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‘Mooooom! Look what I made for you!!!’ It’s 6:45 in the morning, and I think I just got a paper cut across my face from my seven-thousandth rainbow drawing. So much for sleeping in. My day starts with refereeing...
I remember when I received the invite to my high school reunion, and immediately I knew the answer was no. In fact, it was a very, very emphatic no. But with “no kid” weddings, which are becoming more and...
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...
My elderly uncle recently passed away and he was a collector. A collector of stuff. Lots of it. Everywhere. In every closet, drawer, nook, and cranny. From trinkets, he collected in his world travels to his 1997 spiral-bound datebook...
Your coworkers are chatting about it. Your mom's texting you her daily score. You can't open social media without seeing it. Wordle is everywhere. I first tried it after a colleague shared her score and asked who was playing. What...
This time of year, I wake up in darkness. I walk outside to pick up the kids from school in the afternoon, hoping for some sunshine, but find only gray skies. By the time I’m cooking dinner, the sun...

Sleep Training Success

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The number one question you get asked as a new parent is, “Is the baby sleeping through the night?” With our first kid, the answer was “Oh yes, we are killing this parenting thing.” But with our second, it...
Replace almost every instance of “sister” with “mother” in Luisa Madrigal’s song “Surface Pressure” in Disney’s movie Encanto, and it’s me.  In the movie, Luisa’s magical gift is her strength. So everyone depends on her for all things heavy. In...
Have you seen the 1000 Hours Outside initiative? I came across it a few years ago and have followed along, but have never participated. The community is a global movement that encourages families to get outside and play 1000...
Keep your kids (and you!) from going stir-crazy with these nine winter-themed indoor activities. These activities are not only fun and easy, but they also use minimal to no extra supplies! I don’t know about you, but February is usually...
My husband and I didn’t find out the gender of our baby during pregnancy, but gender norms and stereotypes were absolutely a part of the conversation when discussing how we wanted to raise our child. If it was a...
Intruder drills are often as familiar to America's students as fire and severe weather drills in classrooms and schools. In fact, a form of lockdown and/or intruder drills are practiced by over 90% of public schools and are required...
This is an open letter to my goddaughter as she prepares for the birth of her first child. Dear Beautiful Goddaughter, I was a young Auntie at 17 and the most honored and appreciative aunt, especially to the cutest, cheekiest and...
Last month, my daughter came home with a flyer for the Penguin Patch, a school-based holiday shop just for kids. If you're a newbie to the concept, like me, here is the basis.  PTO volunteers run the store, and...

In + Around Indy

An Ode to the Monon Trail

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Every now and again, someone will ask me, “What’s your favorite place?” Throughout the course of my life, the answers have varied – anywhere...
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