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Learning to Say No

Often, when I am knee deep in something in which I regret being immersed, I laugh and ask myself why I can’t say “no.” I am just SO bad at it sometimes. Does anybody else cringe at the number of “product parties”–Avon, 31, Tastefully Simple, Jamberry Nails, Mary Kay, Essential Oils, whatever– you have attended […]

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The Basics of Foster Care Training

29,000 That is the number of children in the foster care system in the state of Indiana. Or at least it was when my husband and I started our 20 hours of training three weeks ago. Training In two intense weeks, we chose to complete our training. I have to be honest and say it […]

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Let’s Talk About Mom Doubt.

For so many of us, it’s the storm cloud hovering over every big decision, every heat- of-the-moment reaction, every 11PM Google search made in desperation. Doubt. Am I sleep training correctly? Is my baby going to have permanent damage from crying it out? Am I a bad mom if I don’t make my own baby […]

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An Open Letter to My Sister

When I think back to my childhood, most of my mind revolves around time spent with my brother and sister. Ahhhhhh, such memories; some that are fond, some that are ridiculous and some that haunt me (Don’t think I forgot you two told me I kind of looked like an ostrich; deep down I know […]

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The Post Pregnancy Recalibration

I’d made it! Or so, I’d thought. It was a sunny but cool fall day in November. Looking back, those initial moments feel like a dream. I remember staring at myself in the mirror that morning and thinking, “is this really happening?” I went back to bed, and just lie there in silence. My husband, […]

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Teens and Technology: Setting Healthy Smartphone and Social Media Boundaries

Today’s parents of teenagers are faced with a challenge unique to our generation. We didn’t grow up with smartphones or tablets, and social media is not even two decades old. We are only now beginning to realize the longterm effects of this technology on our culture, personal mental health, productivity and families. In fact, many […]

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Being a Work from Home Mom Is Awesome… and Awful

Ya, I said it. It’s the sweetest gig and the most challenging of my life, all wrapped into one. I love my business, I love my son – I don’t love being everything, all at once, all the time. Before we were even considering having children, my ex-husband and I discussed how we wanted them […]

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