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Are You a Married Single Mom?

By JustMommies staff

If you have kids you know how hard the job of mothering is. Even though married moms have a spouse to help them with household chores, parenting, and managing the home, they still may feel as overwhelmed as moms who don’t have a partner. This situation, where women feel like they are stuck doing
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How to Choose the Right Pet for Your Kids

By Laura Carlson

"Please mom, can I have a puppy… all my friends have them." Have you heard such pleas? It's almost like a rite of passage in childhood-it seems that nearly every kid asks for a pet sooner or later. But figuring out if your family should get a pet, and, if so, what kind of pet you should choose for
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Date Night for Busy Parents

Do you have younger kids? Remember what it was like to have a date night? If you're one of those parents who feels like you live and breathe by the schedule of your kids, you're not alone. Parents are often so busy scheduling the lives of their kids, they forget to take time out for themselves. That
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What Does it Take to Raise Happy Children?

By Jim Taylor

One of the most frequent comments I get from parents is “I just want my kid to be happy.” Though an admirable and common objective, happiness is one of the most neglected family values in twenty-first-century America. Few parents grasp the essential meaning of happiness for their children and fewer
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Fight the Pressure to Over-schedule: 10 Tips to Take Back Your Family

By Susan Newman

From early morning to late evening most families buzz with non-stop activity that shifts into overdrive during the school year. Once school gets underway—and before—extra curricular sign up sheets abound, and the impulse to engage your children in multiple endeavors becomes hard to resist. Why hyper-scheduled
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Friend or Parent: Striking the right balance

By JustMommies staff

One of the questions I hear from time to time is how to determine when a mom needs to be an authority figure for her kids, and when she can be a friend. Does she have to be one or the other? Let’s look at each side of the equation. The case for being an authority figure for your kids: Often, someone
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The Power of Choice

By Elizabeth Pantley

Would you like to get your kids to willingly cooperate? Stop the daily battles? Teach your kids valuable life skills? If your answer is Yes! Yes! Yes! then read on . . . There are so many things we must get our children to do and so many things me must stop them from doing! Get up. Get dressed. Don’t
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What Triggers Your Anger?

By JustMommies staff

  Family life is complicated and unpredictable. Day-to-day expectations and responsibilities can create angry emotions in both parents and children. No matter how skilled you are at parenting, no matter how wonderful your children are, you cannot eliminate or avoid the unpleasant situations that occur
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Teaching Responsibility Through Natural & Logical Consequences

By JustMommies staff

By Nancy Da Silva There’s the old saying, every action has a reaction. Slam the brake on your car, your car stops. Drink too much, you’ll get drunk. Cut your finger, it’ll bleed, etc. The universe is made up of a system of checks and balances that extend to the way humans behave as well. If you
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Teach Kids to Turn It Off

By JustMommies staff

(Excerpt from The Floppy Sleep Game Book by Patti Teel) www.pattiteel.com Time that children spend watching television takes away from time that could have been spent creatively. It’s also a concern that the ready-made pictures on television may rob children of the ability to make pictures in their
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