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My Kids Love Kudo Banz, and I love Parenting More Positively

Raising young kids is tough. As children grow, they become more independent, curious, and, if I’m honest, more headstrong. Seeing my children blossom into their unique personalities is so much fun — but it’s not as enjoyable to nag them for the hundredth time to put their action figures away or plead with them to please […]

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Looking at School Options in Des Moines? Consider Bergman Academy!

Located in the heart of historic Greenwood Park at the former Science Center of Iowa, Bergman Academy is an accredited non-profit private school, providing 3-year-old through 8th grade secular education. Class sizes feature a 16:1 ratio and emphasize differentiated guided instruction. With an emphasis on rigor and relevance in the classroom, the teaching staff is […]

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Things I'm NOT Thankful For

Things I’m NOT Thankful For

I’d call myself a thankful person. I regularly thank the people in my life. I always send thank you notes and even do so in a (semi-) timely fashion. This entire month of November I’m listing what I’m thankful for each day on social media, continuing a tradition I’ve had for the past five years. […]

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I’m Not Going to Step Out of My Comfort Zone

There are countless motivational sayings that urge people to step out of their “comfort zone.”             “Do something every day that scares you.”             “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”             “You are only confined by the walls you build yourself.”             “Jump and the net will appear.” These are just a few of these kinds of […]

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Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

Tonight I left a sink full of dishes, laundry unfolded, and toys all over the living room floor. It was bedtime, and since my four year old still relies on me to put her to bed (read – she STILL sleeps on our floor), I was needed somewhere else. Sometimes it feels like I am constantly […]

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The Kids Are Alright (And so are you, Mama!)

Looking back at my earlier parenting years, I can (sort of) laugh about all the nights spent awake, asking trusted Google questions like “ How can I get my baby to sleep through the night” or, “My daughter isn’t walking yet, is this normal?” I think about all the worry, over thinking, and stress that […]

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