Helping Parents De-Stress… Just a Bit.

  Video not working? Coping with the demands of parenting isn't always easy. Parents today face a complex set of challenges that come with busy schedules, balancing work with family, and being part of 24/7 digitally-connected generation that makes it almost...

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Transitioning Into a School Year Routine

It’s that time of year again when parents everywhere are dealing with re-setting their child to get back in the school mindset. But before the learning begins, there are some basic routines that families can establish to make the...

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A Better Night’s Sleep for Your Child

The following video and article were originally created for and aired on The Early Show on CBS, and CBSnews.com.  (CBS) It can be a nightmare for both parents and children: kids continually waking up in the middle of...

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Avoiding the “I’m Bored” Chorus This Summer

You don't have to spend a lot of money to occupy time this summer. Simple activities that don't cost a bundle can actually help everyone enjoy summer without turning parents into cruise directors. But keep in mind, it’s important...

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Girls vs. Boys

My 5-year old daughter recently told me “that just because boys are stronger than girls, doesn’t mean that they can hit us”. Which she then immediately followed with, “and just because girls are smarter than boys, doesn’t mean that...

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Summer Brain Drain

I’ve sat through three parent sessions this week at my daughter’s school that dealt with “summer brain drain” and how to keep kids from losing 30% of what teachers worked hard all year to cram into their little brains....

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The Mannered Mom On… Class Gifting Mania

I used to think I was creative and resourceful...and then my daughter started preschool. I've since learned that a last-minute approach to class gifts will never do. (These are the gifts that your child gives to every member of...

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The Mannered Mom at the Inauguration!

I’ve just returned from a momentous and exciting trip to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration and am still totally blown away by what I experienced and saw there. You likely already know how insanely cold and crowded it...

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The Mannered Mom on… Traveling With Kids

I’m more frequently asked by people how they should deal with other people’s kids while traveling than I am asked for tips on how people should manage their own kids. This leads me to believe that other people’s kids...

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The Mannered Mom On… Being a Great Houseguest

‘Tis the season for entertaining and travel and so it’s a great time to refresh the fundamentals of being a good houseguest, nearly none of which apply if you’re crashing with family (Sorry, grandparents!). But for others who may...

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