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Now that school has begun, and we have gotten back in the swing of our morning routine, I thought I would share some tips and ideas for packing school lunches that are fun and appealing to kids! My daughter...
When I was first approached about becoming PTA President at my son’s elementary school, my initial response was, “Heck no!” I didn’t think I was the right person for the position, as there were other PTA board members I felt...
In the midst of my second year hosting a home preschool co-op, we've attempted numerous experiments and activities with our toddlers and preschoolers. Unfortunately, not all of them were successful, easy, or engaging enough for the kids. Some took...
Preparation for a parent-teacher conference actually begins at orientation — when you don’t even know if you’ll need one! What tools are teachers using to communicate with parents? How will you access these tools? Once you have the answers...
At 2-and-a-half years old, my son, William, showed early signs of spectrum behavior and received services from Early Steps. With a recommendation from our pediatrician, we were able to get our son privately evaluated and diagnosed with autism by a...
You know the feeling you get while strapped to a rollercoaster that is slowly ticking uphill? When you arrive at the top, just before the giant drop, there is a slight pause. In that moment, you are bursting with...
This time of year is hectic. School is back in session. Orientations, open houses, meeting the teachers, and the chaos of back-to-school shopping are all behind us. You are almost through the transition to the school year routine when...
I daydreamed for years about what to name my children. (My favorite character from the Brady Bunch, Cindy, became a no-go-name for me in fourth grade when the meanest girl at summer camp was also named Cindy.) When I...
Being a parent is hard — this is a universally accepted truth. You hear it all the time before you have kids, and once they arrive, you realize just how true it is. My oldest child just started Kindergarten,...
Are you looking for places you can take your kids that you don't need to constantly say "no, no...don't do that, don't climb on that, don't go over there, don't touch that... don't, don't, don't..."?  Would you rather say... "What's...
In case you didn't know it, you're strong. SUPER strong. You lift babies out of cribs, off the ground, out of car seats, wrestle them for a diaper change, carry bigger kids when they're too tired to walk, squat down to...
If you've read any of my posts for Jacksonville Moms Blog over the past couple of years, then you probably know I'm a card-carrying Navy Wife- and that at any given time, my husband is probably somewhere far from...

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