Making-LoveTalk: Communication Made Easy With Your Spouse

Communication. It’s either pleasant, misunderstood, loving, hurtful, or just down right dirty! Any way you spin it, you have much more control over the conversation than you may realize. Consider how a response to certain words can be controlled through conscious, intentional thoughts, or a fly-by-the mill reaction I’ll-probably-regret-this-later-but-oh-well kind of response. Love talk – it’s keeping it real, honest, respectful, simple, and easy, especially with those you love the most.

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Why I Redshirted My Child

Getting ready to send your baby to kindergarten is an emotional process for both the parents and the child. Many parents with summer or early fall babies, or “early” kindergarteners, often wonder if their child is in fact ready to head off to big kid school. There are many factors that a family may take into account when trying to decide to academically redshirt, or hold back, their child from entering kindergarten when they are of the appropriate age. Their child may not be academically or socially ready, they may be of small stature, or the parents may believe their child will have an advantage if they wait another year. Many experts believe that there is no benefit to academically redshirting children but each parent needs to make the best decision for their family and their child. Below is the story of one mom who decided to redshirt her child, and why she thinks it was their best decision.

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7 Unique Ways to Make the Most of the Summer Before Kindergarten

There is a lot of information out there about kindergarten readiness, or what to do the summer before kindergarten. But what about just enjoying the summer and making the most of the last few months together? The last few months of your babies being babies. (Well, let’s be honest they will be your babies forever). This summer is your last before kindergarten, but before you know it, it will be your last before college. Make it count.

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Top Sports To Help Kids Stay Fit

Child obesity has reached some very alarming heights in the past few years, and it’s the job of every concerned parent to make sure that this doesn’t happen to their kid. Childhood is great because most mistakes can just be wiped off clean with a sponge, given the proper sponge is used. What that means is that even chubby kids can play sports to lose weight and maintain their health. It’s the most effective treatment you’ll find anywhere. In that respect, here are some of the best sports to practice based on the learning curve and how easy it is to get into them.

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Exploring the World with Science: A pH Experiment

Education is the most important tool we can use to change the world around us. In today’s world, science plays a huge part in the future of the world. The sad part is that not all schools promote science in early education. That is why parents should help to bridge the gap and educate our children on the vast world of science. Young children learn by hands-on activities and by naturally exploring their world. Experimentation can help foster their learning. Below is a simple pH experiment to help get things rolling.

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Hot Sex Even After Having 9 Children!

The water is purified in the house, so there’s nothing in the water that is magically producing all these pregnancies. It’s simply straight up, good ‘ol fashioned sex. So you may be thinking, is it really that fun and pleasurable after having nine natural pregnancies and births to still have sex? Absolutely! If you’re thinking it has to do with just our feminine physiques, think again. Whether you are a multi-gal (now we’re talking orgasms), a singleton, or you want to explore the possibilities of making sex hot, fun, and pleasurable this year, you owe it to yourself to at least try over and over and over… again.

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How to Avoid Becoming a Cartoon of Yourself

With motherhood comes new pressures, habits, and stress. How you manage those stressors can often define who you are, both internally and to those around you. Before kids, you may have said “I’ll never do X” or “I can’t believe Suzy does Y”.  We’ve all met moms who have become stereotypes, but few people intentionally want to embody those roles.

The quick infographic below demonstrates some of the most common stereotypes mom’s interact with. Is there anyone you recognize?

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Exploring the World With Science: Water Cycle

Water is all around us. It affects every facet of our lives. We need water for survival; 80% of our bodies are made of water. But where does water come from? The warming of spring and summer provides the perfect time to get out and explore the water around us. While we are enjoying the lazy days on the lake or the rushing waves of the ocean, stop to take a few minutes to educate your little one on the importance of water and where it comes from.

