It’s that time again! You hear the soundtrack of Jaws in the background as you head to the dining room table to serve dinner. “He better eat dinner” I mumble. Mealtime was the absolute worst for me. My son...
Every parent knows that the holidays are a mixed bag of delight and exhaustion.  Road trips and family and gifts and friends, the end of the year is full to the brim, and at times a bit overwhelming. The...
Imagine a group of children happily playing in a playhouse. Giggles, laughter, and squeals of delight fill the room. The joy of the children is evident and infectious. Now picture seeing several faces having a joyful smile that is...
I am a former elementary teacher. I taught for 13 years in all types of schools;  Everywhere between Kindergarten and Fourth grade. I also taught reading for small groups for several years. I loved it!!  Most of the time,...
When you’re pregnant you spend a lot of time thinking about your baby. What will he be like? Who will he look like? Is he going to have my lack of direction and clumsiness and love for reading? Or...
  Banned words  A recent exchange between a Facebook friend has been weighing on my mind. He was talking about something political and he used a word on the banned words list. For those uncertain, those words are ones that demean...
I tend to shy away from fads and trends. If a movie comes out that is all the rage-I will willingly and purposely not see it. Same thing with books. I can say I have never seen Game of...
Have you ever been out with your children and seen another family with a special needs child? Do you struggle with how to help your kids interact with children who are different from them? How can you, as a...
Most of the time we support other moms and not focus on what separates us. Instead, we focus on what brings us together. And normally I'm in favor of that. But, there is something I just can’t overlook. Now,...
  How do you say thank you to someone who has given you your child back? Someone who has taken a nonverbal child and helped them find their voice. There aren’t words for that. My middle son was born six weeks...

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It’s Officially ‘Halftime’: 5 Things I Want My Daughter to Know...

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Kids have many growth milestones. The first tooth, the first step, the first word, and probably the most sought-after, the first full night of...