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Parenting a Blended Family

I was driving to the grocery store with my husband’s daughter one morning. He wasn’t actually my husband then, and she was a squeaky-voiced elementary school girl who was with us for her weekend visitation. It was summer in Kansas City, but early enough in the morning that the heat and humidity hadn’t completely sapped […]

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Simple Ways to Help Kids Build Social Skills

I get a little embarrassed when I’m in public with my kids and strangers kindly make conversation with them. They respond by blatantly turning their heads away and acting as though they are mute. I know they’re not. They talk all the time. Seriously, nonstop. I don’t blame them entirely, they’re newly three, and I […]

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Everything I Own is Broken

Everything I own is broken. I mean, not really, but basically. I have nineteen remote controls that operate exactly zero things. There’s probably a raccoon in the attic again. Either that or an army of voles. I had to look up what a vole was when the thought occurred to me.  The dishwasher rack is […]

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The Nasty Nines

He argues with me at every turn. He’s rude, argumentative, moody and confrontational about everything. It feels like there is constantly rage bubbling under the surface and I find myself almost fearful of asking him to put his laundry away or put his dishes in the dishwasher. “You don’t get to talk to me like […]

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Mom Guilt

Why on earth do we put so much pressure on ourselves as moms? We have a constant inner battle with ourselves to do better or be better. Being a mom comes with enough challenges as it is. Adding “mom guilt” to the list is just one more thing we do not need to worry about. All […]

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4 Tips to Keep Date Night Alive, Without Leaving the House | Duluth Moms Blog

4 Tips to Keep Date Night Alive, Without Leaving the House

I know that making time for my husband and our relationship is important. Before we had kids, date nights were more frequent and simpler to plan. But now, we really don’t get out much. It is so easy to come up with reasons not to make date night a priority. Money, childcare, time, planning ahead, […]

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