Amy Stine

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Is It Anxiety or Does My Child Just Have Big Emotions?

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It should've been obvious to me when my son was 4 years old that he had anxiety. I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know exactly what it was. He was so overwhelmed...
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I Was a Helicopter Mom (and Didn’t Even Know It)

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I never in a million years thought that I would be a helicopter mom. In my pre-kid life I was an Academic Advisor at The University of Texas. I advised new college students about...

30 Easy April Fools’ (& Easter) Pranks

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I can't believe that April Fools' Day is already around the corner. It's the best day of the year for pranks, but this year it also happens to fall on Easter Sunday. That makes...

The Pre PreTeen Years: A Different Kind of Love

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My daughter is almost nine years old. N-I-N-E.  She is strong, independent, funny, smart, and caring. She doesn't need help picking out clothes, brushing her hair, reading books, or really doing much of anything. I'm not...
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When You Feel Like A Parenting Failure

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We were cooped up in the house for what felt like weeks, although in reality, it was probably only a few days. It wasn't anything dramatic other than a simple virus, but being stuck...
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We Ditched Screen Time (and it’s Awesome!)

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As a young kid, I grew up playing Atari video games (Pitfall and Frogger, anyone?) with my brother nonstop. I also spent endless hours in front of the TV watching game shows and reruns...
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A Letter To My Pre-Mom Self

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Dearest Pre-Mom Self, I hope you're kicking back with a People magazine on the couch as you read this (as you should be). As I remember, the only stressors you have in life are whether...
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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

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If you're anything like me, you've probably done most of your Christmas shopping already, but maybe you've left the stocking stuffers until the very end. And if you're also like me, the last thing...
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My Kids Are Accident Prone (and It’s My Fault)

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On a normal day, at least one or more of my children trips and falls before 8am. Sometimes they literally fall out of their chairs while eating breakfast. (I'm still not sure how this...
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Where To Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

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If you watch the news, then you may have heard about the possible Christmas tree shortage this year. There is a shortage, but I can tell you that there are a lot of places...