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From my very first school year as a preschool teacher in 2012, I watched my colleagues enjoy the excitement of their own kids coming to school in our building – starting out as cute and tiny three-year-olds and ending...

It Is Up To Us

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This month, we will celebrate President’s Day. Most Americans don’t pay much attention to the holiday besides the bonus, for some, of a three-day weekend. A recent Pew Research poll (conducted in July 2023) asked Americans to use one...
I gifted my daughter a mommy-and-me trip to the American Girl store in Chicago for Christmas. She had been begging to go for years, and at the age of eight, I felt like she was finally old enough to...

The Gifts of Grief

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In October of 2022, my grandpa passed away. Losing him was a loss unlike anything I had ever known. And so was the grief. In therapy (everyone should go to therapy!), my therapist talked to me about how losing...
World Teen Mental Wellness Day, observed March 2 each year,  serves as a timely reminder of the ongoing struggle many young people face. According to a 2023 trends report from the American Psychological Association (APA), teen mental health is...
February 14 is National Donor Day, which is an extremely significant day for my family because it honors organ donors. Over a decade ago, my mother became very sick. Her health deteriorated slowly at first, but then she was suddenly...
How can this be that it is already 2024? I spent 2023 healing, crying, getting an iron infusion, and spending time with family. I had therapy and became more pragmatic in my approach to life; I learned to deal...
More than one hundred and eighty thousand children in the state of Indiana receive special education services from the day they turn three to age twenty-two. These services are provided at no cost to the families and include services...
Why do I insist on doing all of the things? My daughter is still young, and some say she may not remember. Why do I stay up late to decorate a house so she wakes up to sparkling Christmas...
"Hazel, are you mommy's baby?" I playfully ask my three-year-old this question as we cuddle on the couch watching Daniel Tiger. She quickly responds with, "No, I'm your big girl, baby." I've asked her this question before, and I...
Please note that this post contains references to suicide and depression. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988 or chat the lifeline. Within the first...
"Do you think you will try for another?" When it comes to motherhood, this question is a tale as old as time. I have seen it asked in various ways in parenting Facebook groups. I have seen Instagram influencers discuss...
Lately, our four-year-old has been excelling at her four-year-old-ness and testing all boundaries. She's a powerhouse, so on days when I'm well resting and in the right frame of mind, I can find her responses and tantrums amazing and...
My mom was in hospice care when she met our puppy, Remy. Never a fan of dogs, she looked at his wriggling, fluffy body disdainfully and said, "I won't visit your house if he's there." Suddenly remembering that she...

In + Around Indy

Best Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse Around Indianapolis

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On April 8th, 2024, at 3:06 pm, a total solar eclipse will be completely visible throughout the continental United States, with Indiana being a...