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Odile Fredericks is mom to two and Carolina Parent's web editor. Look in Daily Post for family fun in the Triangle, especially freebies, as well as opinions and news that matters to local parents. She welcomes your comments. Check our home page on Thursdays to see her weekend fun planner.

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Beth Shugg, is editor of Carolina Parent and mom to two boys and one girl who keep her on the go.

Books, Bytes and Bits

Beth Shugg is editor at Carolina Parent magazine and mom to two boys and one girl who keep her on the go. She loves to read and play with iPhone apps in her spare time, and will share "Books, Bytes and Bits" of information with you each month in her blog posts that expand on what we cover in our magazine.

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Gain tips to help you achieve balance between your work and home life.

Work-Life Balance

Triangle families stay busy. This blog offers tips and advice that will help you achieve balance between your work and home life so you can focus on what's most important: family.

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Enter to win great prizes through our contests and giveaways.

Contests and Giveaways

Enter our contests and giveaways to win great prizes.

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The College Transitions Team (from left): Dave Bergman, Andrew Belasco and Michael Trivette.

College Transitions

College Transitions is a team of college planning experts committed to guiding families through the college admissions process. As counselors and published higher education researchers, we aim to bring perspective (and some sanity) to college planning, and we strive to provide students with the support they need to enroll and succeed at a college that is right for them. Please visit our website—www.collegetransitions.com—to learn more.

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Jennifer Durbin

The Clueless Chick

Jennifer Durbin is a working mother of two and author of the Tips forThe Clueless Chick book series. Through her books and www.CluelessChick.com Jennifer brings you all of the tips and tricks you need to uncomplicate everything from planning a party to planning for a new baby. Jennifer received her MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, has a successful career in IT and runs a popular event design business in Raleigh.

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Leah Friedman is a mother of two and a professional organizer, who owns Raleigh Green Gables.

Get Organized

Leah Friedman is a mother of two and a professional organizer, who owns Raleigh Green Gables. She works with clients to help them clear the space to be in deeper relationships with themselves, their loves and their lives. And, yes, she lives what she preaches at home with a clean playroom, a clothes closet organized by color and an empty attic.

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Guest Bloggers

See what parent bloggers near and afar are talking about.

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Publisher's Note

Carolina Parent publisher Brenda Larson is mom to a teenage daughter, which sometimes explains the exasperated sigh. She enjoys her work with the amazing team at Carolina Parent and welcomes your comments and suggestions about the magazine and Web site any time.

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Fit Family

Our Fit Family blog focuses on healthy family lifestyles and highlights the 2014 Fit Family Challenge, which took place April 15-June 9, 2014, and was sponsored by Coca-Cola. During the challenge, famlies set goals, tracked healthy habits online and logged weekly minutes of activity to win prizes. Read this blog for healthy tips, recipes and exercises.

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Courtney Haswell is the blogger behind the website, Family Gone Healthy, which follows her family's journey to cutting out processed food and eating clean.

Clean Eating

Courtney Haswell is the blogger behind the website, Family Gone Healthy, which follows her family's journey to cutting out processed food and eating clean. She is a biomedical engineer by day and has two young daughters, ages 1 and 4. She lives in Morrisville and enjoys zumba and bicycling.

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Andrea Fisher is a marketer, movie lover, and content specialist for 4tv.

Movies for Children

Andrea Fisher is a writer, movie lover, and content specialist for 4tv. She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider. Check out more of her tips @andreafisher007.

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Tony Delmedico, LMFT, is a fully engaged co-parent for 5 (five!) girls ages 10 to 16.

Go Ask Your Dad

Tony Delmedico is a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in North Raleigh. He is a fully engaged co-parent for five girls ages 12 to 17 and can be found at www.TonyDelmedico.com.

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Valerie DeLoach is a mom of two amazing kids who married a dad with two equally amazing kids. She blogs about her experiences in a blended family.

Blended Family Finesse

Valerie DeLoach is a mom of two amazing kids who married a dad with two equally amazing kids. She blogs about her experiences in a blended family while sometimes reminiscing about lessons learned in her former life as a single mom. She is currently working on a book on successful co-parenting. Visit her blog at ournewpartyofsix.com.

