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Turning Valentine's Day Inside Out With Mindfulness Crafts

Valentine's Day is a greeting card holiday. A lot of people hate the lesson it teaches -- the idea that you only have to show your love and feelings this one day every year. What if we take it and turn it into a time to help us get better at dealing with our day-to-day emotions? By helping our kids help themselves, we can teach them better tools to help others. Valentine's Day is all about feelings, so let's help our kids learn to deal with the feelings they have.
Mom.life

6 Tips for Helping Siblings With Your Hospital Bed Rest

When you have big kids at home, hospital bed rest makes you grateful for five minutes of peace while simultaneously tearing your heart out. It makes an already painful time even trickier to navigate. When I was 29 weeks pregnant with my son I started bleeding - it was my daughter's fifth birthday. It had been a beautiful day - full of chaos, fun and good friends. By midnight, I would be in an ambulance on my way from our regional hospital to Duke.
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Sleep Deprivation Isn’t a Contest but Someone Get Me a Prize

Me to my friend, “I’m so tired. I haven’t gotten more than three consecutive hours of sleep in 13 months.” Random person (who was totally eavesdropping), “Oh, I know how you feel! I haven’t slept for more than 30 seconds in 375 months.” And so begins the “who has it worse” game that isn’t a game. On good days it becomes a jovial back-and-forth of the outrageous ways our brains are drained like your phone when you let your big kid play Minecraft or Pokemon Go.
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