During my most recent visit to Omaha for my mom’s big 60th birthday bash, my two boys had the chance to spend quality time with their cousins. I love that my boys have cousins in their age range. Each day we were there, they had a chance to play together.

Keeping kids entertained can be expensive – both at home and on the road. Annual memberships are one way to experience local attractions multiple times, both saving money and avoiding the dreaded “we must stay here all day to get our money’s worth” mentality.

"What if day was night and night was day? Would I still have to go to bed?" "What if you and dad weren’t my mom and dad? Would I have to call you Molly?" Molly Cavanaugh's kids go on like this all day, every day – definitely keeping her on her toes. "They rarely repeat themselves," she writes. "I am in awe of their tenacity."

If we want girls and boys to benefit from all youth sports has to offer, we have to make it appealing. When youth coaches focus on the positives and spend a majority of their time praising, complimenting and encouraging young people, practices and games are more enjoyable, pleasant and fun for kids and adults.

It started off like any other day. My husband left for work in the morning as I did my writing. My 20-month-old woke up babbling and talking. My bulldog snored on our recliner. But it wasn’t just any other day; it was the day I questioned everything. A day I’ve now called, “I’ll never be the same again.”

Dear Sassy Housewife: I am seven months pregnant with my first child. Recently, we discussed a birth plan with our doctor, which included whether or not we want people in the room with us when our daughter is born. Both my husband and I agree we want it to just be us. My mom, however, is very unhappy with this decision. How can I explain this to her without really hurting her feelings?

With school back in full swing, the bedtime battles are officially on. Whether your kids are 2 or 12, you are probably dealing with the ramifications of attempting to go to bed on time so your kids can wake up fully rested. One local mom offers a few tips to help.

Some kids have an easy time making new friends. Some kids have a very large circle of friends, and others are content with one or two close friends. But for others, meeting new people and developing friendships can seem like an impossible task. Here are some tips you can offer to help your child make new friends.

The Omaha Girls Who Code club started last year at Abrahams Library. Since then, it's grown into three clubs, including one at Do Space. Interested in signing up for it? You have until Sunday!

Dog Gone Problems: I have two dogs. Maggie is a high energy, 15-pound therapy dog who stays with my grandmother most of the day. The other dog, Ruby, who weighs 45 pounds, stays with us all the time. They play with one another daily in my dad’s back yard, and are not aggressive to other dogs or people. When both dogs are in my apartment, however, they go crazy. Maggie gets so excited that Ruby is there and she plays so rough. Do you have any advice?

It seems the older our children grow, the busier our lives become. Balancing work, school, extracurricular activities, errands and chores can make it difficult to eat dinner as a family. Here are some tips to help you make family dinners a priority.

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