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The Challenges Of Teaching During A Pandemic

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I'm in my second year as a middle school teacher. And while last year was challenging and frustrating for a variety of reasons, this year has been worse. And we've only been in school...

The Feelings Nobody Talks About While Waiting to Take a Pregnancy Test

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I have been immensely lucky to have had three healthy pregnancies without much of a fuss. Since the very early stages of each one of them, my body was eager to let me know that...

Finding My Pride

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If you told me ten years ago that at age 36 I would be a proud and open member of the LGBTQ+ community, I would not have believed you. Not that I ever had...

Let’s Be Honest :: Reflections On Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day has come and gone, and it's left me thinking. Actually, if I'm being honest, I've had quite a few thoughts on this holiday for the past few years now; thoughts on how I...

A Love Letter to my Struggling, Doubting Daughter

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My daughter has depression and recently tried to kill herself. We hospitalized her for her safety, and I'll write about that later - I know it's an important story to tell, but I'm still...

The Talk About the Birds and the Bees

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Something unexpected happened this past Christmas. Between a trip to the zoo and going out to see Christmas lights, my eight-year-old started asking questions about her changing body. And I was unprepared. I had friends who...

Safeguard Your Virtual Home

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In the last year, we saw our homes transform into office spaces, classrooms, family game and movie night central, even gyms and dance studios. Technology became an even more essential tool for us to...

When Your Mammogram is Abnormal

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Last year I turned 40. As I watched my 30s vanish into the night, I knew that something new was on the horizon.  My first mammogram.  Both my mom and my best friend prepped me for...

Depression in Middle School

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120 days ago my 7th grade daughter told me that she’s had fairy regular thoughts about killing herself. One month ago, she took her first Prozac. The days in between were hell. And so scary. And...

I.Am.Over.It.

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I'm not sure how you are feeling right about now, but I.Am.Over.It.  I'm over 2020. I'm over COVID-19. I'm over all of the 2020 events I was looking forward to being cancelled or switched to virtual.  I'm over...

Answers From an Expert :: Everything You Need to Know About Cord Blood Registry

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My name is Erica and I am a wife, a mom, and a Cord Blood Registry (or Cbr® for short) educator! I live in Charleston but travel all over South Carolina and North Carolina...

Closing The Door On A Parent

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When I was younger, I remember never getting along with my biological father. I can remember asking - practically begging - my mom when they would get divorced because even as a child I...

Mama Gone Wild

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If you’re like me, you saw the article circulating on social media a while back about the benefits of moms going on vacations by themselves, and rolled your eyes. Sure, it sounded great, but who...

Why Is Breastfeeding So Difficult?

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I have anxiety. Maybe a lot. Well, enough to make me exercise every day and medicate from time to time. But, the more I ask around, I realize I am like most middle-class women, struggling...