Living with a Tween is hard--almost as hard as being a Tween. (While the definition of the term varies, for this post I consider Tweens to be 10-14 years of age.) It’s an explosive combination of hormones, life changes, and...
In ninth grade, I gave a speech about the Myers-Briggs personality typing system. I enjoyed giving the speech so much that I, a relatively shy 14-year old, won speaker of the day. Personality assessments abound, and I’m fascinated by...
Ages 0-2: The Early Visits  There’s not much of a need to see a dentist or worry about your child’s teeth before they first emerge. If you’re really concerned, a warm, damp towel can be used to wipe down their gums...
Every Friday it was the same. Take the kids to school. Rush home to do all the things I didn't get to finish during the week; laundry, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum and dust. Then I'd rush back out to...
After decades of increasing, the childhood obesity rate is starting to level off. However, the rate is still alarmingly high. Did you know that 1 in 3 children aged 10-17 are considered obese? Childhood overweight/obesity is regarded as the most...
I’ve always known that parenting was going to be hard. Seasoned parents are often quick to point out this reality with new parents. But I figured that if I read enough parenting books, applied the tips of others and...

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I was homeschooled during those dreaded middle school years. I heard they were rough. I got to completely bypass them as I was homeschooled for three years during that whole timeframe of my life. I played sports at the...
Chances are you've already kissed a boo-boo or two this summer.  Or maybe you've already made a trip to the ER.  As a mama to three boys ages six and under, I am no stranger to boo-boos and stitches. It...
It seems like every week I hear another local news story warning about ticks and the diseases they carry- Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Just today I heard about a new type of tick- the Lone Star tick- making...
We have partnered with BodyArmor™ to introduce you to their new line of hydration beverages. While this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% our own. We are quickly becoming a soccer family. This year, our oldest has actually played...
Someone once told me the days are long, but the years are short.  By someone, I mean literally every mother I've ever met. My daughter turns two next month, and I'm going to say something revolutionary: these have been two loooong years. That's...
Dear Greyson, My sweet, sweet happy boy. Oh how I love you, and I want to keep life simple and pure for you forever. As I watch you begin life’s rites of passages... crawling, talking, walking, soon kindergarten and eventually...

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Every since our children were little, we established with them that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone.  They controlled who they allowed to give them hugs and kisses. We never demanded that they either accept or give any type...
{Disclaimer: We have partnered with The Goddard School to bring you some advice on talking to your children about the upcoming elections. Political campaigns can dominate the media at times, and occasionally the messages they broadcast can be mean-spirited. Dr. Craig Bach,...

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Eight Gentle Parenting Lessons from Coach Ted Lasso

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I’ve never liked the way we label ourselves as parents. It’s difficult enough for me to pick a team when I make my March...

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