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Anxiety: A Mother and Son Perspective

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I absolutely despise anxiety and the havoc it is wreaking on my sweet child and on so many in his generation, but I love him so much. I pray that one day he doesn't wake up with the feeling of butterflies in his stomach. ... Read full article

Does Birth Order Affect Who We Become?

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My son (the firstborn) is reserved, a perfectionist, and follows directions to a tee. My daughter (the youngest) is outgoing, fearless, and thinks the world is her stage. However, my son came home from overnight camp with the news that he was voted i... Read full article

Marvel Mom for a Day

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Upon entering the Smoothie King Center, the looks started. But here’s the thing, everyone loved it. We got applause, thumbs up, and even the occasional, “Y’all are great parents.”... Read full article

Food Moods

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We are, quite literally, what we eat. ... Read full article

The Unseen Impacts of the Texas Floods

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Going through any natural disaster is devastating. Juggling losing your home and everything inside with also having a medically complex child is beyond my comprehension. ... Read full article



Mamas Never Get Vacation, Not Even at the Beach!

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Packing up and hitting a beach somewhere along the Gulf seems to be an annual event for most middle- and upper-class families in our area, at least according to my Facebook feed. This year, we decided to join the fray, meeting my in-laws from Virgini... Read full article

The Case for Camp

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Why Children Need It Now More Than Ever... Read full article

The Moment I Became a Mom

by Amy Delaney on

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

The Lowdown on Shots, Soaps, and Sports

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Just when you think you’ve got this parenting thing figured out, new research comes along that refutes everything you’ve been doing since day one. If you’ve been debating the merits of flu mists, antibacterial soaps, and whether or not your kids shou... Read full article

Veggies Undercover

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Just like every other mother on the planet that has walked through a grocery store, I see the headlines. We are a fat nation. We are a fat nation getting fatter. And I think, “Not on my watch, not my family!”... Read full article

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