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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 …


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 …