I’m naturally a risk-averse person. Growing up, I was not infrequently called a “teacher’s pet” or “goody two-shoes,” or told that I didn’t know how to have fun (to which I always replied, “We have different definitions of ‘fun’.”)...
Since March 2020, most of our news, conversations, and information we are getting rarely goes without a reference to COVID-19. With vaccines now available for children ages 5 and up, families are looking for information. We recently posted about...
THEY’RE WATCHING. THEY’RE LISTENING. AND THEY REMEMBER EVERYTHING. IT’S EASY  TO FORGET THEY’RE THERE AND PAYING ATTENTION, ESPECIALLY WHEN I’M CAUGHT OFF  GUARD DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED. WHAT GREAT POWER THAT BRINGS, AND WHAT  GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. The U.S. Department of...
I went to grab coffee with one of my best friends the other day and for the first time in, well, forever, I had zero mama guilt.  Zero. I was enjoying the catch up session with my friend for over two hours...
  I don't often make New Year's Resolutions. The only one I can remember making and keeping was in 2017: no overnight trips with babies. Our fourth child was born that spring, and the other kids were 13 months,...
They're watching. They're listening. And they remember everything. It's easy to forget they're there and paying attention, especially when I'm caught off guard dealing with the unexpected. What great power that brings, and what great responsibility. I'm not one...

The Wonder Years

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My little kids currently range in age from 3 to 6 years old. I've recently started thinking of this season as The Wonder Years. It's a sweet time where they are discovering things about life that the rest of...
When I told my husband what I was working on, his reaction was, “Really? First MLMs and now Santa? You just felt like not enough people hate you yet? We’re going to have to move.” Before you whip out your...
"I guess I really don't know what Christmas is all about. Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Charlie Brown asked this of his friend Linus in the 1965 CBS Christmas special, Charlie Brown Christmas. At our...
  Social Eating is a Form of Nutrition too! *This series is intended to help bring ideas to support food education, and wellness in families; it is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure diseases.  Please always consult your practitioners if...
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5 Abuse Prevention Strategies To Start Using With Small Children

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I’m naturally a risk-averse person. Growing up, I was not infrequently called a “teacher’s pet” or “goody two-shoes,” or told that I didn’t know...

The Wonder Years