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,...
One thing our family is doing to focus on what we are grateful for this season is creating "Thanksgiving Leaves" as our table centerpiece. It's a fun way to add a touch of fall color to your home while...
A few months ago my family was in the midst of several transitions. I began to notice a lot of grumbling, complaining, eye rolling, sighing, whining, etc. from my children. These less than appealing behaviors started my journey to increase...
"How do I entertain my two-year-old all day long?" I could feel the desperation in that mom when I read the Facebook post. I scanned the replies and thought most suggestions seemed like a lot of work. But maybe she...

I Am Wonder Woman

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I get asked fairly often, “How do you do it all?” And, “You’re always so busy. What's your secret?” Well I do, in fact, have a few tricks up my sleeve but I wouldn’t call them secrets.  My husband and close...
Attachment parenting always made sense to me, mostly because, what’s the alternative? Not attaching to my kids? There is no way I can NOT be attached, plus it is a nice name. It evokes cuddles and crafts, and conveys...
  I never made a deliberate choice not to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. with my kids. It was something where over time, whenever the occasion would arise, I just wouldn’t go there. I can think of a lot of...
October is set aside to bring awareness to the roughly 25% of pregnancies that do not reach full-term, with October 15 specifically designated as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. We feel the loss of our babies, whether it’s marked on...
I suffer from a major case of mom guilt. I'm not sure I have ever felt like I measure up. This is something I know all moms feel, but it definitely doesn't feel any better when you're the one feeling...
  Before I became a mother, I assumed I would get my daughter's ears pierced as an infant, before she would have memory of the pain and when I would have control over the cleaning and maintenance of the piercing....
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...
For parents of children with special needs, it can often be difficult to find activities for their children to participate in. With my son Andrew, who has autism, we tried soccer, t-ball, even dance; but it was incredibly frustrating...
Towards the end of the summer, a friend and I took our kids to the zoo. My boys are 5, almost 4, and 2, and her daughter is 2. We had a great time. We rode the carousel, the...
A few years ago, when my daughter was in preschool and my son was a few months old, I was making my usual morning drive to drop my little girl to school with her baby brother tucked away in...
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Weekend Events for Kids

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