Even before I had children, I always knew I wanted to try breastfeeding. There were many factors that went into that decision, but the most pertinent to me was that it seemed the most natural and obvious choice. Little did I...
It’s the month of celebrating love and I LOVE, LOVE. I LOVE IT! As a kid, I vividly remember making Valentine boxes (shout out to my mom’s patience and creativity), practicing random acts of kindness in school, crafting Valentine...
I’m not ready for my daughter to start driving.  There, I said it. I’ve been thinking about it for the better part of a year. I’ve been thinking about it since she turned fourteen last January.  Fourteen. That is all. She’s...
I am so ready for summer. Warm weather, bike rides, popsicles, and swimming pools. With all the fun activities of summer, we also see an increase in the occurrence of unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of...
Keeping a toddler entertained on a road trip can be difficult, but it's possible! We have traveled with our children from age 4 weeks on, and they have done a wonderful job in a car and on a plane....
My middle child: the protected and the protector. The big and little sister. The teacher and the student. The instigator and the scapegoat. The generous one and the selfish one. The lover and the fighter. The annoyance and the...
Regret. It feels like such a dirty word. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in my life. A few I regret. Some, while they were not smart, I know have shaped me and made me who I am today. Regret clings...
This post is in response to Katie's recent post, "Birthday Party Blues." If anyone knows me they know I love a good party. So when you combine a party with some of my favorite people in the whole world… well,...
I think one of the most common questions I get at ALL well child visits is about sleep. How much does my child need? How do I get him to sleep better? How do I make changes? Sleep needs vary...
I never knew how to answer the standard question asked of children. What do you want to be when you grow up? I had four dreams – to be a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a writer. And...

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