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Mama Bear Moxie: Just host for once

Hosting can get tiring. Help others by sharing the burden.


Is your child in the right car seat? New guidelines to check

Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until …


Mama Bear Moxie: Rediscover the magic of the library

The library is a fantastic maze of information…go get lost in it!


Mama Bear Moxie: Navigating changing gender roles

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It’s come to this: A checkup with the pediatrician may soon include a prescription for play

The advice, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, may come as a shock to some parents. After spending years fretting over which toys to buy, which apps to download …


Posting a first-day-of-school pic online? Here’s what you need to know

I signed onto Facebook recently and quickly realized it’s that time of year – when photos of smiling, backpack-wearing, sign-holding schoolkids off to class get posted faster than I can …


House Call: Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol

My first piece of advice on this subject is that the conversation about drugs and alcohol is not a one-and-done thing. It should be an ongoing topic that is addressed …


Mama Bear Moxie: Teaching little ones independence

Here are a few tips to help preschoolers gain a bit more independence and make your job easier as a parent.


Mama Bear Moxie: Getting ready for college drop offs

I wanted to share my thoughts to both parents and incoming freshman who will be moving to college soon.


Mama Bear Moxie: Though they’re young, they deserve respect

I started noticing that my immediate first thought was, “You can’t be serious. How does this kid know anything?” and then I stopped and realized how wrong that idea is.


Mama Bear Moxie: Children need to get enough sleep

It became very clear to me as a young mother that sleep was an important part of my children’s health. Establishing a sleep schedule for my babies paid off as …


Mama Bear Moxie: Makeup doesn’t define beauty

I’m being careful about what I say to my daughter when she does put on a headband or pretty dress because I want her to have self-confidence but also want …


Mama Bear Moxie: Time for kids – and mama – to learn some independence

I have realized that I need to give my two two sons more chances to gain some independence. They can’t stay under my wing forever, and I can’t protect them …


Five ways to talk to your kids about swearing – and why

What kids intuitively understand is that words are powerful, and certain words make a big impact. Here are some tips for talking to kids about strong language.


Mama Bear Moxie: Spend the money on professional photos

The extra cost of professional photographs last the test of time


Mama Bear Moxie: Free things to do with your kids this summer

When you are a stay-at-home mama with little ones in the house it can be hard trying to plan fun things to do on a shoestring budget. I remember those …


How co-parenting moms help their kids celebrate dad on Father’s Day

One challenge of co-parenting is figuring out the holidays, especially the ones like Father’s Day, when you’re supposed to celebrate the other parent.


Everything is Copy: Fatherhood is every day

Good men, good fathers, know that even if that can’t silence that ugly inner voice, they can choose not to parrot it. They love their children with generosity and forgiveness, …


Mama Bear Moxie: Don’t sweat the summer planning

Summer is upon us and it has mamas all over in a frenzy. Working moms have to make other plans for childcare or enroll their kiddos in every-summer-camp-known-to-man to keep …


Mama Bear Moxie: Don’t test me

When I had my firstborn, I decided I would parent much like my own parents did: loving and strict, yet fun. I remember my dad telling me when my son …


Mama Bear Moxie: Pushy parenting sometimes is the best way to help a scared child

Now, am I touting that you should push your kids to do something they absolutely do not want to do? No, but I knew that he was safe and that …


Is your kid getting enough to drink? Here’s what you need to know about hydration

Adequate hydration is essential for growing babies, toddlers and kids. As with adults, water is necessary for their body’s daily activities. Because of their smaller size, though, children are more …


Mama Bear Moxie: Cutting the cord

In an effort to save a few dollars off the family budget, many families are choosing to forgo their cable companies and switch to other television options. We had friends …


Swaddling your newborn: Why to do it, and how to do it right

When it is done right, swaddling can help calm your baby and even make it easier to get him to sleep. It is a great skill to have in your …


Mama Bear Moxie: Telling the truth to your kids can be complicated

I want to be an honest mom. Really, I do. But there are times when I find myself flat out lying to my children.


Mama Bear Moxie: Sometimes the trash can is your best friend

I am that mom that throws things away. Like a lot of things. If I deem it unnecessary, I immediately throw it away. I, of course, look over the graded …


Mama Bear Moxie: The slippery slope of comparison

Mama Bear Moxie column for Monday, March 26, 2018.


Mama Bear Moxie: Be still my cynical heart

Love should be actively celebrated and shown throughout the entire year and not just on a random day in the middle of February.


Judge: Oregon couple with low IQs can parent both their boys

A judge has reunited an Oregon family despite state concerns that the parents are intellectually incapable of caring for their children.


Rising Strong gives troubled Spokane parents another chance to keep their children

The Rising Strong program is working to keep Spokane families together by providing a lift to parents struggling with drug addiction and other barriers.