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My Simple Wish for Health and Happiness

“Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight.” Little N, my fiesty four-year-old, repeats this rhyme with her head tilted toward the night sky. She excitedly makes a wish on the first star she sees. She loudly says, “I wish I could go to […]

Mindfulness Can Save Your Child’s Life

We live in a fast-paced world. A world where deadlines, appointments, routines and the clock can rule our lives. The mornings can be especially difficult if you are a parent. We must ready ourselves and our little ones to face each day within a small window of time. We must fight traffic, drop off our […]

When Bad Things Happen to Children

I took a buzz feed quiz the other day and it said my most defining personality trait was “sensitive.” I suppose that is a positive thing. I am empathetic and I care. Two things I think we need more of as a society. The problem is that being sensitive can be painful too. It can […]

Teenage Suicide is a Real Threat

This week one of my local area high schools lost two 17-year-old seniors within a day of each other. Both allegedly died of suicides. I do not know the details and I do not want to be unsympathetic to the families who are reeling from such unimaginable loss, so this blog post is not specifically […]

Protecting My Teenager From Young Love, Raging Hormones

This is day two in my 15-Day Blog Challenge . I pulled up to a stop sign minutes from my house and saw two young teenagers holding hands and talking intimately. They were wearing backpacks and seemed to be saying goodbye. I imagine that they just got off the school bus together. I watched the […]

Trust Your Instincts to Protect Your Children From Predators

I am a fiercely protective Mama bear. I insist on holding my children’s hands when we cross the street. I keep my eyes on my children at all times in public places. I do not like them to play in the front yard without an adult present and my younger children have never had a […]

Are You Using Fear in Parenting?

I do not like when fear is used as a form of control on children. Real life is scary enough, so to fill our children’s heads with stories of boogie men and bad guys seems cruel and unnecessary. Yet, as parents there is this fine line that is hard to balance. We want to protect […]

Top 10 Reasons I Will Not Survive the Apocalypse

I made a mistake last night. A big one. I watched Countdown to Apocalypse: Maya Messengers on the History Channel. In case I didn’t have enough to worry about, I am now officially in freak-out mode. I have joked about the Maya calendar ending on my blog and with my family for months now. It […]

Preparing for the Apocalypse with Playing Cards, Fish Guts

I am not an alarmist by nature. I do not fear using public restrooms or flying on an airplane. I’m actually fairly good at responding in a time of crisis. I do not overreact or allow my emotions to control everything. Although I can be emotional, especially when it comes to my children, my husband’s […]

A Local Tragedy, Community Grieves

The children are in music class and I thought about quickly publishing a “Mom Who Gives Back” article or perhaps answering a couple of questions for my Mom-to-Mom advice column. Instead, I find myself thinking about the 17-year-old boy Bryan Glenn from my neighborhood high school who was found dead in the woods yesterday exactly […]