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20 Ways Your Addiction Affects Your Kids [EXPERT]
Mommy, put down the bottle!
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20 Ways Your Addiction Affects Your Kids

Children are the true victims of living in the chaotic dysfunction brought on by addiction. Here is a list of what the kids and adult survivors of addicted parents will get some combination of ...

The Secret Ingredient To Freedom In Your Relationships
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The Secret Ingredient To Freedom In Your Relationships

Wouldn't it be firecracker fabulous if every single day of your relationships felt like the 4th of July? What would that look and feel like? Want to know the secret? First let me share my 4th of July memories with you and then I'll let you in on the secret. For as long as I can remember we always had huge family gatherings at my aunt's house on the 4th. She lives near the High School where there would be the most amazing fireworks display. Growing up it was a day spent in her pool with everyone playing Marco Polo or water volleyball.

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"So are you ready for another?" I asked my husband. His response was shocking.
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Why Having A Second Baby Is A 'Big Effing Deal' To Me

Several months into motherhood, just as things really start to settle down, you realize your baby is in fact, no longer a baby. That's the point where you turn to your partner and ask "So, you ready for another?" The response I received from the man who was so interested in having three children once upon a time, was shocking.

Talking With.... Young Children
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Talking With.... Young Children

Young children are very sensitive to and strongly influenced by the environment they live in and those around them. Yet because of their immaturity, they may not be able to express themselves verbally. Children show much of what they are thinking and feeling, and how things affect them through their play and behavior. When they do express themselves verbally, it often is brief and they are quickly on to other things.

Give Your Kids "The Entrepreneurial Bug" This Summer
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Give Your Kids "The Entrepreneurial Bug" This Summer

Summer is a great time to get your kids happy and productive by giving them a purpose to dedicate their extra time to - their own business. Help them learn to explore their options in life by giving them The Entrepreneurial Bug. They'll be able to clearly see that their efforts (cause) will result in some fun consequences (effect) - ideally some extra cash. Help them realize now that they're little creators.

What Are You Role-Modeling For Your Children?
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What Are You Role-Modeling For Your Children?

"The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." ~Jim Henson, 1936-1990, Creator of The Muppets Half of good parenting is being there for your children and the other half is being there for yourself. What would you have given as you were growing up to have had parents who role-modeled taking loving care of their feelings, their health, their finances, their environment?

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If babies just love your guy, chances are he would make a great dad.
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8 Signs Your Man Would Make A Great Father

Father's Day is here, and amidst all of the celebrating and gift-giving, I can't help but feel happy (and a little relieved) knowing that my future hubby will be an amazing father to my children one day. So how do you tell if your Mr. Perfect will translate into a stellar dad? Here are some telltale signs.

Are Your Kids Struggling With Food & Weight Issues?
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Are Your Kids Struggling With Food & Weight Issues?

When I was growing up there was rarely an overweight child. Occasionally someone would be plump, but I can't remember anyone in my class being fat. However, TV wasn't around until I was eight years old, and the streets were a safe place to play. We had plenty of P.E. in school and we played hard after school. Even as we grew older and had more homework, physical activity was a major part of our lives. And there wasn't so much junk food around yet.

Think Childhood Prostitution Is Despicable?
June 13: Donate to build a girls' academy in Liberia, Africa.
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Think Childhood Prostitution Is Despicable?

Sure, it's tough for some parents to race child one to soccer practice while still dropping child two off at piano lessons on time, but families find time to do it; mostly with minimal complaints. Sure, it's heartbreaking when a boyfriend breaks up with you — but at some point you move on, hopefully gaining strength through the experience. But some people have bigger problems.

Learned Helplessness: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?
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Learned Helplessness: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

Your teen leaves his dirty clothes all over the house. Instead of getting into another fight with him or nagging him to pick them up, you do it for him. It’s easier, right? Your daughter with ADD is having problems completing her science project. She can’t seem to focus and complains that it’s boring and too difficult. After she goes to sleep, you finish it for her. After all, you don’t want her to fail.

young puppy love, valentines day
"Relationships and sex are huge life situations; I don't want to underprepare my kids."
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Why I'm Shielding My Kids From 'Puppy Love'

When it comes to my children and preparing them for romance, I'm pretty conservative. Love, relationships and sex, are all huge life situations that can make or break times of your life and influence who you are and the path your life will take, and I don't want to underprepare my kids by treatly the subject lightly.

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This number of babies is NOT something I want to be dealing with.
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I'm The Oldest Of Four ... Which Is Why I Only Want Two Kids

Even though my fiance and I are still months away from walking down the aisle, the inevitable question has already come up: When are we going to have kids? This is totally exacerbated by the fact that my younger sister just had a baby in April, and in some cases, the question is annoyingly accusatory (as in, how dare you let your little sister have a baby before you?)