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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...
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...
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...
"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...
Growing up as an only child in a single-parent family, I often felt lonely, and I fantasized about what my future family would look like. I dreamed of a houseful of obedient, perfectly well-behaved children—all girls in matching dresses...
“It’s important for children to see themselves reflected in their toys.”  It is 11:48 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and this quote from psychologist Dr. Amber A. Hewitt is drumming through my brain as I close out another unsuccessful hour...
After welcoming our second son last summer, I am done having babies. For many women, this decision comes with a lot of emotional weight. But I have known for many years that two was our number, and I embraced...
I am one in eight. One in eight couples are affected by infertility in the United States. If you knew me during the time of our struggles, you would have never guessed it, though. My husband and I struggled in silence...

Paper Plate Mom

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The irony is not lost on me that as I type this article, it is over a month late. An article about making life easier, about tackling small, manageable tasks in order to achieve your goals, has been put...
Becoming a mom in a foreign country wasn't in my plans when I first moved to Indy from Mexico in August 2019. I had no idea what the future held for me. With nothing much to do and wanting...
Recently, this tearful video deeply resonated with me, capturing the persistent challenges that accompany every age and stage of parenting. As I navigate this adventure with my family, I've reflected on this collection of unexpected challenges that continue to...

I Love You, Bro

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I stand close by as he impatiently corrects a couple of missed problems on his math homework. I make myself busy putting away clean dishes, knowing all too well that he'll get frustrated if I hover. I notice his...

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...