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...
The end of this school year hit with an unsatisfying thud. Parents of graduating seniors hosted drive-by open house parties. Elementary parents picked up a garbage bag of school supplies at a pre-scheduled time. Our angst-filled teenagers were justifiably scowly when...
Today my son goes to daycare for the first time. It’s the last full week of my maternity leave, and I am easing him into daycare this week. As a second-time mom, I am less worried about leaving him...
I saw a post on Facebook recently that made me laugh out loud. It was something along the lines of “finding out that your normal everyday life is called quarantine”. As a stay-at-home mom of 3 kids under 4,...
“I’m bored.” Ah, the infamous statement children solemnly and exasperatedly say at some point during summer break. The school year is finished, and the thrill and excitement of summer vacation is upon us. I’m craving the hot and carefree summer days,...
Dear Class of 2020, This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Not for you. Not for your family. I’m truly sorry. When you heard that school was closed for the rest of the year, I imagine many of you were devastated,...
The hardest part about being a transplant is experiencing significant life events as a distant spectator. Even if you live where you grew up it's probable that someone you care about is far away. Most of the time the...
Have a girl, they said. It will be so much fun dressing her up in pretty clothes and hairbows. You’ll love taking her shopping and getting your nails done together. But they forgot to tell you about puberty, and how...
I was never a baby person and wasn’t around kids enough to be comfortable with them.  So when my husband and I decided to have a child, I was nervous about my lack of knowledge. I had no idea...
I am in my second trimester of pregnancy with my second child and somebody sent me a link to a breast pump that was on sale. I kindly responded to her saying that I am not planning on breastfeeding...
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A Guide to Cedar Rapids Gently-Used Clothing Stores

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When I think back to being a kid, what I remember about the end of summer was the back to school clothes shopping.  Listen--...