My toddler cries at the front door. Mom, I want to go OUTSIDE. It's a beautiful day -- the perfect temperature. Yet, I look down at her and my heart sinks. I want to go, too. But I have to help...
It is hard to believe school is here. Even though it will look different this year, it is important to start our children’s day off with a well-balanced breakfast. Yet finding family-friendly breakfast ideas can be hard! A good breakfast...
If my time as a Mental Health Counselor and mother of four has taught me one thing, it is that open communication is essential for fostering a healthy emotional foundation for our kids. This month, hundreds of children will...
Back to school 2020 looks a lot different this year due to Covid. Each town seems to have its own iteration of a virtual, in school or hybrid model. Some folks are even homeschooling. I think we were all...
I never imagined homeschooling my own children. In fact, I remember going from homeschool to attend high school at St. Thomas Aquinas thinking, “That was great, but I’d never want to do that with my own kids.” I went...
We're back to school and into fall. This means cooler mornings, alarm clock wake-ups, packing lunches, and bus rides. I remember last year when my oldest started kindergarten. Getting adjusted to being "on" five full days per week, tolerating...
Happy New Year! New school year, that is. Though we're still a good four months away from 2020, there’s something about September and going back to school that also sparks a spirit of new beginnings for me. Just like...
There’s an entire ecosystem of safety around school buses. This includes road signs, traffic laws, the size, weight and construction of the bus, and the skill of the driver. It also includes the other motorists. For most motorists, driver’s...
The first day of school can cause a lot of anxiety for students and parents. While kids may worry about friends, missing their families or academics, don’t let the school bus be another source of fear. The bus is a...
If your children have entered middle and high school then likely they have started asking for the trendy styles and feel pressure to wear the name brand clothing that dons their peers in the hallways. And moms, I know...

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2021 Gift Guide for Teens and Adult Children – Shop Local

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Buying gifts for teens is hard. I think everyone struggles with what to buy for kids who are too old for toys but too...
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