A new swim school in Ankeny starts students at age 6 months, aims to help families love water When it comes to the question of when a child should start swimming lessons, the answers are as diverse as you might...
I have been alive for 43 years. For the better part of 16 of those years, I have been diapering one or more of my children.   My youngest will be four soon and while he definitely took his sweet time...
I started seeing a chiropractor/natural health doctor in the fall of 2020. She set me up with supplements and ultimately my goal was to get my body cleansed of so many elements that over the year had worn down...
As I rounded the final corner of the track, which had to have been at least 10 miles long based on my lungs and side cramp, I finally saw the finish line. Everyone else finished the race long before...
Right from the start, my second pregnancy has been very different from my first, from my physical symptoms to my emotional perspective. And while my first pregnancy was great and so special for various reasons, this time I am...
May is Mental Health Awareness month. While I believe we should celebrate it EVERY month, this month is special because it raises awareness to help reduce the stigma of mental health struggles. And in case you didn't know, here...
May is National Water Safety Awareness Month. As we head to pool and beach season, it’s the perfect time for all families and caregivers to review essential swim and water safety basics.  Water Safety Tips The swim and water safety experts...
The mental burden for moms is heavy. We worry about our kids, we worry we aren't doing enough as moms, we worry about our relationships. Throw in a pandemic, school from home, economic instability, divisive politics, and racial unrest...
Holidays can be difficult for a single mom to navigate for a multitude of reasons. Some of these difficulties may have to do with the fact that they are not used to spending the holidays without their kids, or...
So many people have used this past year to attempt and master various hobbies. The truly clever ones have even managed to monetize them. I am not one of these people.  When I reflect on how I’ve chosen to spend my...
Our year at home during this pandemic has forced us all to be creative in our family activities. Like many of you, we have explored crafts, board games, and maybe even a Fancy Friday. After a long day of zoom...

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May is National Water Safety Awareness Month. As we head to pool and beach season, it’s the perfect time for all families and caregivers...
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