Archive for the ‘Family & Relationships’ Category

Late to School . . . Again

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I laughed at a first grader who knocked over a row of bikes this morning. She was late to school, walking her bike the last few steps before parking it in front of the principal’s office. “Come ON!” her mom begged. “The bell just rang!” Their footsteps tapped along the sidewalk in a familiar, choreographed […]

Best of the Forum: What to Do About Hitting?

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I would love advice from those who have been there: my 2.25 year old nephew has recently (last 2 weeks) begun hitting (hard) his mother and occasionally babysitter at unexpected times (during a hug, getting him out of his crib, as well as while playing). My brother and sister-in-law have responded with consequences in the […]

Overwhelmed as a Mom of Multiples

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My babies were three days old when my husband offered to get take-out from one of our favorite restaurants. I said, “Yes,” just as I would have before the girls were born. But as soon as he left, I realized this was my first time alone with my twins. In the small, silent room, I […]

Connect with Your Kids – Don’t Control Them

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What parent doesn’t know how it feels to lose control with our kids? When a child flings him/herself down on the floor in the middle of the grocery store, hits or bites a sibling or school mate, makes poor choices about their friends, schoolwork or health, talks back or rolls their eyes at anything we […]

DIY Estate Planning: Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney

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Having a new baby ranks right up there with the world’s most disruptive personal transitions. There’s just nothing like major new responsibilities, sleeplessness, arguing with your spouse, placating your other children (and pets) and dealing with caring for someone 24 hours a day who can’t even hold up her head.

Local Nanny Source With A Personal Touch!

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Considering the fact that a nanny will become a trusted member of your parenting team, there is a lot more to finding the right match than you might think! Over the past 25 years, owners Daryl Camarillo and Maggie Berkshire have perfected the nanny search process. Focusing on each family’s individual needs and backed by […]

Finding Out You’re Having Multiples

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Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is as amazing as every parent says. A fetal heartbeat is quick – our baby’s was 160 beats per minute. When I heard it, I felt my own heart race to keep up. On the ultrasound screen, we saw a tiny, Teddy-bear-shaped body wiggling around in what […]

Local Nanny Source With A Personal Touch!

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Considering the fact that a nanny will become a trusted member of your parenting team, there is a lot more to finding the right match than you might think! Over the past 25 years, owners Daryl Camarillo and Maggie Berkshire have perfected the nanny search process. Focusing on each family’s individual needs and backed by […]

Mommy, Can We Send Baby Back Now?

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I thought I had dodged a bullet when my second son was born and my first seemed to fall in love with him right ‘out of the box’, so to speak. The baby was doted on, squeezed, admired, snuggled and generally adored by my older son. I was relieved…I had done something right, clearly! Maybe […]

Family Fun Day sponsored by Parents Place

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Join PAMP at the Parents Place Family Fun Day this Sunday! Come celebrate children and families in our Community When:  Sunday May 17, 11:00am – 2:30pm Where:  200 Channing Avenue (at the corner of Emerson), Palo Alto

Celebrating 30 Years as a Mom

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If you asked me what I received as a Mother’s Day gift last year, I admit, I don’t remember. If you asked me to list all my favorite gifts over the last few years or even longer, I don’t remember those either. Don’t get me wrong — I like getting gifts! Who doesn’t? But gifts, […]

Member Musings: I Choose Acceptance this Mother’s Day

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This is probably more of a reminder for myself than anyone else reading this. I have decided to end my argument with reality. Yes, I have been in a constant argument with reality. Letting that go, it turns out, is the definition of mindfulness. Or at least one of them.

Local Nanny Source With A Personal Touch!

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Considering the fact that a nanny will become a trusted member of your parenting team, there is a lot more to finding the right match than you might think! Over the past 25 years, owners Daryl Camarillo and Maggie Berkshire have perfected the nanny search process. Focusing on each family’s individual needs and backed by […]

How to Make Shopping Fun with Young Kids

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Whether you are in a hurry to get in and out for a few items or need to restock the pantry, taking your child to the grocery store isn’t always as pleasant as you would like it to be. However, with a bit of creativity and planning, you can up the odds for a better […]

Keys to Building Character

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With the loss of community in the past two generations (now “the village it takes to raise a child” looks more like a ghost town), an increasingly “look out for yourself” economy and a vulgar and self-absorbed culture penetrating every corner of our lives – including children’s television and advertisements – we really have to […]