Baby it’s cold outside … now what do I do with my kids? As the cold weather approaches, do you start to hear these common words come out of your child’s mouth? “It’s too COOOLLLLDDDD to go outside!” or “I...
My refrain of, “Why don’t you turn off the tablet and go read a book?”, is often met with a slight groan from my 10-year-old daughter. As a former English teacher, you can imagine my shock when I realized,...

Puppy Foster Care

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"Mom! Can we get a puppy? Pleeeaaase?! PRETTY PLEAAASE????"  "I don't think so, hun." Famous last words. Our kids have wanted a puppy for a long time. And we keep avoiding it. And then we revisit the idea a hundred times. We...
Choosing a primary care provider for your child is very important. He or she will become a close partner in caring for your child’s health from birth through their teen years. Building a trusting relationship is therefore in your...
Our oldest went to kindergarten last year. I swear, it was just yesterday I was holding him in my arms terrified I didn’t know what I was doing with this tiny infant. And here we were. A big yellow bus lumbering...
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...
I’m not a competitive person. I didn’t do many sports in high school, and I haven’t encouraged my children to be overly involved in sports. It’s a world I know little about and, frankly, sometimes I’m too intimidated by...
Did anyone else get super motivated by the Rio Olympics to a) get beach volleyball abs, b) start their kids in some sort of program so I can give Aly Raisman's parents a run for their money, or c) see if they...
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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...
Mom and child looking over water. the golden years

The Golden Years

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I remember when I first became a mom and was drowning in tiredness and confusion, I saw a mom talking about how wonderful life was now that her children were "of a certain age". I wondered, what are these...

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How to Celebrate Juneteenth

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Do you and your family know what Juneteenth is? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition...
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Des Moines Fireworks