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Staying Healthy at Summer Camp

Ah, summer camp. A right of passage where kids learn to swim, shoot bows and arrows (yikes) and get their first taste of independence. You’d love to enjoy the peace and quiet of your first kid-free week in who-knows-how-long…but you KNOW what they’re bringing back with them. Annoying songs that stick around for months. Art […]

Opear Parenting Stories: Twins in a French Pharmacy

Scene from my life a few weeks ago, because it’s a you-know-what show but we gotta laugh at it to keep from going crazy 🙂enjoy, friends. -Meghan Friday morning. Girls woke up with pink eye.  Took the tram with two 3yo toddlers and a baby in a stroller into the city to see the doctor. […]

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12 Creative Date Ideas for Parents

A positive relationship can be a strong foundation for a happy family, but after a while, “dating” just isn’t what it used to be. Often, we fall in love with our partners over the new exciting experiences that we shared together. Maybe we were learning about their interesting hobbies, or maybe we just had the…

7 Steps for Dealing with Mom Guilt

If you are a mom, chances are you have felt the pangs of mom guilt.  The extent to which we have felt it differs from person to person. Some of us feel the guilt like a small, annoying insect buzzing around our ear.  Some of us drown in it. Wherever you are on this spectrum,…

Friendships, Now That We’re Parents

How old is your oldest friendship? In what ways has it changed over the years? What makes a good friend? Did you lose or make friends in direct correlation to your debut into parenthood? I think most of us had and lost dozens of friendships in childhood.  This is normal, because often what constitutes a…

Playtime: Structured Play

Free play, structured play, allowing boredom, playing with my child, quiet activities… where’s the balance? This series of ‘Playtime’ articles will give you insight into each of these types of play and ideas for implementing them with your family! Last week we covered free play.  This week we are covering structured play, which is basically […]

Playtime Series: Free Play

Free play, structured play, allowing boredom, playing with my child, quiet activities… where’s the balance? This series of ‘Playtime’ articles will give you insight into each of these types of play, how they benefit your child, and ideas for implementing them with your family! With summer just around the corner, I’ll be honest: I’m scared. […]

Leave the Dishes… and the Guilt

Do you feel pressure to have a clean home? Does it stress you out when you see oatmeal under the table and a sink of dirty dishes? Well then let me ask you this: Who says the house has to be clean all the time?  NOBODY. Not a one of us has a perfectly clean […]

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Opear’s Guide to Wellness Themed Baby Shower Gifts

If you’ve been to (and/or hosted) your share of baby showers, you know the drill: no lead-based toys, nothing flammable, etc. etc. But what if instead of worrying about purchases that won’t hurt, we chose gifts that actually help and heal? In honor of shower season, Opear has rounded up a few of our favorite […]

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