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A few years ago, I stressed over where to send my soon-to-be middle schooler. How would I find the school with the perfect combination of challenging academics without birthing anxiety and stress, a place that fosters independence without throwing...
Our twins have been mostly together 24 hours a day since birth. They're boy-girl twins — which means they're fraternal, boy-girl twins cannot biologically be identical — so technically speaking their DNA is no more similar to each other's...
When Jacksonville Mom first launched, the year was 2012. I had a very spunky, curly-haired 4-year-old and her 2-year-old brother. Nobody slept through the night, we were wrestling with car seats, and our days revolved around naps and trips...
The further from babyhood we get, the more the threads holding me to my children start to sever themselves. First step (pop!), can swing on her own (ping!), can ride his bike (snap!), first spend the night (kaboom!). You...
Okay, the word trick sounds desperate. However, I am not above any tactics of desperation if it means getting to spend time with my middle-schooler who now barricades himself in his room unless I’m feeding him breakfast, lunch, dinner,...
I love the idea of shopping, but in practice, it can be overwhelming to me. Looking across a vast store at a hundred different options and deciding which pieces of clothing match, what design to choose for a room,...
This is a true story about how I went from fairly normal, if not a little dramatic at times, to batsh*t crazy in the span of 36 hours. My daughter graduated from high school. It was awesome and hard and...
Hang on, you boy mamas of wild toddlers and sleepless nights, there is a magical time coming in your near future, I promise. It's the golden age of boyhood, and it appears somewhere around age 7. And as far...
The rapid increase of e-cigarette use, or vaping, among youth is a serious issue. In fact, the FDA and the U.S. Surgeon General have declared youth vaping a nationwide epidemic. Parents and educators in Duval County are rightfully concerned....
When my husband and I first started thinking about having kids, we talked a lot about what they’d be like. Whether we’d have boys or girls, if they’d inherit my husband’s dimples or my eyes, and what they’d be...
As we continue to acknowledge, uplift, and encourage autistic people, I would like to take a moment to remind you to listen to autistic people — not just parents of autistic children. Hear their voices and share their stories,...
Before having children, I just knew that our family would gather around the table every night and eat dinner together. That is how I grew up, and my husband and I cooked and ate together every night, so of...

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