My entire life I have been borderline obsessive about being in control. I have always felt like I have needed to do things my way in order for things to be done correctly. It's my strong type-A personality. The to-do...
Dear freshman daughter, I have been trying to figure out some wisdom I can impart to you as you embark on your high school experience. The more I think about it, the more I realize that you don’t need to...
One of the cool things about living in 2019 is the vast array of options we have when educating our children.  Homeschooling, parochial schooling, un-schooling, non-religious private schooling....you get the point.  We have fantastic options, people. We chose public schooling for...
With the start of school comes a list of things you need to remember and plan for—paperwork, transportation, extracurricular activities, classroom parties, volunteering, and in some instances, supplying class snacks. Many schools have strict rules for what can be...
Dear Daughter, I saw you before you turned from sweet little girl to independent pre-teen. I watched you giggle at yourself in the mirror. I swooned when you sang your made-up songs and role played with your Barbies. I...
Welcome to the carpool line at school--more notably known as the fifth ring of hell. Apparently, the simple concept of pulling up to the first orange cone is often confusing to the frazzled, behind-schedule minivan owner who makes great...
My son became a Cub Scout, and not a single leader welcomed us to the pack. Nobody called us to explain what to buy, what to expect, or where in the world all those darn badges are supposed to...
Nothing is more heartbreaking than your child coming home from school with hurt feelings or discovering your own child is responsible for the pain of other children.  The older your kids become, the more opportunity they have to experience...
Let me just start by saying that I’m a proponent of fed is best. Breast milk, formula, you do you, momma. I personally prefer to breastfeed exclusively, but it’s typically been a bit of a roller coaster. I long for...
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, let’s nix the term “Extended Breastfeeding”! In America, the term “extended breastfeeding” is, in my opinion, an oxymoron. Breastfeeding does not have a “term”. It is not something to be completed at a certain...
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Trying to get on top of organizing my home with Christmas coming makes me want to scream, “INCOMING!!!” I have three girls. We have many,...