Don’t Get Caught With Poop on Your Hands!

Did you know that according to the CDC, nearly 25% of us are walking around at any given time with fecal matter on our hands? That’s right! And if that sounds gross, check this out: there’s more bacteria on the human body than there are people in the United States. Yikes! But it’s not all […]

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Help Your Kids Get Over a Fear of the Dentist

There may be only one thing that kids hate more than a trip to the pediatrician – and that’s a trip to the dentist. Unfortunately, oral health has a lifelong influence on overall health, even being linked to major ailments like cancer, heart attacks, and diabetes. So if your child would rather spend a whole […]

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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…

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Baby Jumpers: Concerns and Benefits

When I was pregnant I got a baby jumper that installs in a doorframe. I saw pictures of me as a little baby loving life in my Johnny Jump Up and my mom encouraged me- said it was great when she needed her hands free to make dinner. However, though they are convenient, baby jumpers […]

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School Lunch Recipes

In our last post you saw 4 ways to make school lunches less of a chore– hint: it has to do with organization.  Here are some ideas for easy school lunch recipes you can alter in a bunch of ways for variety AND make in advance! Recipes Trail Mix Good as an after school snack […]

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4 Tips for Making School Lunches Less of a Chore

It’s only the second week back at school and your resolve to make lunches for your kids everyday is disintegrating quicker than one of those paper lunch bags when they get wet.  You’re SO over packing school lunches that you’re ready to send your kids to school with a package of marshmallows. BUT, you want […]

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National Read a Book Day: Opear’s Favorite Books!

Why Read a Book? Reading is how we acquire all our knowledge. Someone who has trouble reading has difficulty learning all other subject matter and of course navigating the real world becomes extremely challenging.  Comic books, cereal boxes, poems, short stories, encyclopedias, fact books, flashcards, newspapers, pop-up books, joke books, baseball cards, a good old […]

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