Emily Ringo

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I am a Cincinnati girl, born and raised. After a brief hiatus to attend the University of South Carolina (go Cocks!), my husband and I moved back home with a 1 year old in tow (she's now 10!). Since then, we have added three more kiddos to our family (ages 6, 4 and 2), and I am lucky enough to hang out with them all day. We love reading, getting crafty, and making huge messes that we will definitely clean up...tomorrow. When I'm not surrounded by children, I dabble in exercise, enjoy reading a good book, and can frequently be found binging on Netflix with my favorite guy. About a year ago, a Pinterest “I can do that!” project painting little superheroes for my son turned into an Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/woolyllama) which I manage to run in my “free time”. I may be slightly sleep deprived, but I wouldn't trade a minute of my crazy, busy, wonderful life!

Beyond the Doodle – 20 Fun Ways to Play with Sidewalk Chalk

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If there is one thing my kids look forward to every summer it is this - our annual trip to Target to buy a brand new box of sidewalk chalk, the biggest we can...

Lighten Your Load – Chore Ideas for Kids of All Ages

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I don't know how things go in your house, but almost inevitably with the approach of summer comes an increase in the level of mess. Between spring sports, school trips, and assorted end of...

My Kid is a Grump – Surviving Life With a Fussy Baby

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  Our first baby was pretty easy, so far as babies go. Sure, she cried, but she also smiled, and giggled, and cooed. Then came Number Two, who started fussing around week 3 and didn't stop...

Eight Signs You May Be an Unreasonable Parent

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My husband and I are frequently accused of so-called unreasonable parenting. Not by our peers, but by those self-proclaimed experts who bear the brunt of our irrational rules and regulations – our children. Whether...

The Battle Over Breakfast (and Lunch, and Dinner)

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It is not that unusual for a child to be a picky eater. According to a 2015 study by the scientific journal Pediatrics, more than 20 percent of children ages 2 to 6 can...

5 Reasons I LOVE My Smartphone

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Smartphones get a lot of bad press. Apparently, not only do they make me a terrible parent, but they have the potential to turn my children into psychotic little technology craving junkies (their words,...

Are We There Yet? Surviving a Road Trip with Children

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I love vacations. The anticipation, the planning, the prep, and, of course, the fun fun FUN. However, without fail, one thing threatens to spoil it all. Road trip. Hours and hours spent in a...

Teaching Our Children to Care

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These past few months have been difficult. It seems every day we wake up to some new tragedy, some new horrific display of hate, some new senseless act of violence. There is a part...

You Don’t Want to be Me

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My son was a peanut when he was born. Six pounds, nineteen inches of pint sized perfection. And then he grew. And grew. And grew. At four weeks old he was approaching the top...

Bye Bye Baby

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A few weeks ago, my strong willed, fiercely independent two year old decided she was finished wearing diapers. As in “I not wearing diapers. I wearing underoos.” At no point in the preceeding two years...