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It can be tough for parents to accept because it makes us feel like we have failed our child. It makes us feel like our child's failure is a reflection on our parenting, and we often either get upset...
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I get a lot of compliments on my children's curly hair (which they got from me by the way).And while I appreciate all the kind words about their curls, strangers, please stop touching my kid's hair.In a world of...
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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...

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