…better, isn’t it? NO. I could live with the many follow-ups, check-ins and doctor visits. What I couldn’t live with? My own mental health after I brought Elijah home.

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One Simple Secret To Your Kids’ Happiness!

Fact: 99.99% of parents spend at least 99.99% of their time worrying about the same thing – their child’s happiness. Well, at least I think those percentages are correct. Ok, ok so I made them up, but they feel about right. Right? In truth, it’s probably even closer to 100%, but how can we know for sure that our child is truly happy? And if we suspect that they’re not, how can we change that? It’s one of the biggies we parents have to face.

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Careful Now America…for They are Watching You

With the election now over and our new president announced, we find that the country is divided in an extreme manner- we’re fighting, arguing, blaming – and the whole time our children are watching…and learning from our actions. We need to remember that how we act – now and always – should demonstrate good values and morals. We want our kids to be happy and get along and work together and avoid hatred. In the following post, Kristin McCarthy discusses the importance of being a good role model and how she’s talking to her own kids about the election results.

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Beyond “Please & Thank You”… 3 Ways to Raise a Polite Toddler

The importance of saying this or doing that is figured out over the course of a lifetime, but there are some fundamentals we can try to teach our kids to get them off on the right foot. The days of children being seen and not heard are long over, so I’m working hard to make sure what comes out of my toddler’s mouth only makes me cringe about half of the time. Here are 3 ways to raise a polite toddler.

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