Once upon a time, I kind of freaked out about having a baby. It was our first, and who knew what to expect? All I knew was that life would change forever, and we were most likely highly unqualified...
Middle school readers are wonderfully unique. They are right between Middle Grade books, which are appropriate for fourth through seventh grade, and Young Adult literature, which spans middle and high school. How does one find appropriate, interesting books for...
My oldest has always been wildly independent. Even as an infant she would fuss if I held her too long. She was far more content rolling around on the floor. As she got older, using her imagination came easily....

Parenting Teens

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Being a parent to teens has always been hard, but in today’s society, you could say it’s just a little bit harder. Our kids are exposed to so much more than we ever were. I’m not even in my...
Hi, I’m Belly! Welcome to a day in my life! My mommy stays home with me while my daddy goes to work, and my big sister, Goose, goes to first grade. Each day is a little bit different, but here’s...
A few weeks ago, my silly, sweet, and rambunctious five-year-old started kindergarten. She was looking forward to it for a long time. Her new school is in our neighborhood and right next to our favorite park, so she was...
I find myself becoming more and more anxious as my children grow older. I don’t know why but I’m just having a hard time accepting the fact that they are growing up.  Since they’ve gotten older, I find myself searching...
When our children are small we are told that they will go through multiple stages of food regression. Why wasn’t I warned this would happen again to an older child? Or is it just my kid? I thought that as...
One of the things my husband and I discussed as our son turned 15 this year, was whether to get him started on learning how to drive. We realize that driving is very complex and carries the consequence of...
When I became pregnant there were a lot of unknowns, but I always had the goal of breastfeeding. At first, my goal was to breastfeed for six months. Then my goal became one year, and now we have almost...
After two difficult years of struggling with infertility, my husband and I were ecstatic over the arrival of our baby girl. We had visions of family walks and family game nights, our little angel swaddled up beside us peacefully...
We all have those mornings when the kids wake up on the wrong side of the bed. For whatever reason, they’re cranky, and trying to accomplish anything in a timely manner is suddenly out of the question. Regardless of...

Dear First Time Mom

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Having just welcomed our second baby girl in May, I've been thinking about all the things that were so different from my first baby, such as how I feel, what seems easier this time around, what seems harder, and...
Facebook groups and motherhood discussion boards tout "fed is best." And it is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to eradicate the guilt and shame associated with breastfeeding struggles or the inability to breastfeed. It also doesn’t seem to elevate empathetic discussions...
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Weekend Events for Kids

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