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Hot Topics for parents blog

Hot Topics

Stay abreast of changes that affect your tots, tweens and teens in the Triangle. From national trends to local stories, you'll find important updates and opinions here.

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Heba Salama is excited to be sharing her journey from infertility through her first year of motherhood candidly.

Snapshot of a First-time Mom

Heba Salama is a Family Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer in Chapel Hill. She also was one of the winners on Season 6 of NBC's Biggest Loser alongside her husband, Ed Brantley.  She is excited to be sharing her journey from infertility through her first year of motherhood candidly. Heba and Ed reside in Chapel Hill, with their first baby, a  Beagle, Sammy.

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Movie Reviews

Ready to head to the movies? Find out what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen before you head out.

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Joy Goggles

Cara McLauchlan celebrates the simple joys of life in her blog, Joy Goggles. It's a chance to look at our days through "Joy Goggles" and discover the beauty in ordinary moments.

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Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters! is written by clinical staff at the The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood in Cary, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency providing children's mental health services in the Triangle. The Center is devoted to promoting the healthy emotional development of young children through its preschool and kindergarten programs, mental health services, and outreach programs including Lucy's Book Club.

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Surburban Rebel Mom

Brittany is the mom of three rambunctious boys. If you liked this blog and wish to read more stories about her perspective as a mom, please visit her personal blog at Suburban Rebel Mom.

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Southern MOMentum

Southern MOMentum is a collaboration of sleep-deprived, Gen X gals who started out as friends and became grounded together in a wonderfully, challenging journey called motherhood ... some Southern by birth and others, transplants, who fell in love with front porch swings and sweet tea. Each mom contributes her unique blend of witty, realistic approaches by encouraging moms to put away their SuperMom cape and enjoy the journey of motherhood!

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Healthy Living from UNC

Heathy Living is written by practitioners at UNC Family Medicine Center (FMC), who understand how important your pregnancy, birth experience and the first years of your child's life are to you and to your family. FMC's Maternal and Child Health Program offers evidence-based and family-friendly prenatal care, personalized care during labor and delivery, and early childhood pediatric care.

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Frugal Family

Tough times demand creative solutions. Our goal? Live better with less. CarolinaParent.com's staff brings you easy ways to save on products and services for kids, moms and dads in our Frugal Family blog.

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Lady of the House

Writer and blogger Sharon O'Donnell shares her humorous insights on being a mom and wife. Her blog, "Lady of the House," refers to the moms in every house who experience the challenges and rewards of motherhood, as well as of being a woman.

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Caitlin Dunlevy is a new mom, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutrition specialist.

Fit Mom

Caitlin Dunlevy is a new mom, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutrition specialist. Since moving to North Carolina in 2012, she has started her own business called Tuff Mother, and she also works at the YMCA in downtown Raleigh. Her passion lies in helping others live a healthier lifestyle. Caitlin and her husband, daughter and dog reside in Raleigh.

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Summer Stories

Carolina Parent  celebrated the warm weather season of lazy days, vacation getaways, new friends and discoveries with our "My Summer Stories" campaign. We invited readers to tell us a great summer memory for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Congratulations to our winner, Lori Long for her post, "A Walk on the Beach." The contest has ended, but you can still read the submissions here.

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Big Days Ahead

July 30, 2014 3:51 pm
Written by: Beth Shugg

This month, in the spirit of our back-to-school-themed issue, which is now available on newsstands and for digital download on our website, I decided to ...Read More
This month, in the spirit of our back-to-school-themed issue, which is now available on newsstands and for digital download on our website, I decided to ...Read More
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NCAA Settlement Moves Toward Protecting Student Athletes

July 30, 2014 11:11 am
Written by: Odile Fredericks

If you’re the parent of a child who plays high school football, ice hockey, soccer or lacrosse, you often are faced with a dilemma—let your ...Read More
If you’re the parent of a child who plays high school football, ice hockey, soccer or lacrosse, you often are faced with a dilemma—let your ...Read More
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Low Test Scores? These Colleges Don't Care

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm
Written by: Andrew Belasco

In the past few years, and increasing number of selective colleges and universities have adopted test-optional policies, no longer requiring students to submit their standardized ...Read More
In the past few years, and increasing number of selective colleges and universities have adopted test-optional policies, no longer requiring students to submit their standardized ...Read More
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Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Museum’s Animals!

