Summer is in full swing, which means longer days, warmer weather, and a great opportunity to create lifelong memories with your family. Try these fun, easy activities with your children this summer and keep the traditions going for years...
One of my daughters has in her room a small pillow she calls the Parent Pillow. It’s an ordinary rectangular decorative ruffled pillow with pink and purple flowers that used to match her bedding a couple of comforters ago....
I am currently pregnant with our 4th child, and this pregnancy has been tough. With it comes not only new thoughts and emotions surrounding what it will mean to raise four kids, but also new physical symptoms from another...
Whether your kids are enjoying splashing in the pool, athletics, or summer camps, we all know summer brings the biggest smiles! Summer is a great time to visit an orthodontist for the first time. Getting braces in the...
For me, childhood summers were carefree.  They were run wild in the neighborhood, stay out till the dinner-bell rang kind of carefree.  They were filled with all the neighbor kids playing kick-the-can in our backyard and popsicles melting on our chins...
I was 26 when I first found out that I had melanoma. My dermatologist called me with biopsy results and I instantly knew it wasn't good news. A few days earlier, the dermatologist had removed the teeniest, tiniest little...
A few years ago, my husband, kids and I were at my sister's home for a wild Friday night family date. And while we were having fun, it had not been our initial plan for the evening. Originally, we...
Anytime my kiddo gets sick, I immediately tense up while envisioning the trek through the germ-laden doctor’s office. I imagine it a bit like a pixelated, 90s-era dramatic video game. I see myself ducking, rolling and jumping to avoid...
“How will I know if my child needs orthodontics?” This is a very popular question I get often from parents seeking answers regarding their child’s smile. And it’s a great one! When you’re not in the business of building...
What comes to mind when you hear the word “laser?” While a recent Google internet search produced approximately 9.88 million results in just under a second, many of you may have thought of the lightsabers and blasters in Star...
When my daughter turned five last fall, we decided it was time to let her choose what sport she wanted to play. She had done a few different activities prior to this, but all were mostly selected by my...
You’ve got the play date all planned. Your kid knows about it. Everyone is excited. Then, the morning of the big event, your child wakes up with a cold or still hasn’t shaken the one she’s had for a...
She is wrist deep in the dirt, pushing it aside to make room for her plants. I watch her tickle the ends of the roots, just like I taught her, and like my mother taught me, before placing them...
My husband and I have always loved gardening. But it wasn't until last year when we built our big, fenced, raised-row garden that we really got into it. Our garden has eight rows, each between 17-29 feet long and...

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When my daughter was 4 and in school (the Before Times, guys. You know what I mean, before we had a global pandemic shut...