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9 Signs That You Need A New Mattress

There are some big purchases that we all have to make. Some things are just necessities, and even though we might not like opening our wallet up for these big ticket items, at some point we have to do so. One of those purchases is a mattress. You have to sleep, and unless you want to start sleeping on the floor, you need a mattress. Here’s the problem many of us have when it comes to mattresses: we don’t know when to buy a new one. We hold onto an old mattress long past its usefulness, and we suffer because of this. Mattresses aren’t designed to last forever, and just like everything else in our world, technology is making mattresses smarter and more comfortable. As parents, we already are lacking in the sleep department. Make the sleep you do get count by replacing your mattress. Not sure if you need to start shopping for a new bed? Here are nine signs it is time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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Gifts for the Active and Outdoor Dad: Father’s Day 2017

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift for the special one in your life can often feel like a daunting task — but it doesn’t have to be! For the dad who would rather spend his time being active or enjoying the outdoors, we’ve got you covered on the perfect gift ideas just for them. From must-have workout gear to convenient baby carriers, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks that he will love and actually use this year!

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The Daily Mom Father’s Day Unboxing and Giveaway 2017

Father’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! If you’re like us, you are still trying to decide what to get for the dads in your life. Let’s face it, dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, and because of that, they often end up with some classically boring and predictable gifts like socks and ties. We can do better than that. We can thrill every dad on our shopping list this year with a gift that is unexpected and will be well loved. Think outside the tie box and explore some new Father’s Day gift options by joining Daily Mom for our first ever Father’s Day Unboxing. We’ve got all the details below to set you on the path to totally nailing your shopping for Dad this year.

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Unique Gifts: Father’s Day 2017

Finding that perfect gift for Father’s Day can be tricky. Some dads already have everything, while others are just too picky, and some you just want to seek out that perfect gift that you just know he’ll love. Whatever the reason, we’ve compiled a list of unique Father’s Day gifts that your Dad is sure to love. Our list is complete, including awesome strollers, a unique take on the Bible, the perfect pillow, and super fun socks that will make any dad happy this Father’s Day.

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Johnny & Loni, Dynamic Racing Duo To Keep Young Drivers Safe

The summer driving season is fast approaching, and that means more young drivers will be on the roads than any other time of the year. If you are a parent, are you concerned about distracted driving or about your loved ones letting you know when they’ve arrived safely at their destination? We completely understand! That’s why we have teamed up with a dynamic duo, Johnny and Loni Unser, a father-daughter team of professional race cars drivers, to discuss driving and safety advice as well as the latest technology helping empower and educate young drivers.

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Top Gifts For Dad: Father’s Day 2017

The fathers in our lives are our very own homegrown heroes. Whether they are working long hours and then coaching baseball, pretending to be Darth Vader, or wearing a crown at a tea party, dad’s deserve to be celebrated for all they do. Rarely asking for accolades, all of our fathers work tirelessly for their families and make us feel safe and secure. Dad’s come in all different shapes and sizes, and whether the father figure in your family has an outgoing and exuberant personality or a quiet and understated demeanor, we have compiled some of the Top Gifts this year, ensuring you will find the perfect present this Father’s Day.

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Redefining Exercise With Figure8

If there’s not one million and one things to do, someone is asking you to do seven more things on top of that, all within the next hour! The last thing you want to do to start to lose weight with everything else going on is exercise. We get it. If we can give you the best advice, then don’t exercise! That’s boring. Instead, get a strong, sexy core without doing one sit-up or crunch while toning your arms, butt, and legs with Latin DanceSport, Jaana Kunitz. Experience the easiest eight to fifteen minutes you have in between your chaotic schedule (because we ALL really do have 8-15 minutes with the 10-minute abs workout; just time yourself going through Facebook feeds). Good; once you have that mapped out, you don’t even have to leave your bedroom; use a smartphone, tablet, iPad, or your computer, and roll those juicy hips of yours to the exciting and fun rhythm of the Figure 8 fitness program – we mean, who doesn’t want a sexy strong core, eliminating the belly fat after having some babies?

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