Homes aren't just where we keep our stuff. We live in our homes and raise our children in them. Inevitably parenting and design intersect and homelife with children is a recurring theme in our posts throughout the year. Here are the parenting posts that generated the most interesting comments and discussion from readers in 2012.

Embracing the Family Mess: Striking a Balance Between Chaos and Order
Toy Buying Mistakes and Tips to Avoid Them
Looking Back: How to Talk to Your Kids About Moving
How Did You Prepare Your Toddler for a New Sibling?
Elmo vs. Grover: My Ambiguous Disdain for Licensed Character Toys
Compromising Your Style: Letting Kids Help Decorate for Holidays
Embrace Your Child's Dreams
Children Making Sand Homes
Decorating Kids' Rooms: How Much Input Did Your Child Have?
Avoiding the Avalanche of Baby "Must Haves"

Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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