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Dads are happier than moms. Science wants to know why.

One possible explanation for this, said the study’s authors, was that fathers reported playing more with their children, and they suggested that all parents might benefit from more play.


Mama Bear Moxie: Paying with cash shouldn’t be a thing of the past

I found myself apologizing for having cash, then I realized apologizing for offering money for a product is absurd.


Mama Bear Moxie: It doesn’t get easier; it just gets different

Parenting doesn’t get easier, it just changes.


The Full Suburban: Fighting the eternal struggle of messes

I know it’s odd to have nightmares about messes. But after an entire day of taking care of my kids (and animals!), cleaning up another mess is just about the …


7 things to keep in mind when talking to kids about tough subjects

Still, we don’t want to leave our children’s education and understanding of these topics to the internet, a friend, or some random kid on the bus, do we? So we …


Mama Bear Moxie: Top five parenting books to read in 2019

I have read many parenting books over the years and have found that most of them can be quite helpful when raising kiddos.


Mama Bear Moxie: Make 2019 the year you hit the books

However, last year, I decided to make a simple, dedicated choice: read more.


Mama Bear Moxie: Reflecting on the past year with the Spokesman

I have to say my Spokesman readers are some of the more vocal readers of my columns.


The Full Suburban: For better or worse, chaos creates magic

Being a mom during the holidays is a bit of a thankless job. For reference, here are a few of the things that I dealt with in the days leading …


Sleep-friendly routines may help child fall asleep more easily

Lots of children your son’s age have trouble falling asleep easily at night. In many cases, the reason for this can be traced back to habits a child has developed …


Mama Bear Moxie: Finding friends in the same season of life

Making new friends as an adult is just awkward sometimes, but it is oh so important.


Mama Bear Moxie: Parenting styles can come with their own risks

There are classic types of parenting styles like attachment or positive parenting but I wanted to spend some time today discussing the dangers of modern types of parenting.


Mama Bear Moxie: Five cheap, easy Christmas traditions

I find myself always looking for ways to make the holiday season more special for my kids. There are always plenty of things to do and events to attend but …


Timeouts are a dated and ineffective parenting strategy. So what’s a good alternative?

Parenting experts have criticized the timeout technique in recent years, saying that it might neglect a child’s emotional needs. Most experts agree that punishment is harmful to a child’s emotional …


Mama Bear Moxie: Walking the line of sticking up for yourself

I will never apologize for sticking up for myself.


Mama Bear Moxie: Ditching the turkey this year

But, I’m putting my foot down this year. Here’s my list of reasons why I’m going turkey-less:


Mama Bear Moxie: High expectations often lead to disappointment

I tend to have high expectations on most everything in life. I have high expectations of myself, my husband and my kids. I have high expectations on how I think …


Mama Bear Moxie: Every kid is smart in their own way

In our household we have had many conversations about the differences of our kids. We have redefined the term “smart” in our household and have decided that it isn’t just …


Mama Bear Moxie: The trials, tribulations of the chore chart

I have tried numerous chore charts for my kids. Some have partly worked and some have not worked at all.


Mama Bear Moxie: To everything there is a season

I was reminded, yet again, you can learn a lot about a person by what they purchase at a store.


12 old-school skills children shouldn’t lose

School is officially in session. And while kids are constantly learning new skills in the classroom, there are a few tried and true talents we shouldn’t let fall by the …


Disney princess Kristen Bell worries about what movies teach girls about consent

Bell, who provided the voice of Princess Anna in Disney’s animated film “Frozen,” told Parents magazine that when she reads “Snow White” to her two young daughters, she poses a …


Teens, that iced vanilla latte might taste good. But it could lead to problems, now and later.

All of this caffeine may be amplifying anxiety, compromising tonight’s sleep, tanking tomorrow’s school performance, inhibiting nutrient absorption, dehydrating your cells, and when mixed with alcohol, causing real trouble.


Mama Bear Moxie: The power of a paycheck

Over the years, I have done a wide variety of extra jobs that helped bring in some extra cash. There was one thing I learned from all these jobs: There …


Mama Bear Moxie: You should just adopt

When you adopt many people will tell you different things. You’ll hear all about the worst adoption failures out there as well as what people think about adoption. You’ll be …


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 …