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Mariah Dolenc: Woman, Thinker, Writer, Creator


Why I Don’t Want My Kid To Obey

Lessons in Parenthood: Week 8 Whenever someone pushes the ideal of an obedient child I think, “No thanks, I’m not trying to raise a robot.” When I was a kid I remember obedience being one of the most desirable traits for a child. Somehow an obedient child was equal in meaning and value to a […]

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Even Toddlers Can Be Trustworthy

Lessons in Parenthood: Week 6 Recently my husband Luka recorded a little play time session between Olivia and I. We were all at the table after dinner when Olivia was getting a good laugh out of trying to put my finger in her mouth. I really didn’t think it was funny that she was trying to […]

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Make Them Laugh

Lessons in Parenthood: Week 2 Well, I made it to the second week of this writing challenge, jet lag and all. When your mind is struggling between two time zones on opposite ends of the earth it’s a miracle if you get anything done. I haven’t been the only one struggling either. Olivia is awake at […]

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Exchanging One Challenge For Another

Concluding my daily writing challenge In November, as many of you know, I set myself a goal to write a blog post every day until Christmas. I’ve had a few bumps and it wasn’t easy, but I wasn’t expecting it to be easy. The goal was really a way to challenge myself. Some days it […]

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Learning To Take A Moment

We live in a fast paced world. That’s just the way it is now in our modern society. It may vary from culture to culture, but for the most part we live very busy lives. We rush through our year and then are in shock when the Christmas whirlwind hits. It seems like every year […]

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5 Ways To Create Physical And Fun Activities For Kids

Physical activity is so important for kids, and everyone really. Today more than ever before in history we are living a sedentary lifestyle. Kids are in school, at desks, in cars, playing games on phones, and so on. Regular physical activity can help kids not only build healthy bones and muscles, but it also helps to reduce anxiety […]

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The Celebration of Saint Nicholas

In Slovene, Saint Nicholas is Sveti Miklavž. December 6th is the celebration of this Saint. I had mentioned it in my earlier blog post and how we celebrate it here. We had the baskets all ready the night before. All the gifts to fill the baskets were ready. I can honestly say that Luka and […]

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Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?

Beauty. It’s an industry, it’s a description, it’s sought after, frowned upon, criticized, glorified, it’s a lot of things. What do we teach our kids about it. It may be different for boys and girls, but they both need lessons on it. Raising a daughter, this has come to my mind a lot. I’ve put […]

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The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

As parents we think a lot about what we want our children to do or not do. We make a lot of rules, we have a lot of talks and take actions all around their behavior. Why? Hopefully it’s because we believe that how we shape them now will make them into good people later. The […]

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6 Rules For Traveling Parents: Mom Edition

In the past month Luka and I have been traveling a lot. It seems that every time we go somewhere I refine my traveling skills, usually through trial and error, sweat and tears. It has yet to be easy to travel internationally with a toddler. Hopefully one day it will be a breeze, but until […]

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