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A Single Dad Diary Success Story: Cleaning Up His Room

In the past, I've shared my challenge in getting my 7 year-old's room cleaned up.  The biggest problem was his love for art and hundreds of drawings spread around the house. 

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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You’ll Hear These Kid Comments On Your Memorial Day Weekend Road Trip

It's more than just, "Are we there yet?"  That usually starts in the driveway, and there a dozen other comments and questions that can take the steam out of our Memorial Day Weekend road trips just as quickly.  Here are some of the best zingers from the back seat that stress out parents.

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Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale Saves Parents Big Bucks

Oh, parents, don't we know it.  Pants that fit our 6-year-olds last week are high waters this week because we fed them some carrots and blueberries. Kids grow like weeds, and that can mean we're buying new clothes every time we turn around, which gets expensive in a hurry.

Idaho's Largest Garage Sale will be a great place to shop and save some money this weekend.

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The School Year is Ending. Do You Toss The Kids’ Artwork?

It's always a dilemma for parents.

Kids create art from the heart all year long in school, and although you've trashed some of it here and there, the end-of-the-year stack takes some consideration because there is guilt involved.  Keep it or junk it?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Mother’s Day Is a Great Time to Celebrate Uniqueness

Happy Mother's Day!  Got a quirky mom?  This weekend we're celebrating the quirks, the playfulness, the discipline, the organization, and thoughtfulness, and the love.

And the most important things our moms have ever done for us.  Here's mine.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Not All Spring Flower Pictures Turn Out Great

It's the time of year in Idaho when a wildflower patch can draw dozens of freshly bathed kids in their cutest clothes, along with those amazing parents-of-the-year armed with high tech zoom lenses ready to upload the photos to online scrapbooks right away to share with Grandma and Grandpa in Poughkeepsie.  And then there are the rest of us.  This was kind of a disaster. 

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This Web Show is Moving to Idaho

Get a group of moms together, and we can chat it up!  This popular web-based show just announced it's moving to Idaho.  Have you seen it?

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Idaho Is One of the Safest Places to Live

Do you have much crime in your neighborhood?  I don't.  We're pretty fortunate to be in one of the safest states in the country.  But should we worry more?

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How Tall Will Our Kids Will Be?

Are you curious how tall your 7-year old will be when she grows up?  Me too.

I think Finley may grow up to be taller than I am. Here's how we can figure it out!

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Throw Out My Son’s Art?

I have arrived at one of those parenting conundrums and I need your help.  My 7 year-old son LOVES drawing.  He does great art...BUT...there's becoming too much of it. 

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