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"When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways — either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength." –Dalai Lama Happy Holidays! Happy Halloween! Happy...
“It’s 12 weeks until Christmas!” my kindergartner excitedly announced. My heart stopped, raw panic coursing through my veins. “No, no, no, no!” I thought. Images of holiday cheer flashed through my mind. Baking. Agonizing over gift guides, shopping for picky family...
Did you get the crumpled-up flyer in your kid’s backpack? Oh, I did! Yep, it’s that time of year again. That moment you either dread or love — that’s it, RED RIBBON WEEK. Otherwise known in my household as,...
My son is turning 3 soon, and as we age out of Early Steps and start the process for Child Find, it feels like one chapter is closing and another starting. If you’re wondering about early intervention services for...
I’ve had the privilege of working for several different strong women throughout my career, and I can honestly say they’ve all helped make me more confident, in work and in life, and they have each given me the drive...
I have two magnets on my car — one is my older son’s soccer academy and the other is his middle school. I count hundreds of magnets just like these every day on other cars we pass by. Then...
"Because I said so." "I'm the Mom." "Pick up your stuff." "Brush your TEETH." Over and over I heard myself saying these things to my kids. And sometimes when I say them, I hear echoes of my own mother...
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....
My son started sixth grade this year and attends a middle school in St. Johns County. We are newer residents to the county, and so we weren’t all that familiar with school start times. I started asking around about...
It's not the spit-up or vomit in your bed in the middle of the night. Or the pee in your face from a new baby boy, the mud fights or Sharpie on the wall or digging Goldfish out of...
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE started a garden. I was late to the game, but I fell in love with gardening mainly for my reasons for doing it. It would contribute...
Growing up, I always had a great relationship with my younger sister, despite the fact that we are nearly five years apart. Being the stereotypical older sibling, however, I was very sensitive to any perceived “inequalities” between us. I...

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