Birth Story #2: A Peaceful and Gentle Csection

Birth Story #2: A Peaceful and Gentle C-section

My second birth story was 100 percent different than my first birth even though both ended in a c-section. Education is the key to a peaceful birth experience. Knowing my options and what was in store for me helped me to make the best decision for myself by listening to my body and doing what
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Why Moms Should Flex Their Capabilities

Why Moms Should Flex Their Capabilities

I recently had an older gentleman tell me to be careful not to break a nail, while I was doing yard work. Okay, not really, but that’s essentially what I heard him say. He had seen me shovel and move a few tons of landscaping rock. The next day as I continued my work, he
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Write Your Birth Story Inforgraphic

Your {Birth} Story Matters

Have you ever noticed how women love to tell their birth stories? Recently I drove to an overnight retreat with five other ladies. I only knew one of the ladies, so my introverted self was a tad out of its comfort zone. Before the vehicle even backed out of my driveway, the woman next to
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The case against baby talk

The Case Against Baby Talk

Recently, I was minding my own business, attempting to get a bit of reading done, while the kids tumbled around at gymnastics. But, soon something grabbed my attention. I tried to ignore it. Like fingernails on a chalkboard or a broom sweeping across carpeting, I wanted to ignore it, but the sound would not go
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MontessoriAtHome

Montessori at Home

Maria Montessori said, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” She believed that by giving kids space to explore and discover for themselves, they would have a greater understanding and appreciation for the world around them. To help promote those discoveries and independence around your home, follow these
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Montessori Defined

Montessori Defined

“So what is Montessori exactly?” “How is Montessori different than a traditional school?” “Oh, Montessori is where the kids do whatever they want, right?” When it came to Montessori, I’ll admit that I was clueless about its philosophies, methods and even pronunciation. After all, my husband and I both grew up attending traditional public schools.
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The Myth of Someday

The Myth of Someday

I have a tendency to live in the someday. And, it has only gotten worse since becoming a mother. Someday I will write that great American novel. Someday I will go to Europe. Someday I will run a half-marathon. Someday I will go to the bathroom uninterrupted. Over the last eight years, I have spent
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CHD Awareness Week: Assisting the Bereaved

CHD Awareness Week: Assisting the Bereaved

Because I’ve buried a child, I have become a reference source to those who have loved ones with broken hearts. I never wanted to be the go-to person for advice on how to help a family member or friend through the death of their child, however, I am honored to assist in any way that
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10 Ways to Survive a Snow Day

10 Ways to Survive a Snow Day

School is cancelled. It’s the announcement that can cause kids to celebrate and parents to moan with dread. While the kids may think it’s a totally awesome thing to have an impromptu day off school, what they fail to realize is that in a few short hours (or less), they will soon be whining those
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The Case for Being a Quitter

The Case for Being a Quitter

Is it just me or do Saturday mornings look different after having kids, as opposed to before having kids? I remember how I used to be able to ease into the weekend on a Saturday morning. Well, if I’m going to be honest, sometimes it was more like Saturday midday thanks to the night owl
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