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Where Do We Go From Here? Teaching Our Kids About Hate, Race, and Their Futures

Alton Sterling has died. Alton Sterling was shot by a police man, while on the ground. Alton Sterling was Black. I am a multiracial mom raising three kids just outside of Indianapolis. I easily pass for white, or at least racially ambiguous, and have my whole life. My racial identity always straddles two worlds: caught […]

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Lyra the Cubs fan

Dear New Parents: Sometimes, It Gets Harder. (The Craziness of Parenting a Toddler.)

My daughter, Lyra, was an “easy” newborn. We got the hang of breastfeeding within a couple weeks; she gained weight well; and she started sleeping for six hour stretches by the time she was a month old. I felt extremely relieved and thankful, knowing that I don’t handle sleep deprivation very well and am more likely […]

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Raising an Introverted Child {in an Extroverted World}

Last summer, my sister-in-law graduated high school, and family and friends came from near and far to congratulate and celebrate with her. As the party’s festivities unfurled, my then 10-month-old, became more and more distraught. I spent the majority of the weekend playing one-on-one in a separate room with him. We visited with the masses, […]

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Wanna Play?

Anxiety of The After-School Playdate

I went to my first official school meeting this month in preparation for sending our soon-to-be 5-year-old off to Kindergarten in August. The introductory information meeting was for parents to start getting used to the basic surroundings, meet the principal, and get a feel for the process of sending their child off into the world. I was excited for the […]

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“Ask Before You Touch”: Raising Kids To Understand Consent

Recently I was reading an article a mom wrote about her family rules. Some of the rules were pretty standard: clean up after yourself, finish your homework before bed, etc. But there was one rule that set her family apart: “Ask before you touch.” I finished reading and sat there dumbfounded, as I had never really given this much […]

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Lauren Dance Recital

Surviving and Thriving with a Special Needs Child

A happy, easy baby: that’s what our daughter Lauren was from the time she was born. She nursed and napped often and easily and started sleeping through the night at just over four months old. Overall, our beautiful blue-eyed daughter fit into our family seamlessly. She and I found our rhythm as mother and daughter, […]

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My [Home]Birth Experience, Round Two (Birth Story Series)

If you are pregnant and considering a home birth, this post is for you. Many people in the mainstream may have a terrible opinion of home birth, thinking that it’s unsafe, but the reality is that your great-grandmother and all her sisters more than likely gave birth at home. And yes, in America women and […]

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