Parenting

New Mom Struggles (that no one talks about)

New Mom Struggles (that no one talks about)

New moms inevitably receive loads of well-wishes, cute-baby stories, and more advice than they’d actually like to hear. But, for myself and many other moms I know, there were a lot of things that I WISH people had told me before I became a mother. The journey into parenthood – especially during those first few months […]

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How to Cure Your Picky Eater

How to Cure Your Picky Eater

Do you have a picky eater in your family? Do mealtimes cause you stress? Have you ever been frustrated when, after slaving over a healthy meal, your child turns up his or her nose yet again? We have had several picky eaters in our house – some of whom are just picky, and some of […]

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I’m Not Raising “Nice” Girls

I’m Not Raising “Nice” Girls

Do you ever tell your kids to be “nice”? Maybe that’s not what you should be saying. Today, I’m writing for the Chattanooga Moms Blog, and tackling the tricky subject of what it means to be nice vs. kind. Don’t think there is a difference? Check out my post before you decide. “My daughter doesn’t […]

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It’s Okay to Enjoy A Break

It’s Okay to Enjoy A Break

Do you ever get a break from your kids, or wish you did? It doesn’t make you a bad parent, and it’s perfectly normal! Today, I’m over at the Chattanooga Moms Blog, writing about the negative comments I got when I posted a picture on Instagram. In the picture, I was joking about how happy […]

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How to begin giving an allowance

How to begin giving an allowance

I’m over at the Chattanooga Moms Blog today, writing about why and how to begin giving your children an allowance. “Kids need to learn the value of money. Granted, it may take them awhile, but having their own money to save and spend is the first step. When you are in charge of what they […]

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Research Says Spanking is Bad. So, Why Keep Doing It?

Research Says Spanking is Bad. So, Why Keep Doing It?

I’m over at the Chattanooga Moms Blog today, writing about the research on physical punishment. (It’s not good….) I remember the first time I ever spanked one of my children. I was a young mom – 24 years old – and my toddler was fighting me while I tried to change her diaper. Without even […]

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Extracurriculars: Rethinking the packed schedule.

Extracurriculars: Rethinking the packed schedule.

If you find yourself schlepping kids from one activity to another, or are getting ready to sign up for your first extracurricular, hop over to the Chattanooga Moms Blog. Today, I’m writing about some things to consider when figuring out the right balance of activities and down-time.

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Young Children Need Sex Ed, Too

Young Children Need Sex Ed, Too

Sexuality education should start at birth. Yes, you read that right. When I say that you should teach your kids about sex, I’m not merely advocating teaching them about intercourse. Sexuality education with young children includes learning about body parts (use correct names, please, and not nicknames), good touches/bad touches, and personal boundaries, among other things. […]

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