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What You Need To Know When You See a Teal Pumpkin

White, green, orange and maybe even yellow pumpkins, are found in just about any pumpkin patch, but have you ever seen a teal pumpkin? I have. Ok, not in a pumpkin patch, but definitely on store shelves. Many see the teal pumpkins and think, “that’s pretty”. But, there is far more behind the teal pumpkinRead more

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Crushing Gender Roles: One Imagination Play at a Time

Gender roles.  What are they?  According to the World Health Organization, gender roles “refers to what males and females are expected to do (in the household, community and workplace) in a given society.” (WHO, Gender mainstreaming for health managers: a practical approach, 2011) I was not raised on gender roles. My mom and I ranRead more

What You Need To School at Home: The Ultimate Back to School Supply List

It’s August. For most people that means that the school year will begin soon (if it hasn’t already). School supply lists, back-to-school clothes shopping, or new uniforms are topping every parent’s must buy list. And every mom is praying their kids don’t have another massive growth spurt before school is up! All of the back-to-schoolRead more

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Kindergarten Readiness: 6 Simple Activities that Build Hand Strength

Let’s talk for a minute about Kindergarten readiness. As a mom whose tough little girl just finished kindergarten let me tell you something; Kindergarten is terrifying. The stress of starting something new, the worry about whether you’re ready, wondering if you’ve done enough…Oh, it’s pretty hard for your kid, too. What is it about sending yourRead more

When to introduce baby food.

3 Reasons Why You Should Not Rush Introducing Baby Food

It seems like only yesterday when I started my little guy out by introducing baby food. He was just over 6 months old, getting more mobile and losing that sweet newborn squishiness. O was filled with wanderlust, reaching for, moving to, and exploring new things. He was just barely starting to sit up independently, and our heartsRead more

Daycare advice from Moms and childcare providers: how to help ease the transition for daycare drop off.

The Dreaded Daycare Drop-Off: Tips From a Professional

The dreaded daycare drop off. Mornings are rough for working parents. You’re tired, under-caffeinated, your kid didn’t want to get out of bed, and you are rushing to work. However, you have one important step: you still need to drop your child off at daycare. It’s the most dreaded part of your morning (besides perhapsRead more

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Are There Benefits for Children in Daycare Environments?

Deciding on quality childcare for your baby is one of the biggest stressors new parents face. Do you? Don’t you? What are the drawbacks to sending your child to daycare? To a Family Childcare? Hiring a Nanny? Among all the fears that come with considering your childcare options, one of the things parents don’t oftenRead more

How to raise strong daughters in a world focused on beauty

How to Raise Strong Daughters in a World Focused on Beauty

“Mom, I want to be Beautiful,” my preschooler told me today. “This is about my own some-day daughter. When you approach me, already stung-eyed with insecurity, begging, “Mom, will I be pretty?” I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer “No, the word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be,Read more

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Mom Guilt is a Liar

Let’s talk about mom guilt for a minute. Mom Guilt is real. It crops up slowly during our pregnancy. First, the twinge of anger we feel about the CONSTANT nausea. The final trimester yearning for that long awaited guess-date- wanting to hold your baby in your arms, but also wanting to “get your body back”.Read more