The miles can seem wide when families live a long ways apart, but with a little creativity and help from technology, you can make the long distance a little easier.
There’s just something magical about listening to a story.
"When they start talking about “killing” someone in a video game, our parental red flags automatically go up...So one night, after we put the kids to bed, my husband sat down to play Fortnite. We were going to have a first-hand look and decide for ourselves if we thought it was appropriate."
If you have faith, you can move mountains. This old saying must be true because I’ve moved plenty of mountains — of laundry — in my day.
Having two sons of her own changed how this mom, who grew up with one sister, felt about boys. "But it struck me on the way home from a fishing trip there's still one thing I definitely don't have in common with boys — and that's what they take as a compliment."
To the mom looking out from those blue tinted windows at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, I see you.
"Every year, as those endless summer days approach, I start to wonder how I’m going to divide my time between work and kids."
Every once in a while, you stumble on a book or series you just have to tell your friends about.
"The kids will leave one day and, when they do, I still want to be in love with my husband. I want to know who he is and what makes him tick. I want to have the feeling we did life together and came out on the other side loving each other more than ever."
Making new friends or maintaining relationships with old friends can be hard when you’re a busy parent; and it can feel weirdly like dating. "Is it too soon to text? Does she like me as much as I like her? Where should we go if we hang out?"
In our family, we place a high value on giving back to society and serving others.
If you’re looking for a distraction from your own heartache, or just a way to mentally escape into someone else’s adventure, here are three new book releases to look forward to this month.
We all know good handwashing is key to staying healthy, but try telling that to your kids when they’ve got better things to do.
"When a graphic novel holds a child’s attention to the end of the book, it can help him or her gain reading confidence and interest in books, which eventually carries over to books that are not graphic novels as well."
If you need a few last minute gift ideas for your kids, how about books that will be released as movies this year? It’s so fun to read a book and then see the characters come to life on the big screen.
Parenting can make you feel like such a hypocrite.
"We make sure our kids eat their vegetables, but how often do we get the recommended serving? We take our kids to every sports practice known to man, but somehow we can’t manage to squeeze in a 30 minute walk for ourselves."
"When you read your own book, it's actually good for your kids," wrote mom Jenni DeWitt. "I don’t know about you, but I’ll do just about anything for my kids. If doing my No. 1 favorite hobby is going to help them — I’m in! Double bonus. It’s go time! So here are three great books for November to get us started."
"Like a bad Cinderella story, I promise myself I can read if I get all the chores on my list done. But lists are never done when you’re a mom, and my reading wasn't getting done when I put it last," wrote Jenni DeWitt. "So I decided to set up a certain time each day when I could read — guilt-free."
As a parent, it can be hard to find a good book to read, let alone find time to actually read it. To help you out, we present three spooky good options for the month of October.
This Nebraska family visited a local farm to learn about where the food they eat every day comes from.
"I’d sit down at the computer to order a new car seat and hours later I’d still be sitting there, hair standing on edge from where I’d run my hands through it with stress," wrote one Nebraska mom. "I’d read every safety review known to man and all the comments and ratings any crazy person ever took the time to leave on Amazon. The worst part? I still hadn’t made a decision."
"I like their bras, but what I don’t like is that placing an order basically signs you up for a six month subscription to soft porn. Once you make an order, they start sending you magazines with a woman in her underwear on the cover."
Have you ever been happy, hanging out with your kids and then had your imagination go down a trail of terror? Thought of all the "what ifs?" You're not alone. It's called catastrophizing, and here's how one mom has learned to cope with it.
During her time as a work-from-home mom, Jenni DeWitt has learned something about being home for hours and hours on end: "Things can start to get a little strange," she wrote. "Now the strangeness, for me, has changed over the years. It started with dancing in the kitchen with my baby and has slowly evolved into talking to myself and considering my cat as my co-worker."
Right here in Nebraska, one in five kids don’t know where their next meal will come from. The Arby’s Foundation is here to help.
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