Kids and Conflict
16 May
2016
By Natalie Rea

Kids and Conflict »

If your child is a peacemaker, and a people-pleaser, he or she may have a hard time saying "no". One mom's story of how she deals.

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Balance
9 May
2016
By Natalie Rea

Balance »

I want my girls to gauge their lives' success not on their title, paycheque, or achievements, but on their level of happiness. So now I try to model that for them.

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Your “Village”
2 May
2016
By Natalie Rea

Your “Village” »

An ancient African proverb reads: 'It takes a village to raise a child'. Surrounded by a supportive, strong community (or village!), no mother has to do it alone.

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The Importance of Outdoor Play
25 Apr
2016
By Natalie Rea

The Importance of Outdoor Play »

I believe active, outdoor play is integral to a healthy childhood, & I want my kids to learn through doing. Scraped knees, dirty nails, & many stories to tell!

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Summer Fashion Woes
18 Apr
2016
By Natalie Rea

Summer Fashion Woes »

Raising teens and tweens comes with many types of challenges, including differing opinions on what clothes and clothing styles are acceptable. Right now, I'm dealing with "short" shorts.

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My First College Drop-Off
11 Apr
2016
By Natalie Rea

My First College Drop-Off »

Reading about kids receiving college acceptance letters this week makes me think of me and my eldest daughter, when she chose a university 19 hours from home.

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Teenagers
4 Apr
2016
By Natalie Rea

Teenagers »

If you take the time to get to know some, you’ll see that teenagers are just people. People who haven’t been around long, but people like us in every other way.

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Nature vs. Nurture – Our Kids Are Who They Are
28 Mar
2016
By Natalie Rea

Nature vs. Nurture – Our Kids Are Who They Are »

I never put much stock in the Nature vs. Nurture debate until after I had kids. It was immediately apparent to me that my kids simply were who they were.

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My Reasons Why
21 Mar
2016
By Natalie Rea

My Reasons Why »

I recently started a fitness and healthy-eating regime. It is my goal to get back to fit! These are my reasons why.

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Teaching Kids to Handle Conflict & Bullying
7 Mar
2016
By Natalie Rea

Teaching Kids to Handle Conflict & Bullying »

Although I want to be able to protect my kids from other kids, at the end of the day, I know it’s best just to arm them with as much self-confidence and as many social tools as they need in order to navigate the choppy waters of youth. I was on both sides...

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Mom Allies
29 Feb
2016
By Natalie Rea

Mom Allies »

One thing I’ve discovered over my 19+ years of parenting is that it’s important to have allies. Allies in the form of friends and family who “have your back”. Sometimes an ally comes in the form of your child’s friend’s parent, forming naturally by virtue of the amount of time you spend with the same people. Other...

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