My daughter who just started 6th grade is kind, generous, really, really good at math, a Girl Scout who just got her Bronze Award. She also happens to have turquoise blue hair.  It may surprise some when they realize...
I’ve always been a big football fan. I was a statistician for my high school team. My dad played college football and spent nearly 35 years as a football referee. I know the game and I love the game....
You probably know it is reading to your child is important. Did you know starting earlier is better? From the day they are born, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop language skills and pre-literacy skills every day that help them become...
We recently took our first ride on Amtrak and loved our experience. Our travels took us from Osceola, Iowa, to Granby, Colorado. This was a mother-son trip to celebrate my youngest’s tenth birthday. Arriving at the Amtrak Station We arrived over...
Now, we have officially survived her first sleepover, we won't be making it a regular occurrence. Have you done sleepovers yet? Why or why not?
Moms hear about all the things we should and should not eat while pregnant, but are rarely reminded of the possible dietary restrictions while breastfeeding. While nursing both of my boys I was challenged with adjusting my diet to...
Before I became a parent, I naively compiled a mental list of all the things I would never do as a parent: No screens until they’re older. Limited sugar. They will NOT behave badly in public. Co-sleeping is not...
A Tale of Two Goldfish Swimmers and Two Wildly Different Stories I have two children with very different personalities and levels of athleticism. Both came from the same gene pool, but you couldn’t prove it if you asked their...
Is Your Kid Headed Off to College This Fall? Be Sure They’re Set Up For Financial Success Well, it’s happening: Your teenager is moving out of your house and braving the new world of college. Before they head off on...
Racism. Antiracist. Justice. Privilege. Inclusion. Diversity. You may have seen these words floating around recently and are maybe wondering how to introduce these complex topics to your kids. I want to give a little background about myself, first. I was...

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can...