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The Game Changer: Dating Lessons learned from a Single Mother
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The Game Changer: Dating Lessons learned from a Single Mother

I can remember the two thoughts that overwhelmed me the day I received my divorce papers back in 2006; 1) I am finally free of the one sided marriage that was making me incredibly unhappy, and 2) Who will ever accept me now that it's me AND my daughter? No one plans for their marriage to fail. I certainly felt that my strong desire and passion for being a good wife and mother would be enough, and it would have been, had I had been with the right man.

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One tip? Schedule travel during a nap or around your child's bedtime.
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Holiday Travels: 9 Tips For You (And Your Kids) To Sleep Soundly

There's so much to love about the holidays. Spending time with family, hot chocolate by the fire, and all the twinkly lights. However, holiday travel can wreak havoc on your child's sleep, thus putting a damper in your otherwise cheery holidays. If one of your holiday wishes is to get more shut-eye, read on for some useful sleep tips you can apply to your child's routine.

'What did you do today?' and Other Conversation Killers
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'What did you do today?' and Other Conversation Killers

Does this sound familiar when your child comes home from school? How was your day? Fine. How was school? Good. How was the test? Okay. Anything else to tell me? Nope. Not much going on there! These are sure-fire conversation killers. And whatever question you do ask, don't ask it as soon you walk in the door. When asked about that, a group of middle school girls responded that after six or more hours in school, the last thing they want to talk about is what happened there. They need time to decompress, too.

A Parenting & Love Dilemma: Every Year, My In-Laws Ruin Christmas
Is there such a thing as too many gifts?
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Every Year, My In-Laws Ruin Christmas

I've tried to make my kids understand that they have more than enough stuff and that millions of kids have nothing. I want them to be more grateful and less greedy. It's been largely a losing effort, a fact I am confronted with every December. And I blame my mother-in-law. There. I said it.

Parenting: Your Child Has No Friends, Now What?
You may be worried, but she's perfectly happy! Photo: greg westfall., Flickr
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Your Child Has No Friends... Now What?

When your child seems isolated from others, it's so difficult to not step in and fix the issue at hand. But having few friends isn't necessarily a cause for worry. Take these parenting tips to heart and help your kid make his own decisions about who to connect with.

Declaration of TWINdependence
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Declaration of TWINdependence

Thirty-three years after my identical twin girls were born, I hold these truths to be self-evident...     No matter how hard you try to make them into individuals, the magnetic pull of twin-ism is always stronger than parent-ism. When my twin girls met each other at a spa weekend for their 25th birthday, one traveled east from NC, the other traveled west from AR and they met within only ten minutes of each other at the spa in Nashville, despite leaving at different times and encountering different traffic snags.  LESSON: Don't fight the

All You Need Is Love: Gay Parenting Is Just Parenting [VIDEO]
Two dads, lots of love.
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All You Need Is Love: Gay Parenting Is Just Parenting

As LGBT relationships fight for recognition in our country, another topic is brought to the table: gay parenting. In this new video, a panel of relationship experts explores the issue of raising kids as a gay parent — and if it should even be an issue at all.

Parenting Advice: The Well-Oiled Family Machine
Could your family routine use a tune-up? Photo: .curt., Flickr
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The Well-Oiled Family Machine

Gears, buttons, switches and energy... you may be surprised that your family structure contains all of these moving parts! Check out this parenting advice and learn how to keep things running smoothly.

Why You Should Put Your Relationship Before Your Kids
A happy childhood doesn't have to mean an unhappy marriage for you!
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Why You Should Put Your Relationship Before Your Kids

Last week, I read a brilliant article by Heather Morgan Shott called "Why I Always Put My Husband Before My Child." The title alone was so provocative that I couldn’t help myself from investigating the article, but also I couldn't wait to read what some of the comments about her beliefs.