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One Mom’s Approach to Panhandling

“What does that sign say?” A question I often hear from the backseat as we’re stopped at an intersection. I’m aware of the person standing on the corner asking for money, and I know my passengers’ questions are inevitable. read more

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Routines Are Important

Consistent routines provide a sense of predictability for young children. The brain feels comfortable and safe when it knows what to expect next. To establish a consistent routine, understanding children’s brains and trying some of the following tips, you will be able to more easily reach this goa read more

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How Parenting Changed my Marriage

We had no idea that day how raising little people together would change us. Because yes, mothering has changed me and being a father has changed Derek. So if we’re both different as a result, why have I been surprised our relationship has also changed? read more

self

The Loaded Word

Success, now that is a loaded word. We are all told we want it and should go after it, with varying messages and results. Your parents want to see you have success in life, you want your kids to succeed. I was told to be better, have better, to succeed. There was never any plan of action. read more

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Learning to be Brave

Being brave took an interesting turn since my children both started school last fall. It's the first time I am home alone in a decade, and I find that I am not the same woman I was ten years ago. When I was a new mother, I was more risk adverse. More concerned with image. read more