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An open letter for my three younger sisters: Kaitlyn, Malia, and Mia, in honor of National Sisters' Day.   To my sisters,  Kaitlyn and Malia, I would like to start by apologizing. With our rather grim childhood, I am genuinely sorry...
  When my son was ready for daycare, I was lucky enough to be starting a brand new job with a higher salary than I was used to, and my new office had a daycare on site. This daycare was...
In the last month alone, numerous friends of mine have lost loved ones in incidents that were not expected. A man in his thirties to a genetic condition that seemingly came out of nowhere. A woman in her late twenties...
My oldest son recently graduated from Pre-K. Because I'm a stay-at-home-mom, this year has been his true first school experience. It took my husband and me months to decide the path we wanted him to take when entering school...
Every May, students around the country throw on the cap and gown, march in single file to Pomp and Circumstance, and move their tassel. This year, my son will be one of those students, except I guarantee he and...
When I had my oldest son, I was often told “babies don’t keep” and to enjoy all of the little milestones and moments. Although I was warned as a first-time mother, I couldn’t have expected just how true that...
I’m angry about my options. This week I made a decision, and I wish it weren’t a lose-lose.  Usually, mindset is everything, yet real circumstances and generations of cultural norms are working my natural optimism into calloused negativity. Forgive...
Teacher Appreciation Week starts on May 2. Show the teachers in your life some love with these gift ideas. This list includes local and DIY options. Magnets Get your child’s teacher something cute and practical with these clothespin magnets. I’ve made...
My husband and I have three kids in a three-bedroom house. If you do the math, you know that two of the kids must be sharing a room. Before having our third baby, this made me nervous. So nervous,...
I was a middle school teacher for over a decade before becoming a stay-at-home mom. As a teacher, you attend professional development–to stay up to date on best practices, but as a mom, there isn't a formal scheduled list...
"Tell me a story, mama." This is the phrase often uttered by my three-year-old in the moments before nap time. I used to dread it. With a newborn and older son to worry about, I'd always want to rush the...
March 2nd is Read Across America Day and officially kicks off National Reading Month! Read Across America originated in 1997 and coincides with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Celebrating literacy and the freedom to read are the building blocks for our...
I’m not really sure how I ended up here or why I thought it was a good idea to space my children four years apart exactly. I’m pretty sure at the time I thought I didn’t want to have...
The single best advice I can give other parents is this: don't forget to study your child. I spend a lot of time giving parents advice about their children as a pediatrician. Sure, there are tried and true answers to...

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Picture this: You and your family are hanging out at home. It's cold outside, the kids are restless. You want to get out of...
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