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Triangle Parents & Experts Share Their Thoughts

Parenting is a joy, a struggle, a sometimes nerve-wracking and exhausting journey filled with laughter, tears and special moments. Where would we be without friends who share their stories and listen to ours? Life in the Triangle with kids offers a multitude of possibilities. Whether you're looking for fun places to visit with your tot or ways to get exercise with kids outdoors, you'll find answers here. Our bloggers will make you laugh and remember your own stories. And they invite you to share them in every blog.


Carolina Parent Daily Post

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.

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.

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.

Contests and Giveaways

Enter our contests and giveaways to win great prizes.

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——to learn more.

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 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.

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.

Guest Bloggers

See what parent bloggers near and afar are talking about.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Movie Reviews

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Frugal Family

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

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.

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.

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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