Category: Being Your Best Parent

I fear my black son becoming a man

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You fear viruses, kidnapping, accidents, and other parenting woes. I fear the day my sweet baby boy becomes a black man.  

I fear the world that doesn't value his life. The world that lives in denial, claiming all lives matter to them. 


When I think about the day my son will drive a car and be stopped by the police, I shudder in fear. I wonder, How I can protect him, a camera in his car? An alert that will dial me immediately and send me his loca...

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 9:14 AM by Julianne Neely

5 things moms should never say to other moms

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Motherhood will make you feel every single emotion possible, including some emotions you didn't even know existed. But there's nothing like the anger/annoyance of an unnecessary comment from another mother. You know, someone who is going or has gone through the very thing you're going through, but somehow feels the need to express disdain or criticize the job you're trying your best at.

So here are 5 things moms should never say to other moms:


Posted on June 23, 2016 at 12:13 PM by Lauren Plotkin

A British expat mom on teaching kids manners

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With my British upbringing, I was surrounded by traditional etiquette. My sister and I were taught to listen without interrupting, learned how to eat with a cake fork, and always wrote formal thank-you notes.

In today’s busy, digital work it’s easy to forgo the handwritten approach and even to forget to show appreciation altogether. Now a mother myself, I want to be sure to teach my daughters, aged 2½ and 1 year, the value of being thankful. Like ...

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 1:05 PM by Fiona Royer

Want a kinder, calmer kid? Try mindfulness. |

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How many times have you said to yourself “just breathe”? Do you encourage your child to do the same? Stress is not reserved solely for adults. Research within schools has shown that teaching children mindfulness leads to greater kindness, improved focus, more self-control, fewer mood difficulties, and higher academic scores and graduation rates. What’s not to love? 

Mindfulness is being aware of o...

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 9:27 AM by Paulette Janus

To the mom missing her dad on Father's Day

Photo: The author, second from left, with her dad, second from right, and family


I don’t mean to brag, but my husband is a really amazing dad. Ever since my boys were born, he was hands on and involved in every aspect of their lives, from changing poopy diapers to waking up with them in the middle of the night…even happily going into super-cold pools with them during swim lessons so I could stay warm and dry on the sidelines.


And when Father’s Day rolls around, I always wa...

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 8:36 AM by Amanda Simkin

5 ways to prevent summer 'brain drain'

Around this time every year, parents begin worrying about the dreaded “summer slide.” This term defines the learning loss kids experience over the summer due to the fact that they aren’t going to school every day and engaging their minds in reading, thinking and problem solving.

Many parents scoff at the notion that summer brain drain is something to take seriously, but it’s a very real threat to kids’ forward momentum. Research shows that children who don’t take part in some kind of e...

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM by Karen Quinn

Selling your home when you have small kids

Selling your house is stressful. Emotions run high, there are many sleepless nights…and I’m just talking about the adults. When there are kids involved with selling real estate, everything gets amped up even more. How do I know? Because I’m going through the process right now and it has been a roller coaster that I can’t wait to get off of.


So take some of my advice and follow these 6 tips for selling your house while raising small children:


Expect things to take longer than t...

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 1:38 PM by Amanda Simkin

How to make moving easier for your kids

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My husband and I have moved a few times since getting married. Moving is not fun by any means (especially in Chicago where you have to get creative with rental truck parking, lots of stairs, etc.), but we’ve always managed it by renting a truck and coaxing friends to help us with the promise of pizza and beer. Our most recent move was different because now we have twin toddlers who bring more “baggage” (sorry, couldn’t resist) into the equation. After...

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 1:07 PM by Dana Wurzburger

10 things to do when your partner's had an affair

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You have discovered or have been told that your partner has been having an affair. You’ve been hit by a ton of bricks engulfed by a tsunami of emotions ranging from anger, resentment, wanting to seek revenge to sadness, despair and helplessness.  


One of the first questions that may arise is “Should I stay or should I go?” While the answer is there and is different for everyone, you may not have an immediate answer or you unequivoca...

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM by Concentric Counseling

7 thoughts a stay at home mom has every day

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Before having my daughter, I never thought about what stay-at-home-mom life would be like because I never thought I'd be a SAHM. Fast forward though the newborn stage, my return to work, and then my decision to quit my job and I'm now living the stay-at-home-mom life. It's certainly been interesting, fun, challenging, wonderful, exhausting and all the usual descriptors. But I thought I'd give you a glimpse into the real thoughts that go through a s...

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 3:55 PM by Lauren Plotkin