Screen time. This topic is a daily struggle in our home. We are constantly asking ourselves: how much is too much? How much is acceptable? How much time is she spending on screens when we are personally not with her...
When you stay at home with little children, life is a chaotic swirl of coffee, sibling squabbles, dirty dishes, smiles, diapers, and accidents. It’s wonderful and overwhelming and it speeds past you far faster than you ever imagined it...
Let's be real here; because he never gets any attention...   I am actually writing this piece out of a little bit of guilt and feel like I should leave something for my son to read in the future for him...
This past fall, my mom and my sister both visited our home and individually shared that they had noticed that our 5-year-old son, Henry, was crossing his eyes. Yet I knew my kid better than anyone on this planet...
"I always wanted to have a friend just like you..." Even now, at 40+ years old, I smile when I hear those words.  One of my favorite shows to watch on TV growing up was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  I hated...
It happened one evening as I walked into my bathroom. There it was. In the corner of the shower, up towards the top where the tile and the frosted window hit. A giant spider. The symbol of my adulthood coming into full swing....
A few years ago on Father's Day, we celebrated multiple fathers: my two grandpas, my own dad, and my husband (dad to our two little girls). Not a lot of people still have all four grandparents alive, so I...

Learning to Celebrate

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Are you good at celebrating? It may sound strange, but celebration doesn’t come naturally for me. I’m the kind of person that likes to stay in motion. Performance can drive me forward. If I meet a goal, rather than pausing...
Having three boys in quick succession means that sometimes the four walls of our house feel too confining - especially in the winter.  Cabin fever is a real thing, y'all!  There are only so many books to read, crafts...
As a parent of two children under the age of five, I find myself constantly thinking about my parenting decisions. Should I have stayed home to raise them during these early years? Should I have worked harder with my...
My brother, Noah, has lived in prison for the whole time I've been a parent. I've never been one to hide the truth. I especially do not hide what our real life is from our kids.  I brought my firstborn, Greyson, behind prison...
"I have GOT to talk to you!" she said, coming out into the hallway. Her hushed, serious tone told me this wasn't a cute kid story from the day. “Oh no!” I said aloud, pausing my chore of stuffing Friday...
Fall 2019 Enrollment has just opened for high-quality childcare and education at Lake Area Discovery Center's 14 metro locations.  Visit http://ladcfamilies.org/ to learn more, schedule a tour or enroll! Did you know that the way you talk with your child about mistakes...

Choose to Lose

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The three times a week my little guy has preschool; his oldest brother is also with us for drop-off. I barely have my mom-mobile in park before my eldest unbuckles himself and his brother. He smiles at him and...

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Four Simple Steps to Become a “Pseudo” Coffee Snob

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It's International Coffee Day! Who is celebrating with a hot cup of joe? I know I am! I personally have always been a coffee lover....

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