Few things are more exciting for a kid than receiving the latest cool new toy or hottest game. But parents, take note: All that ringing, buzzing and dinging could prove damaging to a child’s hearing. Kids and teenagers exposed to...
Oh yes, it's wonderful. They are wonderful and amazing, beautiful and hilariously funny. But, holy sh*t this is hard sometimes, this mom gig. No one tells you that, not really, not fully. They rope you in with pretty pictures of adorable...
Wow. Double digits. I have to say, I didn't see this coming. Okay, I did, but not.this.fast. It was supposed to be someday in the far future. We did just bring you home, right? Hold you for hours in the evening...
It’s a fact that most of the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are preemies. In Duval County, 11.4% of all babies are born prematurely. While I’m glad that the NICU is there for all of those sweet...
Our youngest son, almost 18 months old, recently had surgery on his thumb. He was born with an extra digit — a third thumb to be exact, so 11 fingers total. We decided for various reasons that it would...
Just like most of the more formative moments from my parenting career, it all started as a joke. My awesomely quirky son, inspired by a conversation at his Catholic school about making sacrifices for Lent, decided to go all...
The emotional aspect of parenting has always been the most difficult for me. I have two children who are very different in the way they handle their feelings. My son has big feelings. He beams and bounces with happiness,...
For every parent, whether you’re caring for your first baby or your seventh, there’s bound to come a moment when you wonder “Now what do I do?” Our friends at KinderCare have 50 years of experience caring for children,...
Everyone knows breastfeeding can be hard. Whether you pump, nurse or do something in between, the process is time-consuming and exhausting. As a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been able to mostly breastfeed and only had to pump on occasion. However,...
It’s been four years since our son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. He was officially diagnosed the beginning of first grade and after much consideration, discussion, research and sleepless nights, we started him on medication...
Look at those muscles! Let me guess, you're a mom of multiples? (No offense, but I could also tell by the size of the dark circles under your eyes. I've got them, too.) Giant arm muscles (in addition to...
I walked into the high school to drop off my son's badge recently when I heard another parent engage a group of teenagers sitting on a bench just outside the entrance with their phones. "going to school isn't good enough...

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