July 29, 2014 11:26 am
Written by: Odile Fredericks

What better way to spend a summer day than sharing a watermelon with black bears, ring-tailed lemurs and farmyard animals? On Friday, Aug. 1, the ...Read More
What better way to spend a summer day than sharing a watermelon with black bears, ring-tailed lemurs and farmyard animals? On Friday, Aug. 1, the ...Read More
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Triangle Businesses Team Up to Help Kids’ Causes

July 27, 2014 7:39 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Can fun and philanthropy go hand in glove? Can a haircut help families stay close to their children who are hospitalized even when they are ...Read More
Can fun and philanthropy go hand in glove? Can a haircut help families stay close to their children who are hospitalized even when they are ...Read More
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Weekend Summer Fun: Mermaids, Pirates, Ice Cream Getaway!

July 23, 2014 9:58 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

The pleasures of summer are here. Fireflies light the twilight hours and children dream of fishing, mermaids and pirates. This weekend, venues across the Triangle ...Read More
The pleasures of summer are here. Fireflies light the twilight hours and children dream of fishing, mermaids and pirates. This weekend, venues across the Triangle ...Read More
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How Much Exercise Should Your Child Be Getting?

July 23, 2014 10:39 am
Written by: Ryan Fahey

We all know we should—and we all know we can—but are we really maximizing our children's physical activity time? We tend to think of our ...Read More
We all know we should—and we all know we can—but are we really maximizing our children's physical activity time? We tend to think of our ...Read More
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Who's in Charge?

July 22, 2014 8:04 pm
Written by: Madelon Sheff

As a mother and former teacher, I am interested in how to nurture children. As a result of employing Maddy's Management Methods, my own kids ...Read More
As a mother and former teacher, I am interested in how to nurture children. As a result of employing Maddy's Management Methods, my own kids ...Read More
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Water Circus From Italy Comes to Durham Aug. 15-17

July 22, 2014 5:36 pm
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Cirque Italia, a circus from Italy, will be in Durham Aug. 15-17, offering an unusual twist on circus performances—water-infused entertainment.As performers move through their acts, ...Read More
Cirque Italia, a circus from Italy, will be in Durham Aug. 15-17, offering an unusual twist on circus performances—water-infused entertainment.As performers move through their acts, ...Read More
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Report Ranks North Carolina 34th in the Nation for Child Well-Being

July 22, 2014 12:14 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

How are North Carolina’s children faring compared with kids in the rest of the nation? The 2014 Kids Count Data Book, a report that looks ...Read More
How are North Carolina’s children faring compared with kids in the rest of the nation? The 2014 Kids Count Data Book, a report that looks ...Read More
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Girl Power: Five of Disney's Most Empowering Female Leads

July 22, 2014 10:52 am
Written by: Andrea Fisher

By now, you've likely seen—or at least heard hit songs from—the mega-hit Frozen. The Disney film sold more than 3 million Blu-ray and DVD copies ...Read More
By now, you've likely seen—or at least heard hit songs from—the mega-hit Frozen. The Disney film sold more than 3 million Blu-ray and DVD copies ...Read More
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Win Tickets to See North Carolina Theatre's Production of 'The Little Mermaid'

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm
Written by: Carolyn Caggia

Thank you for sharing your comments for a chance to win. This contest has ended. Congratulations to Kristin Smale of Willow Spring, who is the ...Read More
Thank you for sharing your comments for a chance to win. This contest has ended. Congratulations to Kristin Smale of Willow Spring, who is the ...Read More
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Chick-fil-A and Durham Bulls Offer Free Deals to Help Kids

July 20, 2014 8:20 pm
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Enjoy two free deals this week designed to help Triangle kids in need have food to eat and books to read during the summer, while ...Read More
Enjoy two free deals this week designed to help Triangle kids in need have food to eat and books to read during the summer, while ...Read More
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Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants Good for NC

July 18, 2014 2:03 pm
Written by: Gayatri Ankem

Health experts, labor and industry leaders and environmental advocates will speak at a “citizen hearing” in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, July 22, 5:30-8 p.m. in ...Read More
Health experts, labor and industry leaders and environmental advocates will speak at a “citizen hearing” in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, July 22, 5:30-8 p.m. in ...Read More
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3 Simple Ways to Create a Work/Play Balance

