The Puppy Trap

One moment of weakness and now I have a dog for twelve to fifteen years. I forgot how much work puppies are. We already have one dog, a Tibetan spaniel named Buster Brown… Read More

To the Little Boy at Chic-fil-A

We were out of our normal routine and in a location we’d never visited before. This Chic-fil-A was bustling and the play area was full of kids – most of them bigger than mine. We ordered food, chose a table right up against the glass of the play area so we could watch the kids, and settled in. Mareto seemed to be enjoying the loud play of the other children while the rest of us ate and talked and made sure to check on him every few moments. Read More

Weekly Roundup: Best Family Products, Books, Toys, Apps, & More of Nov. 23-29

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to work on that Holiday gift list! We are extremely excited to announce the products to win a Mom’s Choice Award the week of November 23 – 29! They are all available to purchase through the Mom’s Choice Awards store. If you see anything you like, be sure to click on the image or the purchase link for more information! Read More

Surviving Survival Mode: My Farewell to Being Everything

There is pressure, spoken and unspoken, to do everything. To be everything. Feed your children wholesome meals and snacks all day. Limit (or eliminate) screen time. Keep them engaged. Get your pre-pregnancy shape back. Have meaningful and well-maintained relationships. Nurture your marriage. Have interests that aren’t Daniel Tiger, finger painting, and who has meat on sale this week. Make sure your two-year-old knows all of her numbers, letters, and can properly pronounce ‘quinoa’ before she gets to preschool. The list goes on and on. Read More

A Smile Can Change Everything: Meeting Bullies with Kindness

What if instead of fighting back, or even ignoring, we met each bully with kindness? What if we recognized that bullying comes from deeper hurts and that we don’t know the whole story? What if we understood that those who seem the most unloving and unlovable are the ones who need our love the most? Read More

The Science of Selfies

If you have a tween or a teen, the recent news that more people have died from taking selfies than from shark attacks probably came as no surprise. More than 90 percent of teens post photos of themselves online. And though the risk of death is highly unlikely, parents are naturally concerned about this trend that seems to be the very symbol of a self-absorbed generation. By understanding the real reasons… Read More

The Struggles My Autistic Sister Faced from Bullying

Growing up as the oldest of three children, I assumed the responsibility of the supporter and role model. My siblings and I were all very close in age, so my brother and sister were able to learn from my mistakes and capitalize on fun activities they watched me do. I loved my mentorship role and still find myself holding on to it each day. However… Read More

2015 Winter Holiday Bucket List for Families

Cold fingers and red noses. Cozy blankets and hot chocolate. These are sure signs of one thing–winter is here!  As we start hunkering down in the chilly weather, the holidays are fast approaching.

 

If you have kids, you know how excited they get to around the holiday season.  My kids ask daily, “How many more days?” I came up with a Holiday Bucket List for my kids to help the days move by faster.  Make your own or use ours and check them off one by one!

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