With Lake Michigan so close to us now, my summer goal has been to spend as much time at the beach as possible. The beach is my happy place. I’m one of those people that can just sit and watch...
 As we drove to preschool yesterday morning, my daughter was screaming at me. She was upset because she didn’t want to go to school and decided to throw a full blown tantrum in the car complete with crying and...
With school back in session after break, you might be breathing a sigh of relief. Having the kids home for two weeks straight is hard! Although, admittedly, I miss them the second they’re gone. But what’s even harder for me after...
Throughout my entire childhood and adolescence, my mother was the caregiver to six of my cousins. Her sisters returned to work after having their babies, and my mother opened her arms and her home to all of their kids. At...
Four years ago, you came into my world. For the first time, and I had a baby boy who I could hold forever and love for a lifetime. A baby boy who could love me back and wrap his...
Nine years ago today, we delivered our son stillborn at 25 weeks and 2 days pregnant. The days, weeks and months that followed were the most difficult of my life. The story that follows is my son's birth story....
I’m not a teacher. Sure, I have this website that has some fun ideas on it that happen to dovetail with learning, but I’m not a teacher and before this pandemic a didn't give a homeschool schedule a second...
There are days that I wish I could carry less of a load – literally and figuratively. Figuratively I don’t think I’ll feel like this until my kids are older, but I literally thought I would be done lugging...
Recently I was at an event with other parents and everyone was chit chatting about their summer vacations. Their summer adventures sounded amazing, exotic and, basically, like a vacation Pinterest board in the making. Their family vacation plans “Oh we're going...
Dear Bubs, Today you are 2-years-old my sweet boy and honestly, sometimes I'm surprised we made it through this last year. There were so many nights I sat there holding you, praying the medicine would break your fever and hoping...
Everyone knows reading to your children is important, but now a new study illustrates just how important it can be to read to your young children each night for vocabulary and reading skills. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered a...
One of the hardest parts of parenthood is raising your children to be self-reliant, confident & self-assured. While for some kids leadership comes naturally, others have to be taught to lead. Here are some benefits to teaching your kids how...
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...
By Diedre Anthony of Are Those Your Kids? and guest contributor to The Everyday Mom Life   We are living in a very diverse world, and children begin noticing differences in people (and physical features) as young as 2-years-old. It's...
I'm a black woman of Jamaican descent and I have been married to my white husband for almost 10 years. We have 3 beautiful biracial children. To me, my marriage to him is pretty basic. We go through things most...
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When my daughter started school this year she had one requested; she wanted to ride the bus. This could have been her only request because she didn’t really understand what she was getting herself into by going to elementary...

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