sex talk

The Sex Talk

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Do you remember the first time you heard about sex? I was a wide-eyed eight-year-old, playing at the home of my closest-playmate, "Beth". At one point her older sister, "Sarah" joined us. Eager to prove her superior knowledge to us...
In the past two months, our family has been seriously injury-prone. My oldest son broke his collarbone riding a skateboard; my youngest son sprained his wrist playing soccer; and my daughter twisted her knee running cross country. After six x-rays, five...
I mindlessly grabbed a cart while I scanned my grocery list. Then I stood in line for my twice-weekly Starbucks fix. I made small talk with the barista. Thanked him for the Americano and set my drink in the...
I would love to be the mom with a beautiful chore chart where kids have the same responsibilities every week, and are compensated in a fair and consistent manner. However, that is totally not who we are!   Kids and...
I started geocaching with my kids when they were really young. We love learning how to find hidden treasures in our own city! It isn’t hard to get started, but knowing the basics for geocaching are important. The best...
Summer is here and my boys are so excited for their summer of fun! This means endless video games, sleeping in, ... Just Kidding! While our summers aren't overly structured, we do have some general guidelines we've used for...
I was recently fired from my job as “mom” from one of my employers. Well, maybe “laid off” is a better term. It was my 18-year-old daughter who did the firing. (I’m still employed by the 12-year-old). Like most lay-offs, I...
The Goddard School® of Waukee incorporates gardening into its daily curriculum for students twelve months through six years. We truly value the beauty of the gardening process as we guide children in planning, planting, watering, weeding, and maintaining different types...
Have you noticed that some of the most beloved characters in kid's literature have been separated from their moms due to tragic circumstances? Harry Potter. The Penderwicks, The Pevensie Kids. Do you ever get the sense that children's authors like getting...
Before having kids, we did everything on the weekends: cleaning, laundry, going to new events, exploring new restaurants, parks, etc. The weekdays were for working, exercise, dinner, and relaxing. Ah … what a simple life it was. After having our...

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Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2020

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Farmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh baked goods...