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Addressing Problem Behavior: The Importance of Emotional Literacy

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Yet, no matter what we tried, he always seemed to revert back to his old ways- big, loud, totally not okay, absolutely embarrassing ways. Just when I thought I was going to lose my ever-loving mind, I attended a training on emotional literacy.... Read full article

This Older Mom Will Always Be Young at Heart

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Growing up, I remember a song about older women being beautiful lovers. I hope the same applies to older women being beautiful mothers. I am 44 and have a nine year old and a five year old. Granted, recent news of a woman in India giving birth to twi... Read full article

Is This Our New Normal?

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Barry, oh Barry. You arrived late and then left without making much of an impression. And we are grateful! Your tardiness and lack of effort were quite welcome to those of us still suffering from storm shock. Let me just say, on behalf of all the 201... Read full article

Please Go to Sleep!

by Amy Delaney on

“I want my fan on.” “I need to go to the bathroom.” “Can I take my shirt off?” These are just a few of the MANY requests we receive every night as we try to put Little Bud to sleep. He invents a myriad of reasons for why he can’t go to sleep from ni... Read full article

Let It Go at the Library!

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In November of 2013, when the movie Frozen hit theaters, I was totally an amateur mom. In fact, we didn’t even see it and opted for a dinosaur movie with PMan because we thought he would enjoy that better. At the time, he was three and obsessed with ... Read full article



Making Your Own Dreams and Goals a Priority

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After a few soul sucking years of saying “maybe one day” and getting through the toddler years, I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t have these dreams anymore. I went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make my own goals & dreams a priority.... Read full article

The Moment I Became a Mom

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There are many milestones in the international adoption process–home study completion, being matched with your child, receiving updates, getting the travel call. However, the single biggest milestone for me was never logged on a calendar, even though... Read full article

Swipe Right on Your Dream Home

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I am in the throes of house hunting. During this process, I have realized an interesting truth about looking for a home. It mirrors dating exactly. Complete with all the anxiety and roller coaster emotions. I have identified four steps of house datin... Read full article

Getting Started with Mindfulness for Kids

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You will notice the awareness you are teaching in these structured moments is carrying over into your child’s everyday life. The ability to slow down and be more aware will help them navigate relationships, school, and tough emotions more effectively... Read full article

Chocolate Milk Burps, Gummy Bears and the Joy of Childhood

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Raise your hand if you LOVE that gummy bear commercial where a group of distinguished looking grown-ups sit around in a boardroom discussing how their gummy bears are “gooder” than others.... Read full article

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