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My first blog about motherhood was in 2014. My oldest was headed to middle school, and I was lamenting about mood swings and conversations about sex. I reread that blog now, as I have one now in college, and...
Staying in Jacksonville for spring break doesn't have to be boring, especially with all the places you can explore! There are always things to do, places to go, and people to see in the Jacksonville area and beyond. With...
In six months, my son will be headed off to college just one year after my daughter started her freshman year. As my husband and I have navigated college applications, school choices, and the seemingly never-ending expenses that come...
I'm in the "middle years" of parenting. Somehow, I got here without even blinking. I went very quickly from two in diapers, to two in preschool, to two in elementary school, and now with one clinging to elementary school...
As of three days ago, I have a teenager. He’s thrilled; I’m nervous. He’s not full-blown into the apathetic attitude and “Mom, you’re embarrassing me,” but I’m preparing for that rite of passage. Even though the road ahead may...
Remember the spring of 2020? When schools closed and parents across the country celebrated teachers and all the amazing things they do? Parents struggled to find a new normal and our appreciation of teachers was at an all-time high....
Prioritizing one-on-one time with my children daily has been fantastic for our relationship. I grew up the oldest of seven children, and I have very few individual memories with my parents. I have no doubt as a first child,...
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! — but really, the overarching...
As a mother of two gifted children, there are a few things I’ve learned and noticed over the years. One of the most obvious being others’ expectations that are placed on them once someone learns of their giftedness. With...
Bedtime at our house takes around two hours. I know, that sounds ridiculous. And some nights it really is. But most nights it's the norm, and I don't want to change it. While I'm often tired, behind on laundry and...
My kids have always been close. They are a year and a half apart, and despite being opposites in many ways, they have always loved playing together and shared a special bond. From toddler hugs and giggles to school-aged...
Changes are happening, and you and your child are starting to notice. Sudden physical growth, a deepening voice, hair in different places, unexpected odors. For many boys and girls, puberty can occur any time between the ages of 8...

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