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The MomSpeak Roundup

Moms know things. Find out what kind of things at where we keep an eye out for the best local parenting blogs and share with you their tips, observations and humor. This month, check out these four. Tips for Visiting Knoebels Lisa Lightner writes for A Day in Our Shoes (, which provides support for parents of children with special needs. She is also a lifelong Knoebels fan. “I have been going there ever since I was a toddler, and my (now deceased) grandmother even went there as a child. It’s that kind of place. Even though it’s a 2+ hour trek for us now, we make sure we get there every summer. It’s not that easy to get to, lots of 2-lane roads, but I love that about the place and I’m used to it.” Read Lisa’s tips, built from her many visits, including insights on accessibility, food, rides and toilets without seats.

What to Do with Family Photos of Your Ex? 7 Fun and Safe Outdoor Activities for Babies Katie Chiavarone writes on her blog, Views From a Step Stool, (, that moms of babies might huddle inside during the summer, but they don’t have to because there are many fun and safe activities to do with your little one. “Babies can’t be in direct sunlight and need lots of breaks for feedings, naps and diaper changes. New moms may be tempted to stay inside all summer, but it doesn’t have to be that way.” See Katie’s really simple, really smart ideas.

Darla DeMorrow of Heart Work Organizing ( writes: “I’ve helped many other families deal with their own collections that include an ex-spouse, and I’ve seen the range of emotions that come with photos of ex-family members. The process seems to be complicated by three main factors: • How fresh is the split? • Were there children from the marriage? • Did you part ways amicably? At some point, everyone finds at least one picture that makes them ask, ‘Is there a way to erase him out of the good photos? There’s so much that you can do with Photoshop these days! Ha!’” Cut it up? Toss it out? Photoshop magic? What does Darla say?

5 Great Outdoor Spots for Kids in the City Katie Lockwood, mom, pediatrician and creator of Mommy Call (, has five outdoor spots in the city that your kids will love. “It is always amazing when city kids have the opportunity to engage with nature in pockets of our urban landscape. (These) are some of my favorite places for city kids to splash in puddles, hunt for bugs, and climb on rocks within Philadelphia.” Are Katie’s favorites new to you?



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