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Over the last two years, I’ve felt compelled to learn more about how various systems in our area work in order to be a better informed citizen who does more than merely vote when given the opportunity. One of...

Mom vs. Daughter

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She was 12 years old, and we were locked in a heated battle over something so unimportant, I don’t even recall the topic. But what is seared into my memory are the words that followed the argument. My husband...
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The Day the iPad Crashed

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Our iPad was slowing down and hadn’t worked correctly for about a week. It kept turning off, wouldn’t load things correctly and continued saying there was no space available.  I was sitting in a meeting when I got the...
When my kids were little, it was easy to figure out how to be involved in their learning and school life. Volunteer sign-ups and donation requests pointed me in the right direction. Parent organizations reached out to let me...
Alright moms, raise your hand if you’ve gotten the email, looking for volunteers to help with your child’s Valentine’s Day party at school. Now, raise your hand if you’ve been scouring Pinterest, searching for the perfect craft or treat...
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Awardless

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I had a conversation with a mom I didn't know online yesterday. She had posted in a local group about how her daughter's Kindergarten teacher had called the night before to give her a heads up about an awards...
Finding the right fit for preschool or childcare for your little one is one of the more stressful parts of early childhood. There are so many factors - time, location, programs offered! Our hope is this guide will help...
Ask my seven-year-old son about the latest Dog Man book he’s reading and he will list every semi-inappropriate joke the series has to offer. Inquire about the most recent episode of Transformers Rescue Bots and he will go on...
As the holidays are now behind us and we are well underway with second semester with our school-aged children, it’s just about time for round two of Parent-Teacher conferences. As an educator, I often conduct one-sided parent-teacher conferences where...
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Cooking with Crazy

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Raise your hand if you grew up in a house with a feminist mom who was into women’s rights and breaking down stereotypes! The kind of mom that taught you Barbie could have any job and so you could...
I am writing this post while it is snowing. It has been snowing all day. It is supposed to keep snowing tomorrow. If you're anything like me, you're stuck at home and indoors when we have winter weather. Cabin fever...

My Sacred TV Time with My Girls

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After years of watching Disney cartoons, My Little Pony, and countless other kiddie TV shows and movies, I am thrilled to report that my kids' taste in TV shows and movies has finally progressed to a point where we...
We so often hear the negative side of youth sports. Trust me, I get it. I’ve seen the overly involved parents living vicariously through their kids. I’ve done a double-take when finding out a uniform costs more than my...

Starting Over

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I have reached the ultimate milestone in stay-at-home parenting, the day that all of us stay-at-home moms dream of, or dread, or a little of both: sending my youngest child (or children, in my case) off to full-day kindergarten....
Having a baby near the holidays can be stressful for a number of reasons. With fall and winter comes not only the pressure of traveling and family expectations, but also germs and flu season—a potentially scary combo when it...

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Spring Break Fun in Eastern Jackson County

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We had too many weekends this winter where the cold weather kept us inside, and we are more than ready to get outside...