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Dropping the Ball Directly Onto Dads

Dropping the Ball Directly Onto Dads

Assuming dads do less parenting than moms is an outdated notion, as this former stay-at-home dad explains.

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Tips to Organize Grocery Shopping

Tips to Organize Grocery Shopping

If you don't like grocery shopping and want it to be as quick and painless as possible, try these tips to speed through the store.

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The School Keeps Taking Away My Child’s Recess

The School Keeps Taking Away My Child’s Recess

What to do when the school punishes your child for a behavior issue or incomplete work by taking away recess

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A Photo Album Full of Promise

A Photo Album Full of Promise

Adoption advocate Kelly Raudenbush gifts the director of a Chinese orphanage with an album of before and after photos of the children who once lived under her care.

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12 Ways to Create a Greener, Healthier Home

12 Ways to Create a Greener, Healthier Home

Add an easy, low-cost tip to your lifestyle every month for a greener home!

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Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Don't despair about getting older! Instead, take stock of the many wonderful things and people in your life in a gratitude list.

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5 Sanity-Saving Tips for Moms

5 Sanity-Saving Tips for Moms

Don't let motherhood overwhelm you. Try these great tips from a mom in the know.

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You're The Reason Mommy Drinks

You're The Reason Mommy Drinks

Are we giving our kids the wrong impression about alcohol by joking about its role in parenting?

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Fun With FAFSA

Fun With FAFSA

If you have a student who's preparing for college, and you're applying for financial aid, this post may sound eerily familiar.

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31 Daily Habits to Get and Stay Organized

31 Daily Habits to Get and Stay Organized

Gradually add one or two tips to your routine for a more organized home and life!

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How to Write a Parent Concerns Letter for an IEP

How to Write a Parent Concerns Letter for an IEP

Why you should always take advantage of the opportunity to do a Parent Concerns Letter for an IEP meeting and how to write an effective one

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First Steps to an IEP

First Steps to an IEP

Special education advocate Lisa Lightner explains the steps to take to initiate the evaluation process that can lead to an IEP.

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5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Don't let your family fall victim to winter germs without fighting back! Try these tips to build your child's immunity against illnesses.

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I Miss Her More When She's Home

I Miss Her More When She's Home

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How To Get Organized in 2017

How To Get Organized in 2017

Find out how getting organized can help you accomplish your other New Year's resolutions!

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After the Holiday Rush

After the Holiday Rush

Do you appreciate January's relative calm after the holiday storm?

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Should You Take Your IEP Issues to the School Board?

Should You Take Your IEP Issues to the School Board?

When and how to approach your local school board representative about special-needs issues

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The Hanukkah Fairy

The Hanukkah Fairy

A humorous tale of how one mom made up the "Hanukkah Fairy" to help her 5-year-old daughter, who felt left out when her classmates celebrated Christmas

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A Positive Perspective on Scoliosis Treatment

A Positive Perspective on Scoliosis Treatment

A mom's touching letter to her daughter, who has to wear a back brace to correct scoliosis

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Places to Shop Organic on a Budget

Places to Shop Organic on a Budget

You can shop organic without paying membership fees. Find out where!

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Donate to Your School Without Giving Cash

Donate to Your School Without Giving Cash

8 donation strategies that don't hit your bank account

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How to Deal with Asthma Flare-Ups at School

How to Deal with Asthma Flare-Ups at School

Prepare the school and your child to handle an asthma flare-up.

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Make an Allergy-Safe Birthday Cake

Make an Allergy-Safe Birthday Cake

Don't go without the party's centerpiece because your child has food allergies! You can make a delicious, allergy-friendly birthday cake.

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Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Prepare in advance for a more enjoyable holiday

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Home Schooling with Special Needs

Home Schooling with Special Needs

Find out what counts as home schooling and what your options are for support services

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Make Your Own Child ID Cards

Make Your Own Child ID Cards

How to create your own child ID card for travel

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How You Can Improve Special Education in Your District

How You Can Improve Special Education in Your District

Steps you can take to make positive changes in your school's special-education services

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Do You Have an Emergency Plan for Your Child With Special Needs?

Do You Have an Emergency Plan for Your Child With Special Needs?

If an emergency struck, do you know how you'd be reunited with your child? These tips help you prepare for the unexpected.

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A Buy (Almost) Nothing Birthday Party

A Buy (Almost) Nothing Birthday Party

Try a birthday party that repurposes items for an eco- and wallet-friendly celebration.

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Make Meal Planning Easier This School Year

Make Meal Planning Easier This School Year

Do you find yourself racing to figure out dinner and often opting for takeout? Try these tips to make dinnertime healthier and less stressful.

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MomSpeak Contributors

Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Chris Bernholdt, DadNCharge
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Mara Gorman, The Mother of All Trips
Stephanie Glover, A Grande Life
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Kathryn M. Martin, Mamacado
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Lindsey Schuster, Sisters to Sons
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

If you are a Philadelphia-area parenting blogger and would like to contribute to MomSpeak, please e-mail editor@metrokids.com.

 

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MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Preview: Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

Preview: Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

The Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall on April 6.

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How to Talk to Children about Disabilities

How to Talk to Children about Disabilities

Encourage inclusion and acceptance by teaching your child to understand differences

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Game Review: Moms Confess

Game Review: Moms Confess

Gather some friends during your kid's sports practice or for an moms' night out and play this fun game that reveals your parenting successes and challenges

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5 Tips to Help Kids Spot Fake News

5 Tips to Help Kids Spot Fake News

Teach your kids how to distinguish facts from opinions

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