Pregnancy and postpartum can be both an exciting phase of motherhood and an intimidating one. We hope this guide helps answer some of the endless questions on the minds of new and expectant moms. Special thanks to the featured...
Confidence, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude.  Every parent wants their child to have these qualities. I know my husband and I are being intentional with our two-year-old son to help him grow with these traits. Yes, he is only...
The busiest - and sometimes scariest - time of year is fast approaching... Christmas Break! While the kids are counting down the days of not being in school, moms like me are scrambling to come up with new ways to keep...
Y'all.....everyone talks about the terrible twos, but I'm here to tell you that three is worse. I feel like the two's were a breeze: minimal meltdowns, communication got better, and all items on the dinner plate were eaten. Three's though? Three's...
We have a king size bed. It is a good thing that we do, because not only do my husband and I sleep in the bed, but so do two medium size dogs, and a 4-year-old. How did this...
For a lot of people considering adoption, "open adoption" is a scary word. I understand. I've been there. Having both adopted and then given birth to a surprise baby, I have some perspective. I also know the law here,...
It’s the season of giving thanks, y’all! How’re you doing with it? I’ll be honest – I’m being challenged a little bit – teens and tweens can test even the most grateful person that ever lived. But as we approach Thanksgiving,...
This fall, my son started preschool for the very first time. We chose the school meticulously. I interviewed the staff for hours (literally, hours!), and my little one ran and played and told us how much he loved his...
Wow! I can't believe we've come to the last installment of this bullying series. Over the course of the last two weeks, I have endeavored to differentiate between bullying and conflict/confrontation, explore how a culture of acceptance is created,...

Born to Play

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All healthy children play. I have watched children play in Europe, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in my South Carolina backyard. All the research I have read reinforces the concept of how important play is...
  As a new, young mom I learned some things once my daughter was born.  Newborns don’t necessarily love to sleep. Elastic waistbands should be required on every set of pants. Seriously, why do we need buttons when elastic is...
In my last article, I wanted to give a solid foundation of what bullying is and what it isn't. I discussed the difference between bullying and conflict/confrontation, and how social expectations of male behavior produces a culture of acceptance. This...
Halloween is America's third favorite holiday. Children are always excited about it because not only do they get to dress up but they also get lots and lots of candy. For families of children with special needs, the excitement is...
The children line up at the front of the room in preparation for the daily march to the cafeteria for lunch. They are excited and eager to eat and socialize with their friends. In the middle of the line,...
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