When Do Kids Start Preschool?

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What parents need to know about the age that kids start school and what milestones are necessary to start preschool. Parenthood brings along with it some tough decisions in a new world that most aren’t prepared for. I’ve found myself entirely lost since day one! Aside from bringing a baby home from the hospital and secretly having no clue what I’m doing as I looked around at all the medical professionals surrounding me with happy smiles and well wishes on my way home, the other scariest moment of child-rearing was deciding if my son was ready for school. I know you might be full of lots of questions right now and I hope to provide a little comfort and direction at this time as we navigate the following question: What age do kids start school? 

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Four Thanksgiving Menu Ideas For Thanksgiving Dinner 2020 + Grilled Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Your Thanksgiving dinner might look a little different this year, as some family members might opt to stay home and social distance. A smaller Thanksgiving dinner can mean rethinking your menu and recipes, giving you an opportunity to try out new ideas and recipes. Or, you might be opting to cook your first Thanksgiving dinner for your family and hosting your first potluck Friendsgiving. Break tradition and go for dishes that lend themselves to an intimate Thanksgiving holiday, giving you more time to spend with your loved ones and more options to flex your culinary muscles with a break from the typical Thanksgiving dinner.

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Singles Day Today

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Today is National Singles Day! A special holiday that acknowledges single people while promoting self-care and some awesome shopping deals. For the past week, Zulily contributors have been delivering thoughtful content for our Spotlight Series: Supporting Single Mothers Everywhere. We discussed motherhood, coping and pregnancy and today we’re closing the series with some celebratory ways to #treatyoself by bringing you five ways you celebrate your singledom today! 

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Your Options When You’re Single and Considering Having a Child on Your Own

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According to a Pew Research Center analysis, roughly one-third of all American children under age 18 live with an unmarried parent. Most of those single parent homes are headed by a mom. As women, we have lots of options for how to become a parent, even without a partner. While there are some disadvantages to having children on your own, there are advantages as well. For instance, when weighing the options, you can make decisions based on what you feel is right for you, without negotiating with a partner. Whatever choice is right for you, here are some options to consider when thinking about having a child on your own as a single mom by choice.

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Kitchen Essentials for Indian Cooking

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Diwali known as the “Festival of Lights” is coming up, November 14th, actually. And, this special festival makes me think of my mother, and in particular her cooking. On this special day, our homes are illuminated with little lamps and the kitchen is abuzz with activity. When I was a kid, I would walk into the house, welcomed by the smell of my Mom’s rotis. She quickly rolled the Indian flat bread one after the other, slathering each piping hot wheat sphere with generous amounts of butter quickly pooling on their surface. We used the rotis to scoop up fragrant vegetable curries flavored with a myriad of spices from cumin to turmeric and chili powder. Mom and my Grandmother made cooking look easy. When I started also cooking, I realized there were some kitchen essentials I needed for my Indian cooking.

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Choosing Single Motherhood

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I was raised by a single mother, living in North Carolina with my older sister. Growing up in the 1990s, it was slowly becoming more common in my community to have divorced parents or blended families. The only women I heard about who had kids “out of wedlock” (as we called it back then in my town in North Carolina) were accidental pregnancies. It wasn’t until after college that I began to hear about women choosing to become mothers on their own.

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Thinking Of Having A Baby Alone

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If you’re considering having a child on your own, you’re in good company! More and more women are opting to be a “single mom by choice,” also sometimes called a “choice mom.” What this term means is that you are a “single woman who decides to become a mother knowing, at least at the outset, that she will be the sole parent of her child.” There are wonderful communities of these single moms whose stories can help inspire you, caution you, or simply make you feel understood.

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Eating Healthy During Pregnancy

Yay, you’re pregnant! So that means you’re eating for two, right? And bring on the ice cream, pickles, and anything you might have a craving for. (That’s how this whole thing works, after all, isn’t it?) It’s actually…not. Sure, pregnancy – especially the first trimester – is really a time to listen to your body and perhaps give in to some indulgences from time to time, preparing healthy pregnancy meals is an important way to help you and your baby thrive during this time.

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