Even though the back to school season has been one of mixed emotions, I can say it brings me a certain amount of excitement. You see, I thrive on routine. Now that school is back in session, we’re back to...
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 best job I could. However,...
It's difficult to believe that August has already come and gone. As if COVID-19 isn't enough to keep us on our toes at all times, Mother Nature decided a derecho would be another way to keep us...
"Just wait until she's a teenager!" Let me let you in on a little something I just learned: the teenage years do not magically start with the age of 13.  Sure, sure, I know all about the tweens as this...
Someone asked me today how I felt about my daughter starting kindergarten.  My first response was a chuckle, a hearty chuckle. I scoffed and I said I was going to be just fine. I said she was going to be...
I was a four-eyed, brace-faced, awkward-haired band nerd, which made middle school pretty rough. While I had good friends and great experiences, I also experienced my share of heartbreak, disappointment, and social struggles--even flat-out bullying. I have to be very...
I’m a few weeks shy of breastfeeding my son for one whole year. Hallelujah! The end is near. If you had asked me 11 months ago if I could do this for a full year, I would have laughed in...
Before I had my son I was a different kind of mother; I was a high school teacher!  I had a cozy little classroom with a sofa in the middle and a crazy bunch of kids who called me...
Sensory play is a vital tool for all children. You may have heard other parents, teachers, therapists, and doctors comment on the use of sensory play for certain children. However, I feel it's important to understand how helpful it...
I see you, mama.   You, who worries because your toddler could care less about colors, shapes, or counting. All while your neighbor’s tot rattles them off like the daily special.   You, whose two-year-old still rarely says a word. You’ve...
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Six Ways to Give Back in Cedar Rapids this Holiday Season

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At some point every December, I begin to feel the pull in a million directions. There are so many things to do, presents to...