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Author Archive | Sara


20+ Ways to Make the Most of Your Daily Parenting Routine

Day-to-day parenting can at times feel like a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day. While there might be slight differences each day during the school year grind, the days can start to blur into one continuous loop with little time for fun. Lunch packing, pickups, and drop-offs. Appointments, activities, and cooking. Cleaning, grocery shopping, […]

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showing up

The Most Important Work of a Parent is Showing Up

It’s midnight in Minnesota and my four-year-old daughter can’t sleep. I thought my day was almost done, but my daughter has a lesson to teach me about what showing up as a parent really means. We are visiting the family lake cabin for a much-needed vacation. We’d spent four hours in the morning packing and […]

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Tiptoe Like a Chicken: Using Play to Parent

The two to four-year-old age group is unique. Sandwiched somewhere between baby and kid, their impulse control and ability to express and regulate emotions are still developing. This can be a challenge for parents used to communicating with those not a) screaming b) constantly in motion c) covered in breakfast and/or mud, or d) all […]

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Earth Day Portland

Earth Day Family Fun Around Portland

Earth Day is April 22. What began in 1970 in the United States is now celebrated each year by 1 billion people in 192 countries. Sure, your kids ride bikes and use water bottles, but how much do they understand about the many ways our daily actions can impact the world around us? Earth Day […]

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Why I Stopped Lying to My Daughter

Lying to kids isn’t a new concept. From funny lies like “the Halloween Goblin ate the rest of your candy,” to seasonal lies like “the Elf on the Shelf is watching,” to exasperated lies like “we can’t go to the store because all of the stores are closed, yes, all of them!” Most parents have […]

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