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leukemia

Joe’s Story: A Battle of Bravery and Strength

LJoe 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...

Preventing Cancer: ‘I Did It For My Daughters’

Ten years ago, at the age of 25, I got a voicemail that would change my life forever. It was from my Aunt, who sadly I never had the chance to meet. In her...

Blessed Because of Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome doesn't mean disability. It means learning to see the ability. Down Syndrome doesn't mean life as you know it is over. It means your life is just beginning. When I was pregnant and learned...
covid and pregnancy

From an OBGYN, What You Should Consider When It Comes to Pregnancy and COVID-19

Navigating the knowns and unknowns of COVID-19 and deciding the best approach to minimize risk for you can be challenging. For many women, adding the wrinkle of pregnancy makes the stakes even higher, causing...
diaper bank

Families Feeling the Burden of Increasing Diaper Costs

Families who were already struggling to afford basic essential needs during the pandemic are now facing a heavier burden as the price of diapers rises nearly 14 percent, and companies have stated prices will...
report card

The Psychology Behind Your Child’s Report Card

The end of the first quarter of this school year is fast approaching. For many students, especially high-performing students, this means scrambling to turn in any missing assignments, checking to ensure their scores have...
prevent sports injuries

How You Can Help Prevent Sports Injuries

Sports help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn teamwork, play fair, and improve self-esteem. But which sport is best for your child? What equipment do you need? What as...
sickle cell

True Life: I’m a Sickle Cell Mom

Packed bags, bottled water, and Motrin — I am always prepared for a last-minute hospital night’s stay, to hydrate, or to treat the onset of a pain crisis. My reality is that I am a...
huntington

How to Help Our Children Love to Learn Again

After the 2020–2021 school year, how can you help children love to learn again? We all know how hard last school year was, but it’s time for a new chapter and a fresh start....
kindness

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: The Definition of Kindness

The definition of kindness is: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Y’all we have been through A LOT in the past 17 months. Some days we might not even know what day it is,...

Dear Parent, From a School Counselor: Talking to Your Kids About Back-to-School Uncertainty

Planning the return to school this fall feels a little uncertain this year. It’s definitely not 2020, but many parents are still feeling a little less confident about the kids returning to school than...
positive body image

Working Toward a Positive Body Image

Do you remember the first time you thought your body wasn’t good enough? In 4th grade, I remember a boy calling me chubby. In 5th grade, I remember sitting out of a pool party...