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Feeding Your Family by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on May 20, 2015 in Babies, Big Kids, Nutrition, Toddlers, Your home |

I am reading a book by nutritionist Elleyn Satter entitled Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming (Birth Through Adolescence). Now, before you stop reading this article because your kids don’t have weight problems, neither do mine! This book was recommended to me a nutritionist because I was griping about feeding my family: when I put in […]

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Hatching Good Eggs: Fostering Volunteerism in your Children by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on December 7, 2013 in Big Kids, Toddlers |

Several years and several children ago, when I was a mother to a 1- and 2-year old, I spent hours trying to find a volunteer activity that we could do as a family. In high school and college, I was very involved in volunteer organizations and headed up the largest year-round service organization at my […]

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Keep It Simple, Stupid by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on August 12, 2013 in Big Kids, Toddlers, Your home |

I admit it. I am a recovering rigid Mom. We had volumes of “house rules” when our 2 older children were 3- and 4-years-old. I had a little sign similar to this one posted on our side door. I thought it was clear and cute. But my kids were confused and always being told “no!” With a full […]

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What I Really Think About Motherhood by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on August 5, 2013 in Caring for Yourself, Toddlers |

Yesterday was a hard day to be a Mom. The fighting kids, the defiance, the fighting kids… It was one of those days. As I sat down on the couch last night exhausted, I logged on to the Mommy Mentor Facebook page and wrote, “Can we talk about how being a Mom can really suck? […]

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65 Summer Boredom Busters by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on June 6, 2013 in Big Kids, DIY Home, Products we love, Toddlers, Your home |

How To Keep the Kids Busy This Summer: A Photographic Journey It’s time. Time to bust boredom. Here’s how! 1. Let your kids make their own meals like oven-baked pizza. Mine love eating out of muffin tins! 2. Explore your city’s outdoor art. 3. Get a bug box and adopt some free pets from your […]

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Cooking With Confidence: Chef In Training by Cafe du Mom

My mom is not a cook. That’s not to say she doesn’t have her signature dishes – her shrimp creole, crawfish etouffee, and artichoke cheese squares are out of this world! But for the most part, we grew up on “hamburger casserole,” spaghetti and meat sauce, and roast beef (the kind with the grains of […]

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“Mommy, you a hot mess!” by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on April 4, 2013 in Babies, Big Kids, Toddlers |

That’s what my 2-year-old called me. “A hot mess.” And he was right. It’s been a hard couple of days being a Mom. It started yesterday with my automatic van doors refusing to open and close when I push the button on my key pad. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the number […]

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Positive Parenting Phrases by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on April 2, 2013 in Big Kids, Toddlers |

I joke that I need a voice recorder with a handful of phrases pre-recorded on it. Then, instead of repeating myself to the kids all day long, I can just push a button! Button 1 would say, “Please close the door!” Button 2 would say, “Please speak with kindness!” We really do try to speak […]

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Confessions of A Few Good Moms by CurlyQ

Posted by curlyq on March 9, 2013 in Babies, Big Kids, Need a laugh?, Newborns, Toddlers, Your home |

I love being a Mom. I really do! But this is hard work, man. I don’t ever get to leave work to go home. My home is my work. And there’s so much that goes into keeping my household running smoothly with one in elementary school, one in pre-school, one who is potty-training, one who […]

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Techno-tots by Cafe du Mom

Posted by curlyq on March 1, 2013 in Big Kids, Toddlers |

Recently, I was at an event where there were several middle school kids all sitting in the bleachers together in total silence – silent enough to hear their fingers texting furiously away sending messages to the very friends by which they were surrounded.  In this techno-crazed world, we are – generation by generation – becoming […]

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