Growing up I always had a best friend. Whether it was my next-door neighbor through the majority of my elementary school experience or the girl down the street when I was a tween and teen, close friends were always...
Middle schoolers are emotional, moody and sometimes hard to read. Parenting a middle-schooler almost requires a specialized degree!   As a veteran middle school counselor, there were so many things I learned about this age that challenged and encouraged me....
With Halloween fast approaching everyone at my daughter’s school is talking about parties with friends and dreaming about all the treats they’re going to get to eat. However, if you feel like the kids in your life are going to...
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As of Sunday (Mother’s Day), gardening season is here! I built a garden for the first time last year and I really loved having the fresh veggies throughout thesummer. Shockingly, the garden did very well and we produced huge...
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The things that my daughter has learned at her pre-school/daycare fascinate me. Some days she comes home asking me if we can go camping in the woods so we can have chairs by a fire and marshmallows on sticks....
My daughter is opinionated. She is 2, so that's to be expected. However, I don't think this is going to go away. I see it as a good thing for her life in general and a frustrating thing for...

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