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...
My four year old is what some might call a “Spirited Child”. To start with, he’s high energy – I mean REALLY high energy. I thought this was just normal for a boy, but as his younger brother gets older,...
Working in the health care field, I have always been fairly on top of everything healthcare related when it comes to my kids. I probably error on the side of doing too much. I schedule their well-child visits within...
Growing up, there was one tradition that I always looked forward to: family game night. We took turns getting to pick the game, and engaged in some good, old-fashioned competition. My oldest son is finally at the age where...
When my son, Everett, was about 18 months, we started noticing little things. Screaming when we would try to cut his nails, full on meltdowns when we tried to cut his hair. I assumed that these were just phases...
It’s no secret that our momma's hearts are in a constant struggle of “Stay young,” and “Hurry and grow up, will ya?" I am not immune to that struggle. I would gladly throw out every diaper, never to return...
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...
Giving kids an allowance can be controversial. There are parents who believe that paying your kids to do normal and expected chores can lead to entitlement and too much external motivation. While I understand that belief, I believe that...
If you haven’t already figured it out, kids are always listening.  That makes it even more important that our words bring value and clarity.   We have three kids, ages 15, 12, and 4, and they all seem to hear things...
Kids are resilient and bendy; literally--their bones bend more than do ours! But most importantly they are strong and so, so smart.  But sometimes those bendy, smart kids fall into the same traps of sadness and doubt that we...
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Tips for Dealing With COVID in Your Family: The Sickness and...

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You have taken all precautions that you can… Staying within your “bubble” for the most part. You rarely go out to eat at restaurants...