Samantha Kraus

Samantha Kraus
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Samantha is a stay-at-home mom to Lily and Isaac. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas but moved to Iowa when she started attending the University of Northern Iowa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Special Education, and loves the opportunity to mentor other parents in the special needs community. She enjoys knitting, reading, and baking in her free time.

We Are An ADHD Family

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Every person in my family has ADHD or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. It feels so surreal to write that because I never imagined that my life would look the way it does now. Finding out...

Time for Timeouts: Finding My Footing During COVID-19

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I think every parent has an idea in their head of whether or not they’re a “good” parent. I definitely felt like I was a pretty good mom and that I was doing the...

Celebrating My Son’s Birthday During COVID-19

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If I’m completely honest, I wish I could have done more for my son’s birthday. Because of COVID-19, our financial security has not been the greatest, and I felt like it was irresponsible to...

I’m Growing Closer To My Kids During this COVID Quarantine

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In the midst of a stress-filled time, I notice that the relationship between my children and me is much stronger than before. I never knew I could grow this close to my kids. Before...

An Honest View of My Life During Quarantine

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This article started out with me trying to share the ways my family has been keeping our sanity in the midst of quarantine. Soon I realized that wouldn’t be a very honest article. We...

I’m Losing Weight this New Year Following Three Simple Steps

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My weight loss journey has been full of ups and downs. As any mom can tell you, pre- and post-baby weight fluctuations can vary widely. With my first pregnancy, I had hyperemesis gravidarium and...

A Letter to My Son As You Become a Toddler

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To my son, Something caught my attention the other day. I suddenly realized that you are not a baby anymore. You are a toddler, and you are becoming a little boy right before my eyes. It...

The Pros and Cons of Having a Halloween Birthday

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My birthday is on October 31st. All my life my birthday has been shared with the happy trick or treaters, and now that I’m an adult, I can more clearly see the pros and...

Life Lessons from my Accidental Pumpkin Plant

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Something happened recently that taught me a much-needed lesson. Lately, I have been feeling as though I can't get all of the things done that I would like, or as if my house will...

Cedar Rapids Moms Neighborhood Series: 4 Reasons I Love Living in Center Point

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I moved to Center Point about 3 years ago and came from San Antonio, Texas. It's a huge difference moving from such a large place to a smaller town. But, our family has thrived...