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The Power of Grandparents

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Growing up, I was blessed to have two sets of grandparents who played active roles in my life. They were always my emergency contacts for school, the ones I called when I needed extra help with homework (I have to be honest, it was usually history ho... Read full article

Yes Means Yes, No Means No: Teaching Consent to Your Children

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Sexual assault is an overwhelming issue. High profile cases of rape are splattered across news websites, newspapers, and social media.... Read full article

Brainstorming Boredom Busters While Stuck at Home

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I love a good challenge, but at least four weeks (eight weeks?) at home with my girls, ages 8 and almost-4, may be my biggest mama challenge to date. I am committed to doing our part for public health and staying home as much as we possibly can. I am... Read full article

It’s Potty Time: How to Get the Job Done

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Has potty training ever felt or sounded so draining that you consider keeping your child in diapers forever? Persuading a toddler to use the potty is no small task. Some get scared, some get frustrated, and others are just not interested. If you want... Read full article

Have You Had A COVID Test Yet? Here’s How it Went for Me

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The meme about Schrodinger’s virus speaks to me. We don’t know if we have COVID-19 at any given time, but we have to act as if we do while interacting with others to keep them safe. And we have to act as if we don’t have COVID-19 to remember to take ... Read full article



Is a Private School for You?

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Understanding Your Child's Educational Options... Read full article

Into The Fire: Social Media at Eight?!

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I never thought I'd see the day when I'd let my eight year old have access to any form of social media. But I never thought I'd see a global pandemic that keeps us away from our normal lives, so my parenting priorities have understandably shifted. I'... Read full article

Let it Geaux: 7 Things to Stop Worrying About

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Worrying, it’s something all parents do. I am guilty of it, especially when I lie awake at three a.m., with the silence of the house ringing in my ears. I worry about what I forgot to do, what I need to do, what I should have done, and what I already... Read full article

Unknown Costs of Raising a Child with Special Needs

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Talking about money is a taboo in our culture, but sometimes the lack of available information leaves families bewildered when they find themselves in unusual circumstances. Nobody plans on having a child who has a disability, but life doesn’t always... Read full article

C'mon, Mom!

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Are You A Good Sports Parent?... Read full article

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