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school stress

New Year, Same Stress: Tips for Tackling School-Related Stress

Hopefully, the holiday break allowed us all to catch a moment or two of relaxation and peace. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with gifted, creative, and high-performing kids, I enjoyed listening to...
medically complex child

Finding the Beauty Amongst the Thorns of Parenting a Medically Complex Child

When you were pregnant, were you worried that your baby might have special needs? I was. Were you relieved when you found out that your baby would be typical? I was. Well, for many...
Villages of Hope

Charity Spotlight: The Villages of Hope

The Villages of Hope (VOH) started as a vision and dream to help female victims of sex trafficking. I started by visiting programs all over the country for inspiration and decided on using the...
home birth

Yikes! So, You’re Planning a Home Birth?

I was a nervous wreck when my wife shared with me that our next baby would be a planned home birth. My first thought was that something is going to go terribly wrong, and we...

An Out-of-This-World Approach to Learning

As a parent, we hope our children get a well-rounded education. The importance of children developing academically, socially, emotionally, and physically are all parts of that hope. We hope they play outside. We hope...
holy family catholic school

Finding the Right School for Your Family

Choosing the right school for your child can be one of the most difficult decisions you face as a parent. Should they go to the neighborhood public school? How about the charter school you heard...
santa

Memo to Magic-Makers: Keep Santa Simple

As I watched my 2.5-year-old lay on the cold, trampled floor of the mall, swarmed by other holiday merrymakers, teetering inch-by-inch toward the entrance to a Santa experience the local news had described as...
school choice

School Choice 101

This is the time of year when many of us think about pumpkins and hayrides, turkey and gratitude, holiday trees and family fun. But there is a less joyful thought that fills the heads...
boys are physical

Boys Are Physical

"Boys are just more... physical," she slyly said and grinned. "You’ll see." I was 1,000 months pregnant with my first child, a boy. Due any day, my friend Sharon, also mother to a son, was...

Why I Don’t Feel Pressure to Buy My Kid Christmas Gifts

Okay, please hear me out on this before you report me to the North Pole. Let me first start off by saying that my kid is in no way deprived of material things. He is...
safe travel

Safe Travel This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and we can all see the changes already.  As a parent, I’ve barely had time to either eat or throw away a few buckets of Halloween candy before...
baby face

Rude Awakening: That Baby Face Won’t Last Forever

From the second my first child was born, I experienced the purest form of terror I’d ever known. Yes, of course, I was overwhelmed with love and responsibility — and wow, was he cute!...