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    For Mom

    How to Make New Friends as a Mom

    We just had Kid #3’s second birthday party. She had a blast, and as the third kid of four, it was fun to be able to spoil her—especially since she became a big sister about three months ago, and her life was turned upside down. At two years old, she doesn’t have many “real friends.” What she mostly has are kids of families my husband and I are friends with, who we hope she’ll grow close to over the years. As a result, the party was full of people I love being around—people who were friendly to each other, asked about my life, didn’t hesitate to jump up and help…

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    Raising Kids

    Fight the Crud: 5 Habits for Healthy Kids

    It’s like slow motion. A kid’s nose wrinkles. She sniffs. Her mouth opens. A sneeze is coming. And you know what might happen if that sneeze leads to a bad cold—weeks of nursing one kid after another and yourself back to health. Days missed from school. Days missed from work. Heaps of tissues and a huge dose of misery. You throw your whole body in front of any other kids around you like a human shield to avoid the wrath of the sneeze. This is one of the downsides of having a large family. If one person gets sick, it might be a months-long ordeal as the germs have a field day,…

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    Raising Kids

    Four Essential Tools to Survive Baby Number 4

    Baby number 4 was born nearly three months ago. She joined a rowdy crew of kids under seven years old. Our third child was not even two when she was born, and as many a stranger has pointed out, we have our hands full. Babies born later in a large family have to go along for the ride—that is, to all kinds of dropoffs, pickups, and events that their older siblings are involved in. They are also at the mercy of a mom who is keeping track of an almost impossible amount of other tasks and needs. Thankfully, several tools have come in handy to make our experience a bit more…

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    For Mom

    11 Calming Tactics for Mom when Feeling Overwhelmed

    This morning, I was feeling overwhelmed. I noticed as I opened the door that it was about 15 degrees cooler outside than I thought it would be when I’d dressed my kids. I unexpectedly had to unload our double stroller from the middle of the van, which my husband had chucked there to load groceries into the trunk last night. And when I got home, I had to contend with an uncooperative poopy toddler and a baby who was screaming for food. As parents, we all have moments of feeling overwhelmed like this from time to time, right? With four kids, I feel like they happen often. Sometimes, the chaos…