Our biggest summer goals at the Loft are to help kids discover the power of storytelling and to inspire a love of writing and reading in them!  It is a brand-new summer term at the Loft! We have an all-new...
Fall in the Twin Cities is something special, and there's always something fun to do! We wanted to make it easy for you and your family to find something to do, so we brought all of November's activities together...
I remember it clearly. It was the middle of the night. I had just finished a doozy of a diaper change. He was lying there just chillin’ on the fuzzy brown carpet, his tender face aglow from the lamp...
Ages 0-2: The Early Visits  There’s not much of a need to see a dentist or worry about your child’s teeth before they first emerge. If you’re really concerned, a warm, damp towel can be used to wipe down their gums...
Every Friday it was the same. Take the kids to school. Rush home to do all the things I didn't get to finish during the week; laundry, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum and dust. Then I'd rush back out to...
After decades of increasing, the childhood obesity rate is starting to level off. However, the rate is still alarmingly high. Did you know that 1 in 3 children aged 10-17 are considered obese? Childhood overweight/obesity is regarded as the most...
I’ve always known that parenting was going to be hard. Seasoned parents are often quick to point out this reality with new parents. But I figured that if I read enough parenting books, applied the tips of others and...

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I was homeschooled during those dreaded middle school years. I heard they were rough. I got to completely bypass them as I was homeschooled for three years during that whole timeframe of my life. I played sports at the...
Chances are you've already kissed a boo-boo or two this summer.  Or maybe you've already made a trip to the ER.  As a mama to three boys ages six and under, I am no stranger to boo-boos and stitches. It...
It seems like every week I hear another local news story warning about ticks and the diseases they carry- Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Just today I heard about a new type of tick- the Lone Star tick- making...
We have partnered with BodyArmor™ to introduce you to their new line of hydration beverages. While this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% our own. We are quickly becoming a soccer family. This year, our oldest has actually played...
Someone once told me the days are long, but the years are short.  By someone, I mean literally every mother I've ever met. My daughter turns two next month, and I'm going to say something revolutionary: these have been two loooong years. That's...
Dear Greyson, My sweet, sweet happy boy. Oh how I love you, and I want to keep life simple and pure for you forever. As I watch you begin life’s rites of passages... crawling, talking, walking, soon kindergarten and eventually...

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Every since our children were little, we established with them that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone.  They controlled who they allowed to give them hugs and kisses. We never demanded that they either accept or give any type...

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The 7 Stages of Driving to the Cabin

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I had packed in record time while my two three-year-old boys—Cooper & Quincy—and my four-year-old daughter—Miloh—buzzed around me with excitement. Long ago, I had...
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