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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...
Who are these gifted kids and teens? These are kids who enjoy expressing themselves through the arts, academics, or in other ways. I consider all children gifted, as every child has unique talents, skills, or other characteristics that they...
Check on your friends with high school seniors. They are not okay. Every day brings one more experience that I both treasure and mourn with the thought of "It won't be like this again." There was no preparing my heart...
Dear New Mom, I know that right now it feels as if things are never going to change. You may have quarantined all of pregnancy. You may have had a virtual baby shower instead of an in-person one. Depending on...
Baby showers are simply a given, and although I am a mother, I sometimes have no idea what I should gift the expectant mom. Frankly, I have forgotten what items I loved during the newborn stage, and as time...
Precious Malachi Hackworth is certainly not shy. The 2-year-old little life of the party isn't one to back off from any spotlight — in fact, he's the first to grab the mic to belt out tunes alongside the choir...
My parents wanted to give our toddlers a yearly membership gift to visit their favorite places. It turns out, there are endless options in and around Jacksonville! From parks to play spaces, here are some of our favorite local...
I dreaded it for years. The hormones. The backtalk. The eye rolls. Uncontrolled emotions. His awkwardness. My awkwardness answering certain "questions." Seven class changes with seven different teachers. The increased workload. Bullies. Fights. Heartbreak. We have only begun the...
"How was your day?" "Fine." "Is everything okay?" "Yeah." These one-word exchanges are all too familiar to parents of kids and teens. While it can be tempting to take those short phrases at face value rather than risk an argument, it’s...
"I don’t like it." "It looks gross." "I want something else to eat." Sound familiar? It’s heard in my house way too often from my picky 2- and 9-year-olds. When I was a kid, we ate what Mom cooked, or...
A mere three weeks before the grand opening of Bay & Bee's new location, life completely changed as we knew it. School and work were put on pause. Social distancing, hand sanitizer, face masks, and quarantine became a part...

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