As a fellow mom of two (older) girls, I understand the importance of discussing menstruation with our daughters. It's a natural and normal part of growing up, but it can be challenging to know when is the best time...
Expectations were high. The time in my life focused on the all-consuming nature of motherhood was coming to a close, and as my last child walked out the front door with shower caddy and egg crate mattress pad in hand,...
A few months ago, my 11-year-old son asked me if we could go to GNC on a Tuesday after school. I thought to myself, that’s very specific. It had to be a Tuesday. Come to find out, that’s when...
Okay, Mamas: You’ve had the talk, you’ve provided the literature, and now the time has come... the first period. What better way to empower your daughter and further prepare her for this new journey in life than a period...
They say you never forget your first love. For the most part, it's true. But I am one of those people who would give anything to forget mine. It was butterflies... until it wasn't. You've read the stories. You've...
My teenager fell asleep in the car on the way home from Tampa, her head at an awkward angle against the seatbelt, her mouth slightly open. At a red light, I reached back for a stadium blanket and threw...
Puberty... we’ve all been there, and guess what? Eventually, our kids will be there, too. (Gasp!) I know our babies are growing quickly, and while we want to hold on to them for as long as possible, the real...
For more than five years, I’ve graced you — or possibly upset you — with the blogs I’ve put out here. And for more than five years, it felt right — and incredibly fulfilling. I was in my mommy...
Santa bribing me with a trip to the North Pole could not have persuaded me to miss decorating the annual family Christmas tree with my mother. Holiday music on? Check! Dancing characters strategically placed around our house? Check! Countless lights...
I absolutely loved the staff at my daughter's elementary school. As her fifth-grade year was coming to an end, faculty rallied around offering tons is advice before middle school. One of the things that were said that stuck with...
"Dear Lord," I prayed nightly for years. "Please keep us safe, healthy, and together." Safe and healthy made perfect sense. Any new mom, particularly those like me who suffered from a large degree of postpartum depression and anxiety, would be...
I’m sitting here at the kitchen table tapping away at my keyboard as my son is sitting next to me doing the same thing. We are both working on homework — he for school and me for Jacksonville Mom....

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