July 17, 2014 10:25 pm
Written by: Cindy Saleeby Goulding, MS, LPC, NCC, CPT, CWC

Have you ever felt that there are just not enough hours in a day? Do you feel depleted at the end of the day, and ...Read More
Have you ever felt that there are just not enough hours in a day? Do you feel depleted at the end of the day, and ...Read More
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Jubilee Music Festival, Family Shows, Art & Nature Fun

July 17, 2014 2:06 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend, Triangle families can soak in live gospel and blues music at the Jubilee Music Festival at Historic Stagville in Durham, July 19, noon-4:30 ...Read More
This weekend, Triangle families can soak in live gospel and blues music at the Jubilee Music Festival at Historic Stagville in Durham, July 19, noon-4:30 ...Read More
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9/11 Never Forget Traveling Exhibit Comes to Raleigh

July 16, 2014 12:23 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

The "9/11 Never Forget" traveling exhibit comes to Raleigh for three days this month offering Triangle children and parents unique insight into the Sept. 11, ...Read More
The "9/11 Never Forget" traveling exhibit comes to Raleigh for three days this month offering Triangle children and parents unique insight into the Sept. 11, ...Read More
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School Supply Drive to Help Durham Classrooms

July 15, 2014 1:50 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

If your child attends a traditional-schedule school, is it too early to start thinking about school supplies? Many Durham businesses and other organizations don’t think ...Read More
If your child attends a traditional-schedule school, is it too early to start thinking about school supplies? Many Durham businesses and other organizations don’t think ...Read More
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One More Chance to Win in Our Fit Family Challenge

July 15, 2014 1:07 pm
Written by: Carolina Parent Staff

Good news for our Fit Family Challenge participants: There's still ONE more chance to win great prizes! We hope you enjoyed this year's Fit Family ...Read More
Good news for our Fit Family Challenge participants: There's still ONE more chance to win great prizes! We hope you enjoyed this year's Fit Family ...Read More
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Colleges for the "B" Student

July 15, 2014 11:29 am
Written by: Andrew Belasco

Listening to the mainstream media, one might conclude that getting into college has never been a more competitive or harrowing venture. With the exception of ...Read More
Listening to the mainstream media, one might conclude that getting into college has never been a more competitive or harrowing venture. With the exception of ...Read More
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Tips for Stress-Free Transition to Kindergarten

July 14, 2014 3:39 pm
Written by: Lynn Rasmussen and Neesha Mirchandani

Kindergarten has changed, as has the world around us. Children use smart boards and iPads, and teachers cope with pressures that simply didn't exist 20 ...Read More
Kindergarten has changed, as has the world around us. Children use smart boards and iPads, and teachers cope with pressures that simply didn't exist 20 ...Read More
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Summer is Time to Clean Out Toys

July 14, 2014 1:04 pm
Written by: Leah Friedman

Let's be honest. Summer break can drive us parents nuts. Everyone is out of their routine, and, younger children, especially, don't understand why there is ...Read More
Let's be honest. Summer break can drive us parents nuts. Everyone is out of their routine, and, younger children, especially, don't understand why there is ...Read More
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July Park Programs Invite Kids to Learn About Nature

July 13, 2014 8:06 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

If your children are out of school for the summer or if they are homeschooled, July is a perfect month to explore nature in the ...Read More
If your children are out of school for the summer or if they are homeschooled, July is a perfect month to explore nature in the ...Read More
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Weekend Fun: Nature Activities, Family Shows, Free N.C. Festival

July 10, 2014 1:28 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend get ready for a range of family fun. Soak in N.C. culture at the Duke Homestead in Durham Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., when ...Read More
This weekend get ready for a range of family fun. Soak in N.C. culture at the Duke Homestead in Durham Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., when ...Read More
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Jumpstart Your College Application This Summer

July 10, 2014 11:44 am
Written by: Dave Bergman

Whether your summer plans involve flipping burgers, lounging at the shore, or obsessively watching every World Cup game, we recommend five simple steps that won't ...Read More
Whether your summer plans involve flipping burgers, lounging at the shore, or obsessively watching every World Cup game, we recommend five simple steps that won't ...Read More
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