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Articles in Cheryl Brodnax and Family Life

Can I Please Get a Little Peace and Quiet?

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I turned the bathroom door lock with a click. My book in my hands, I nestled down on the bathroom rug. I looked at my phone and set my timer for 10 minutes. “After this, I’ll go back out there,” I said to myself.... Read full article

Co-Parent with Class: Advice for a Successful School Year

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Advice for a successful school year while dealing with co-parenting.... Read full article

Focusing on Your Circle of Control

by Cheryl Brodnax on

As a counselor, I treat a lot of anxiety. As a human, I’ve had a lot of anxiety. I believe worrying just comes as part of the human condition. If someone claims they never worry, I’m thinking they either have an impressive supply of medication, or no... Read full article

Is It Terrible Twos or Just Terrible Behavior?

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Most parents know this scene all too well. One moment, you and your toddler are successfully navigating the aisles of the grocery store. Everyone’s happy. Everything’s fine. Until it’s not. Suddenly, your little angel is sprawled on the floor red fac... Read full article

10 Things to Make Road Trips with Kids More Fun and Less Stressful

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Summer is officially here. Whether you’re planning to road trip to the great waters of the Gulf of Mexico or make the haul to The Happiest Place on Earth (Disney World, obviously), a little preparation for the drive goes a long way.... Read full article



Sign Me Up! I Quit

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Little League burnouts and what to do about them.... Read full article

Good Enough: Trading Perfect for Present

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We often put unrealistic expectations on our shoulders. On top of our own delusions of perfection, we pile on our expectations for our children.... Read full article

Holiday Harmony

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Halloween comes and goes. You squeeze in a day for Thanksgiving. You slowly ease into the holiday season with shopping and trimming the tree, and then the chaos ensues. Your days and nights are consumed with cookie exchanges, class parties, Nutcracke... Read full article

Christmas is the Best Season

by Jami Redmond and Katrina Liza on

Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang... Read full article

Revisiting Santa: Should We Get an Elf on the Shelf?

by Mari Walker on

On December 9, my girls asked me for an Elf on the Shelf. And although I immediately guffawed, rolled my eyes and said “NO WAY,” because it’s 2020 I had second thoughts as soon as the “no” left my mouth and the request had time to settle. If they’d a... Read full article

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