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My Heart Walks Around Without Me: A Girl Scout Camp Experience

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Parenting through the elementary years seems to be a gradual release, letting go of the demands (and some of the rewards) of mothering small children. Part of me welcomes the release, and I want nothing more for my daughters than to soar into fulfill... Read full article

Pandemic Retail Therapy: Shopping My Feelings One Click at a Time

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Filling a shopping cart online is fun, but it’s not as fun as filling up a cart in real life, at least for me. I am sure it has something to do with instant gratification. Online shopping gives that sweet dopamine release, but the payoff is delayed w... Read full article

Generosity: Curbing the Gimmes

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As most parents do, I often think about my children and wonder what kind of adults they will be when they grow up. I hope they will become altruistic individuals, giving more than they take from the world. But my children are constantly bombarded by ... Read full article

Boy Mom

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When parents share such great news, people should understand that they don’t know what that couple may already be struggling with- possible infertility, loss, or just good old “advanced maternal age.” ... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

by Mari Walker on

In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article



Thyroid Cancer: A Personal Story

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“I feel something.” Not necessarily the words you want to hear while lying on an exam table, but in May of 2016, I did. ... Read full article

Parents Need Friends, Too: How to Hang on to Friendships After Kids

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Maintaining friendships after your bundle(s) of joy arrive!... Read full article

Baby Night Walkers

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For many new parents, the most difficult adjustment is lack of sleep due to baby’s inconsistent sleep patterns. New parents are often inundated with advice about how to get their baby to sleep better or longer. While it may not be the easiest adjustm... Read full article

Quality Christmas

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We have become radical consumers in our culture. Somehow, more has become best. ... Read full article

25 Ways To Love The Earth At Home

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You can save as much as 10 percent on heating costs by keeping your thermostat set at 65 degrees at least eight hours a day.... Read full article

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