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The New Frontier: Career Academies in High School

Imagine your teen’s high school offering hands-on experience in aviation, logistics, food services, IT, or early childhood education. This is a world where young people learn their academic core courses at the same time...
sensory

The Sensory Nightmare Before Christmas

Holiday lights, the scents of the season, family hugs, and cheers of joy... can all lead to a sensory integration nightmare for many of our kids. So instead of “grinching out” on your kids if...
mom in twenties

The Truth About Becoming a Mom in Your Early Twenties

Five months after my 21st birthday, my husband and I decided to start trying to have a baby. I know what you’re thinking — are you insane?! You’re so young! You just started legally...
school choice

School Choice 101

An abundance of school choice is truly one of the privileges of living in Jacksonville and the State of Florida. But let’s be honest, parents: The magnitude of the decision about where to send...
holiday traditions

When Our Older Kids Lose Interest in Our Family Holiday Traditions

Santa bribing me with a trip to the North Pole could not have persuaded me to miss decorating the annual family Christmas tree with my mother. Holiday music on? Check! Dancing characters strategically placed around...
mesothelioma

3 Things You Need to Know As a Parent With Cancer

After giving birth to my first son 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have ever thought in a million years that I would be diagnosed with cancer. During my pregnancy around month four, while having an...

Three Gifts Adoption Has Given Me (That Isn’t My Daughter)

One of the first things out of the mouths of most well-meaning people (usually old ladies in the Publix checkout line) when they discover my daughter is adopted is, “Oh, what a gift!” Cue...
family text thread

Why I View My Family Text Thread As an Answered Prayer

"Dear Lord," I prayed nightly for years. "Please keep us safe, healthy, and together." Safe and healthy made perfect sense. Any new mom, particularly those like me who suffered from a large degree of postpartum...
nightmares

Lions, Tigers, Bears… and Nightmares!

I just wanted to go back to sleep. I must have been 8... maybe 9 years old at the time. I was traveling from the kitchen to my room after having a glass of water....
leukemia

Joe’s Story: A Battle of Bravery and Strength

Joe DeWaele’s story is one that is filled with bravery, strength, fear, laughter, and ultimately, love. My son Joe was just 8 years old when he was diagnosed with hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia on...
back to school

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: Easing Back to School — Practice, Celebrate, Read!

It’s that time of year again... back to school time! As a preschool teacher, I always get so excited to see school supplies line the shelves. That means one thing — it’s almost time...
back to school transition

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: 5 Ways to Make the Back-to-School Transition Run Smoothly

As a mom and a teacher, I am always shocked by how fast the summers fly by. I feel like just as I am starting to settle into a nice, relaxing summertime routine —...