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Are you interested in being a guest blogger for Jacksonville Mom? If you're local and you're a mom (or have awesome and relevant information for local moms), we'd love to hear your ideas! Please review our Guest Blog Guidelines for more information.

Why We Love Our School ‘Family’

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This year is hard. It’s strange, different, and goes against everything we’ve ever imagined for our children’s education. Yet here we are, making the best of what we can and returning to the “new...

Fostering a True Love of Reading 

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I am the mother of a 4-year-old.  That sentence carries all of the weight that you know so well. As the pressures and judgments of the mothering world come down upon you, let me put...
socializing

We’re Still Not Socializing

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I was so excited about 2020. We started off the year in Spain, bringing our then 13-month-old son on his first international trip. As usual, he took everything like a champ, and we are so...
holiday shopping

Shop Safe This Holiday Season

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The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means holiday shopping, peppermint mochas, and festive decorations. But is it going to look the same this year? That’s definitely the question. It has been a year...
Independent Schools

The Independent School Difference: Independence Matters When Choosing a School

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I remember vividly the day that my oldest daughter began preschool. She did not separate well — she never had! Her preschool teacher (thanks, Miss Amy!) was so patient, and my daughter was going...
nemours

Sebastian’s Story: Finding Comfort and Trust in the Most Trying Time

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Who would suspect a simple bump on the playground could change the course of a family’s life? When then 8-year-old Sebastian Hadziavdic was at school in Jacksonville, Florida, back in 2014, a minor collision...

Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet

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While most of us (and our kiddos!) are getting ready for Halloween this weekend, buying costumes and organizing socially-distant activities, the last week in October also marks 5 Days of Action this year. Every year, youth-serving...
nemours

I Get Knocked Down… Lauren’s Story

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They call them “flyers.” The athletes you see during cheer routines doing high-flying twists and flips. Lauren Garrett, a sophomore at her high school, is a flyer. In September 2019, during a stunt she’s...
nicu

1 Pound, 7 Ounces: Life After the NICU

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The Newborn Intensive Care Unit. There are so many things I can tell you about the NICU. I guess I should start by saying it is the most overwhelming place a new mom can...
buying a car

9 Steps to Getting the Car You Want

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A vehicle is likely to be one of the largest purchases you will make in your life. By taking the time to properly plan and prepare for buying a car, you can save yourself...
mom break

We Need to Normalize Mom Breaks

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I wrote a piece on my blog a couple of months ago that, by my standards, went viral. In my opinion, it was pretty simple. It literally broke down, in a list of 13 items,...
explanation

You Don’t Owe Anyone an Explanation

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A lot of really cool stuff happens when you become a mother. You’re asked for snacks approximately 3,678 times a day, and it’ll probably be a good 12 or 13 years before you’re able...