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My kids never stop moving. Before the Wisconsin weather gets cold, we have been spending as much time as we can enjoying the outdoors. C and Baby Jo are always running, jumping, diving, climbing, dancing or leaping. Their pre-bedtime ritual includes running laps around the apartment. Do you have littles like that, too? My kids don’t drink enough to keep up with their activity level, so I always have water with me and regularly remind them to drink it.

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Backseat Conversations

Backseat Conversations

Some quick math tells me that the kids and I spend 1 hour and 20 minutes per day commuting to and from therapy. That adds up to 6 hours and 40 minutes per week. Whew! One of my favorite parts of each day is listening to their backseat conversations. They usually get along better when they’re both strapped in their respective carseats. That must facilitate the conversations. Here are some of my favorite moments from this week:

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Moving in the Winter

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Moving in the Winter

Winter can get long and dreary, especially for our kids who are usually stuck indoors. We need to get creative to expend that energy we so easily use outdoors in warmer weather. It’s so much easier to go for a walk or a trip to the park in the summer! Exercise is great for our bodies and our minds. Here are five ways to keep your kids moving in the winter:

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I’m Coming Down With Baby Fever…

Hubster and I are noticing how big our little baby is getting.  How do they grow so much, so quickly in their first year?!  He used to be only eight pounds, 22.75 inches long, and completely dependent on us.  He was so easy to hold and cuddle, and so very tiny.

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Myth: Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom is Easy

Over the past week, someone said to me that they’d love to be able to “just” stay at home with their kids.  (They emphasized the “just.”  This person did not have children.)  Inwardly, I was outraged that this person thought that life at home with children was so easy.  Outwardly, all I could do was smile politely at their ignorance.

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