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7 Experiential Gifts to Share with your Valentines

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about chocolate and flowers or even about the love between two partners.  Consider the following  experiential gift ideas the whole family can enjoy… in Flagstaff! Make a Meal Together– I’ve always loved the playfulness of Valentine’s Day, so what better way to celebrate than by involving your family in […]

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Don’t Assume Your Kid is Straight: Talking About LGBTQ+ Pride

June is pride month, with rainbows everywhere celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, so here is a compilation of resources for facilitating family friendly conversations on LGBTQ+ themes.  LGBTQ+ What?  LGBTQ is the initialism that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.  Adding the + makes it inclusive to asexual, pansexual, pangender and […]

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How We Fight to Win the Toy Battle

What do I mean by toy battle? I’m sure you’ve been to those houses where not only do the kids have seemingly endless toys, but they are EVERYWHERE.  Now, this is not a judgment post. This is not Marie Kondo saying sometimes her house gets messy when you KNOW it doesn’t. I have plenty of […]

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Your Kids Deserve to Be Bored

Modern parents are under a lot of pressure. We feel the need to ensure our kids success, to enroll them in the right activities, to throw pintrest-worthy birthday parties, provide homemade organic baby purees, and take instagrammable family vacations. In the age of fear and overparenting we are depriving our children of something essential: boredom.  […]

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Can You Teach Kids Adulting?

  Do we lead by example or try to teach them every little thing we know? Or both? As my oldest son quickly approaches high school I began to seriously contemplate all the things we need to teach him before he goes off on his own. But the list is endless! Trust me, I’m the […]

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My Relationship is Not A Romantic Comedy

I’ve soaked up the Hollywood version of relationships throughout my entire life. Thus, my idea of romance and courtship comes from a combination of 80’s and 90’s rom-coms, General Hospital, and Beverly Hills 90210. I know, it’s surprising that I’ve never slept with a teacher or hard-core stalked anyone. I watched The Notebook until I […]

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I Hired A Sleep Coach

A while back I wrote a post about enjoying night time wakings and feedings with my newborn (here). Looking back I truly feel that I soaked up as much late night, swaddled baby burrito cuddles as I could. Fast forward 21 months later – I’m done. Like stick a fork in me done. Since birth, […]

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Free Range Parenting

Free-Range Parenting, It’s a Lifestyle

When it comes to parenting, I’m pretty middle of the road in terms of my style and approach. But one pretty big aspect of all this is employing free-range parenting. For anyone who doesn’t know what this means, here’s Wikipedia’s definition: “The concept of raising children in the spirit of encouraging them to function independently […]

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Cell Phones: Tool or Hobby?

By now, you are probably well aware that the recommendations for screen time. If you need the reminder, children under 18 months should be limited to video chat and children under 5 should be limited to one hour of media. This is all according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  I bring all this up […]

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