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Erin

Erin, aka "Mommy" to a 5, 3 and 1 year old, is an adjunct professor, amateur photographer and sci-fi junkie, mostly in that order! She lives in northeast New Jersey with her much adored husband, kiddos and strange looking but loveable hairless cat and revels in baking pureed vegetables into muffins to trick her children into eating (and liking) them. You can find her capturing the beautiful moments of her life's chaos and calm on Instagram and Twitter.

How to encourage an attitude of gratitude

Thanksgiving will be celebrated and gone, but how do you encourage an “attitude of gratitude” all year long in your child? Saying “thank you” is certainly part of having excellent manners, but instilling a spirit of thankfulness in your daughter or son is a character trait a step beyond courtesy, and a definite challenge in a consumer world. Daily Mom shares tips on how to foster an everyday appreciation for both tangible and intangible blessings.

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Visiting NYC with a preschooler

New York is the city that never sleeps, but your kids sure do! Daily Mom has advice on how to maximize the fun visiting the “big apple” by day with preschool aged kids. With so much to do in the bustle of the big city, we have a mix of activities and places to go that will please everyone in your family from the sightseers to the thrill seekers and even the nature lovers! Don’t miss out on making memories that will last a lifetime.

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Super Easy Apple Cake

Celebrate fall and a healthy, bountiful autumn fruit: the apple! This super-easy apple cake is a version of a Russian dessert, sharlotka. It is quick, easy, absolutely delicious and free of oil and butter. Pair it with tea on a crisp fall day. Simple to make but not short on taste, this recipe is a sure hit with adults and kids alike!

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Dark Natural Nail Polish for Fall

Looking for a fantastic collection of dark, non-toxic nail polishes this fall, free of known carcinogens found in typical nail polishes? Daily Mom has a rounded up a list of health-conscious, trendy color choices to spice things up with dark tones and compliment your autumn wardrobe. Our non-toxic dark nail polish picks will keep you polished and pretty long after the leaves fall!

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Why your child needs music education

educationIt’s not just about a recital, an adorable, proud bow to the audience, or roses thrown at his or her feet during an encore. Music education has a proven link to improving certain brain functions and skills. Want to increase your child’s abstract reasoning skills, verbal memory and math abilities all while listening to him or her learn to play “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star?” Daily Mom has news that will be music to your ears!

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Halloween Safety

“Trick or treat!?” You’ll hear that again and again as you parade your little goblin or ladybug around the block. Don’t be tricked! Daily Mom has advice that will keep your Halloween as sweet as the candy your kiddo just collected. From helpful safety tips that you may not have thought of to fantastic Halloween-friendly products that we love, we have some “treats” for you!

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How to encourage developing fine motor skills

Maybe you’ve heard the term “fine motor skills.” Knee deep in breastfeeding and diapers, you probably didn’t have too much time to think about what they are and why they are important for your growing child. Fine motor skills are small muscle movements that usually, but not exclusively, involve the hands and eyes working in tandem to perform movements requiring precision. Discover fun and easy ways to encourage developing fine motor skills at home with Daily Mom!

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How to Handle the Know It All Friend

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She’s full of unsolicited advice. This lady thinks that she knows how to live your life better than you do, and offers her pearls of wisdom at every turn. From your relationship with your partner to your finances, career, friends and children, she’s never without something to say. Nearly every sentence she says starts with “my kid would never…” You’re tired of convincing yourself that she means well. She’s opened her mouth and overstepped her bounds again, and it’s time to set her straight before you lose your cool and flip a table in true “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fashion. Sound like someone you know? Learn how to handle your know-it-all friend.

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Channeling the Competitive Kid

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They have the “eye of the tiger,” as the song lyrics say. Your child was born a competitor who strives to be the best at all things at all times, and so help whoever or whatever gets in the way! These traits are strengths when channeled properly, but can pose challenges when your child is pushed, tested and possibly bested by a challenger. Help to direct this determination in positive ways. Whether the contest for your child is in classroom, in the dance studio, the Tae Kwan Do dojo, on the baseball the field, or in a chess match, learn how to channel your competitive kid!

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How to Explain Visual Differences to Kids

You’re at the park and your four year old daughter sees a parent and child with a skin color different than her own. She looks at them, then looks to you and innocently asks, “Why do they look different than me?” Your three year old son is waiting with you at the grocery store checkout line and notices a man in a wheelchair. He points to the wheelchair and directly asks the man, “Why are you sitting in that?” As much as you would probably prefer your child to ask you complicated questions at home, odds are that your little one doesn’t have a filter and this won’t be the case. Your daughter and son mean no harm, but are recognizing visual differences in others and curious about the world around them. Are you prepared for these questions and more like them? How will you answer? Let us help you consider your responses.

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