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Mommy Diaries: Worrying is a waste of time!

Eye colour and height aren’t the only traits that can be passed down.

Raising Mary: The struggles of the fib phase

Tracy Cooper tells us about how her daughters are moving through their fib phase.

Raising Mary: How to let go when you need to let go

Our street is the shape of a capital P, with our house near the bottom of the straight line. One day, I suggested to Mary that she ride around the loop by herself.

Raising Mary: Keep your child’s extracurriculars under control

This year, Adelaide turns six, so she will be old enough to take two classes, like Mary.  But this would mean five-and-a-half hours at the studio on Saturday. Instead, we are considering a class or two on a weekday after school.

Raising Mary: Are road trips part of your family’s life?

We have passed on our love of road trips to Mary, seven, and Adelaide, five, with our annual trek to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s 15 hours each way.

Raising Mary: Some kids like affection, while others don’t

"Another hug, Mommy.” I’m dropping seven-year-old Mary off at school, and we’ve already hugged and kissed each other’s cheeks four times.

Raising Mary: Do our gender ideas influence our kids?

Try as we might, our own stereotypes are hard to suppress.

Raising Mary: Do we overpraise our children?

I realized if I kept overpraising Mary, she was going to expect cheers for waking up in the morning.

Raising Mary: Do dads have more fun?

When I was little, my Mom gave me lots of love, and surrounded me with a doting extended family, but one thing I didn’t have was my father.

Raising Mary: How do you get kids to pick up after themselves?

Tracy Cooper tells us about how she sometimes ends up picking up after her daughters.

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