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Bethany Prange

Finding Small Joys During These Trying Times

Last night should have been like any other night. My son and I ate dinner together, played and settled in to watch television before bed. But last night, in the middle of what should have been one of his favorite parts of the day – TV time – he looked up at me with a……

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Parents Do The Best They Can During Crisis

As I thought about what to write for this column, I promised myself I would write about anything but Covid-19. Because my full-time job is in digital marketing and public relations, I spend a large portion of every day with one eye on the news cycle. This week in particular, I’ve spend a lot of……

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Entertaining Kindergarteners Is No Job For Kids

by Bethany Prange A good friend and I were recently commiserating about the long-lost days of sleeping in on the weekends. My friend, a 40-something mom to an almost three-year-old, went on to bemoan the fact that on a recent Saturday, she awoke to a puzzle being shoved in her face by her all-too-chipper daughter…….

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Embracing The Weird: Teaching Kids It Is Okay To Be Different

If you ever look at your kid and think, “my Lord this child is weird,” take heart. Spend just 20 minutes on Facebook scanning posts from other parents – or read one of my columns – and you’ll quickly learn it’s not just yours. They’re all weird. Honestly, who can blame them? They’re new to……

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Kids Can Lead The Way In Raising Money

Last weekend, my husband ran to the local farm supply store to grab an extension cord for the garage. He came home instead with two boxes of Lemon Ups and one box of Thin Mints. When I asked what happened, he grinned sheepishly and said, “the Girl Scouts ambushed me.” I giggled to myself, imagining……

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Inspiring Joy Is Worth The Work

The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day are always a little befuddling. The kids are on break, work schedules are off kilter, and the house, well, it looks like a Lego truck crashed into a store stocked with Ritz crackers and wrapping paper. And let’s be honest – we don’t even care. Ambition level……

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Handling An Impossible Wish List From Your Little Darlings

by Bethany Prange Like many families these days, my husband and I have to make some adjustments to have a traditional Christmas morning with both our boys. Our older son, now 13, is only with us for a week at Thanksgiving. So when he was young, the Elf on the Shelf left a note saying……

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Every Mom Is Crazy About A Sharp Dressed Young Man

It’s Tuesday, October-something and I blew it. We’re not even halfway through the school year and I already threw in the towel. Did I forget to pack his lunch when the tray offering was something “gross”? No, that happened on week three. Did I accidentally forget to completely empty the homework folder? Once! One time and I got……

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Brutal Honesty Is A Weapon In Kids’ Arsenal

by Bethany Prange Kids are good at a lot of things. Dropped your phone into a tiny crevice and your annoyingly large adult hands won’t fit? No worries! Your kid’s itty bitty hands will slide right in and nab it. Got all adult-y and started to think dandelions are just a noxious weed? Get a……

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Preparing For School Is Harder On Moms

by Bethany Prange I once drove to a farm field in the middle of nowhere Missouri, got into a small biplane literally held together with duct tape, and then trusted a complete stranger when he hurled both of us out of the plane at 14,000 feet. Still, I felt more emotionally, physically and mentally prepared……

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