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Ilana Wiles  I don't have babies anymore. Still in denial. Author of "Remarkably Average Parenting." Also find me at: @averageparentproblems 👻: ilanawiles

Yesterday, I stayed off the internet, left my laptop at home, and focused my energy on where I can make a difference— with my kids. We skipped camp and took a short road trip to Montauk for the day instead. We ate lobster rolls, watched the waves roll in, climbed the lighthouse and had dinner on the beach as the sun set. I am so thankful for the simple moments of joy that exist while my kids are still young.

I believe properly educating our children is one big action we can take to make this world a better place, which is why I stepped up my efforts this year to read books to my kids that teach kindness, inclusion and the importance of diversity. After the horrific events in Charlottesville this past weekend, I reached out to @happily.ever.elephants to help broaden my collection and give her recommendations on my blog so they can be shared to a wider audience. I hope you find a few new ones to read and please tell me books that you have found to be helpful in your home in the comments. "21 Children's Books to Teach Our Kids to be Kind and Inclusive" on the blog today. Link in bio.

I'm showing off all our new back-to-school outfits from @boden_clothing on the blog today, plus giving away a $500 gift card! Mazzy and Harlow look adorable obviously, but check out my new bird dress! In a totally uncharacteristic move, I bought something totally impractical just for fun. I $#@% love it. So many more cute outfits and photos at the link in my bio! #bodenbyme // sponsored

I have to thank my kids for reintroducing me to ice cream cones and sprinkles. I don't know why I went for so many years thinking I wanted my ice cream in a cup without a topping, like that was the adult way to order it or something. Clearly, I was just depriving myself of true happiness.

Happy #GunclesDay! Yep, that's an official day. I'm celebrating by partnering with @johnsonsbaby to recognize the gay men who contribute to the happy, healthy development of the little ones in their lives. Share stories about your chid's guncle in the comments below and read about some of the proud guncles who work at @johnsonsbaby on the blog. Link in bio! #sponsored

This is Harlow "reading" a book to her cousin Neve. The book is Patty Cake and it's just the words of the song so it's very short. Harlow loved reading to her so much that she kept pretending to mess up the words so she could start over. I guess she didn't want the moment to end. Me neither ☺️ Watch this moment and more in VLOG 8 at the link in my bio!

When awful things happen and the words of our current president fail us, I always look to our last president instead. Today, President Barack Obama is quoting Nelson Mandela. #blacklivesmatter #raisethechange

Sometimes beautiful moments happen on cloudy days. So glad you are here, @emmenewyork ❤️

She told me she wanted to pose in front of the part of the rainbow that matched her dress. #poselikeharlow #🌈

When I think about the people who play important roles in Mazzy and Harlow's lives, it's more than just me and Mike. It's extended family, close friends, teachers and babysitters. Like our longtime nanny Ruth, who has taught them to be gentle and patient and Mike's mother Toby who has taught our kids to be thoughtful and kind. Today on the blog, in partnership with @johnsonsbaby, I am talking about all the major players in and outside our family who will shape my children for years to come. Link in bio. Please share someone who has been impactful in your child's life in the comments below.

Harlow refused to go to camp today and got back in the car. I'm just kidding. That's not my car. But she did refuse to go to camp. After debating whether it made me a worse mom to leave her there or to take her home, I went with the option that made her stop crying. Yep, that's right. I caved. Say hi to Harlow! She's sitting next to me.

Last year, Mazzy and I really struggled trying to figure out her style. We both knew what she did NOT like (no dresses, no pink, nothing babyish, nothing long sleeve...) I knew she preferred "cool" and "sporty" as opposed to "pretty" or "trendy," but her definition of "cool" is definitely different than mine. This year, things are becoming clearer. We picked out a bunch of clothes from @ivivva's back-to-school collection and Mazzy LOVES them. Everything is blue and turquoise in stretchable fabrics that are perfect for running, jumping, climbing and lounging comfortably. She also loves these pillows from Ivivva's new collaboration with PBteen. Oh my god, I really do feel like she's a teenager already. Check out the link in my Instagram story for a chance to win a $2,500 PBteen gift card, and a $1,000 gift card to EACH brand: @ivivva, @lululemon and @potterybarn, plus you’ll be entered to win one of their weekly prize packages that include a $100 ivivva gift card and a $100 PBteen gift card. Here's to evolving little girls! #sponsored #ivivva

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