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From the moment I finished reading There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom, I knew that I wanted to be a school counselor. I had decent school counselors growing up, but the one in that book made such an impression...
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I woke up heartbroken today. I was dizzy and felt sick to my stomach. My eyes were puffy and I had a headache. It felt like I had spent the night drinking instead of sitting on the couch with...
Like most parents, I teach my kids manners, but recently I've been really intentional about teaching my kids to be more grateful. And that's no easy feat. Growing up, my dad was in the Air Force and my mom stayed...
Much has been said about this year's presidential election, way too much at times. We do discuss politics a little in my house but not extensively because my husband and I don't agree so it never goes well. We...
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My baby is starting kindergarten in a few weeks. While she’s gone to school before this feels different to me. It feels bigger to me and I think it feel bigger to her too. Somehow, this seems to mark the...
When I started my garden three years ago it was something to take my mind off the business of life. I loved the idea of being able to nurture and grow my own food, and while I knew it...
Do your kids know the value of a dollar? My daughter used to ask for something EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. we went to the store. When she was 3 we had a big blowout in the middle of Target when she screamed...
I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Well, as soon as I realized that I didn’t have the body to be a prima ballerina or the voice to be a pop star, I knew I’d have to pick...
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You may hate giving up every weekend of your life to watch your children’s 1,000 baseball games, soccer games or whatever other sport they’re interested in, but research says organized sports are playing a vital role in your child’s...

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