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Use Excel to Keep Your Family Organized  

In my first post-college employed position, I worked for a boss who loved Excel spreadsheets. She thought nearly everything could be put into “boxes and rows,” and after my first year working there, I was officially a convert. I’m big on organization anyway, and those spreadsheet cells called to me, luring me in with…Read more… […]

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How to Get Work Done When You’re Home With a Baby  

I won’t sugarcoat this. Trying to work while taking care of a baby is usually a mess. You’re exhausted. You can’t formulate coherent thoughts. You feel guilty all the time because you’re thinking about your baby while you work, and your work while you parent. You rely on that Almighty Nap, but it’s unpredictable, and…Read […]

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Take Your Kid to an Adventure Playground 

If you’re looking for a pristine playground to take your pristine children, one where they can go down primary-colored plastic slides and land onto a cushioned surface, this post may not be for you. Today, we’re talking about adventure playgrounds, where you’re more likely to find kids hammering nails into scrap…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Have Your Young Artist Enter Google’s ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Contest 

Think your kid’s art deserves to be showcased beyond your refrigerator door? It’s the 10th anniversary of the Doodle 4 Google contest, and K-12 students have three weeks left to submit their renditions of the Google logo. The winner will score a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school and…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Help a Kid Who Has a Tough Time With Transitions

Moving from one activity to another can be difficult, even for adults. It’s especially challenging for kids when the transition is being made from something enjoyable (like playing or watching TV!) to something less desirable (like leaving a fun place or doing chores). When my son was a toddler, he had a really hard…Read more… […]

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Teach Kids About Mindfulness With These Everyday Objects 

Mindfulness can be as powerful for children as it is for adults—it can help them regulate their emotions and respond more calmly when life gets stressful. But simply telling your kids to “clear your thoughts!” or “be present!” will probably just make them more confused (and therefore more stressed). Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Clean Your Toddler’s Bathtub

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting…Read more… […]

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