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No, it’s not Christmas. It’s better than Christmas. School is starting very soon! In our house, this means we have one daughter going into second grade, one daughter starting 4K and one daughter still at home climbing on the dining...
We have all read the articles on the importance of music and art in brain development beginning from birth, hence the reason we sing lullabies to our babies, finger paint with our toddlers, and sing and dance with our...
Becoming a new mom is one of the most beautiful and exciting times in a woman's life, and it can also feel like you are entering a whole new world full of new beginnings. Before we become parents, we envision...
Dear 8-year-old son, I feel like you should still be age 4. My mom always told me that each age would go would go by too fast. I’m afraid that she is right about that. Age 8 has already brought...
 Parked on the shoulder of the freeway under a sign reading “Madison 171 miles”, my husband and I took turns wiping up the puke running down the front of our toddler’s shirt (while occasionally dry-heaving from the smell). Between...
I am not always a good mom. I yell too much. I care more about keeping the house clean than about creating magical childhood moments. I let the kids eat way too many desserts, and I am notoriously lax...
Late last year we put our elderly cat Abby to sleep. To be honest, I probably took it the hardest, as she had been in my life longer than any of my children and almost as long as my...
Madison is a town rich in educational opportunities for kids and families. It is definitely not short on science activities, venues, and events that strive to make science accessible to children of all ages. Below is a (likely non-exhaustive)...
If you’ve walked down the baby food aisle recently, you know that the industry is massive. It’s not just puréed baby food in the aisles anymore. There’s everything from pouches to baby puffs and yogurt melts. But, do babies need...
In true fashion when we go on any of our vacations I plan like no one's business.  I research where we should stay, what we should all do, places to eat, etc. etc.  Same thing goes with deciding on...
I'm not sure if it's a "mom" thing or just a "being a grown-up" thing (or maybe just my own neurosis), but at night I often have trouble shutting off my brain when it's time to get some shut...
Let’s talk about one of the weirdest universal truths of parenthood: kid math. I am not talking about some new addition strategy your elementary schooler has to teach you so you can help them with their homework. Although, believe...

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