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Every parent documents their baby’s first word, first smile, first steps, the first day of school, and all the firsts after that. Smiling and glowing with pride, we can’t capture enough pictures or videos of our little ones as...
Do you have a best friend? If you had a person pop into your brain when you heard that phrase, consider yourself lucky. How about this: do you have an ongoing group text with your friend group? Again, consider...
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...
Dear Second Child, I wanted to write this letter that is just for you because you don't always get the attention you deserve. As I sit here holding you in my arms, I try to focus on the weight of...

Small Talk is Dead

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It’s 2022. Small talk is dead. Perhaps you disagree. But before you immediately turn your nose up at my sentiment, think of your version of “small talk.” It’s probably not the tell-tale version of it. I’m not talking about a...
Once upon a time, I tried to create my own compost bin. I was tired of seeing all of the fruits and vegetables that went uneaten in the black hole that is my refrigerator's crisper drawers go into the...
Have you ever heard the phrase “change is the only constant in life?” I am certain this has been told to me before, and I likely brushed it off. I never thought much about the concept of change because...
My husband and I are both extroverts. Of course, we enjoy time at home, but we would prefer to be together than spend time alone, even at home. In high school and college, you would find us participating in...
This scenario plays out often at our house. It’s time for bedtime. I tell our child, "Daddy will give you your bath tonight” She throws a tantrum. She is three years old, and ever since she was a tiny...
When I make a parenting mistake, I own it, and I apologize to my children. Notice how I didn’t say “if I make a parenting mistake.” I have made parenting mistakes, and I will make more. I am not...
From easy crafts and recipes to some fun outside, make Earth Day extra special! Here are six kid-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day this year. Fruit and Vegetable Art Use cut-up pieces of different fruits and vegetables as a paintbrush...
I am still coming to terms with my son’s autism diagnosis. I was recently on a girl’s trip. These women know more about my son’s challenges and more about my struggles parenting him than almost anyone else in my...
Recently an old hymn popped into my head that I sang countless times growing up in school chapel and church. “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love” goes like this: “We will work with each other, we...
My four-year-old thinks that God lives in her butt. This is a non-theological yet logical conclusion in her developing mind. God made her. God lives in her. So God must live in her butt. I find this quite fascinating...

In + Around Indy

Guide to Indianapolis Area Splash Pads and Water Fun

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Summer has arrived here in Indianapolis! Grab the swimsuits and pack that pool bag because we have the perfect place for you to spend...
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