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My family and I just returned from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. It was the first time on a cruise for my kids, 4 and 11, and I was terrified of all the what-ifs — like if they...
Spring seems to have finally taken hold in Northeast Florida, and everywhere you look, trees and plants are sprouting new growth and coming back to life. For a region that doesn’t experience a dramatic change of seasons, early spring...
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'" said Fred Rogers, the iconic creator and...
I held my breath when we had the amniocentesis. The scans weren't looking good, and the doctor had many concerns. He looked up at me with heavy eyes and said that this life was not going to be an...
While Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, it is a holiday you can also share with your whole family, and it provides an opportunity to teach your children about the importance of caring for others. Valentine’s Day...
My kids were born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. They are 4 and 2 now, and they have never seen snow. I am not a "cold weather" person, nor do I own snow boots or a snow...
Every year, almost 70,000 U.S. people are treated in emergency departments for burns, and a whopping one-third of those are children under the age of 5. It’s easier than you might think for caregivers and parents to get distracted while...
The holiday season is upon us, and we can all see the changes already.  As a parent, I’ve barely had time to either eat or throw away a few buckets of Halloween candy before seeing Christmas decorations and making...
One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising around checking out the Christmas lights. We go with our good friends, wear our fun glasses that make the lights look like snowmen, Santa, and snowflakes, and rock out to a...
As humans, we are always learning. We have been doing it since the day we were born. It is something we never stop doing. I am a firm believer that every day brings a new learning opportunity. This can...
Perhaps the most heart-wrenching aspect of two parents who are dealing with divorce or separation is speaking with their children about the change. This can be is particularly tough for kids, who may find it difficult to fully grasp why...
As a mother of two gifted children, there are a few things I’ve learned and noticed over the years. One of the most obvious being others’ expectations that are placed on them once someone learns of their giftedness. With...

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