Tag: Parenting

The “B” Word I Won’t Use

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“Oh don’t say that word around Courtney,” my friend joked after hearing another mom share about her hectic life. The mom laughed with confusion....

Why Kids Need to Climb, Spin, + Jump

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My kids have gone to several different schools over the last few years. Their current elementary school allows the kids to climb UP the slides...

5 Ways to Show Your Teacher Appreciation This Year

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The end of a very long, often chaotic, and definitely unprecedented school year is here. You can honor your favorite teachers in many ways. It...

Unbecoming Supermom

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Alcohol. Illicit drugs. Those were not my preferred vices. I preferred the socially acceptable one. The one that no one questioned. The one that...

Yes, You Still Know What You Are Doing

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  How do you have confidence in your parenting when you can’t even know if it’s safe to take a walk in your neighborhood with...

The Pros of Summer Camp for Kids in the Pandemic World

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Like nearly everyone in the world, my daily life as I knew it changed completely with the pandemic. Suddenly, my active-duty husband and I transitioned...

Early Saturdays Are Worth It For This Ballerina

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“8:00 am on a Saturday?!?” I asked incredulously. As my friend reassured me that she really enjoyed getting her daughter out the door for soccer,...

The Funny (and Ironic) Memories of Parenthood

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Oh the things we've done to our kids or had done to us by our kids. I mean, are you really even a parent unless...

In the Midnight Hour: Musings on Motherhood

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This week, my youngest child had a cough that started out benign but developed into a hacking cough that woke him up, gasping for...

Mama of the Bigs: Embracing the Season of Raising Teens and...

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I carried a diaper bag for 11 years. Now I'm raising teens and adults. How did that happen so fast? Having four children within eight...

Lessons Learned from Having Children Close in Age

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We have four children. Our daughter, who is the eldest, was three years old when I gave birth to our youngest. It sounds like a...

Transparent Parenting: The Day I Scared My Son with my Grief

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I knew my friend would be dropping off my son from school any minute. I had to get myself together. I walked into my bathroom,...