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Loving Your Kids Well With The 5 Love Languages

It’s the month of celebrating love and I LOVE, LOVE. I LOVE IT! As a kid, I vividly remember making Valentine boxes (shout out to my mom’s patience and creativity), practicing random acts of kindness in school, crafting Valentine projects, and sharing treats with classmates. In my adult life, all things hearts, pink, and Valentine […]

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Mom Confession: My Conflicted Relationship with Being Needed

I got into the mommy business knowingly not knowing anything. So when we had two kids of our own, the surprises were beyond measure — some heart-warming, some challenging, all unforgettable. But what still catches me off-guard repeatedly, even after almost five years of parenting, is the all-encompassing need. Need for Mom. Need for me. […]

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Support and Encourage New Moms

5 Easy Ways to Support New Moms

I think we can all agree on one thing: being a new mom is HARD. It’s tough. It’s exhausting. It’s stressful. It’s a journey. A beautiful journey, but a strenuous one. I think we can all agree on something else: a support system is necessary. I’m a huge advocate of supporting moms, especially brand-new moms.  […]

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Pelvic Physical Therapy

I Tried It: Pelvic Physical Therapy at Des Moines University Clinic

This post is sponsored by Des Moines University Clinic. All opinions are my own. Let’s just put this out there: I don’t want to buy my underwear in the same aisle where I pick up my kids’ pullups. But since becoming a mother, I’ve quoted the line from Billy Madison “If peeing in your pants […]

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Sleep Training Tips

Slaying the Sleep Dragon: Sleep Training Tips for Your Child

Here are a doctor’s sleep training tips on how to get your child to sleep through the night Did you know that by 4 months of age, 80 percent of babies can be safely trained to sleep through the night? For older infants and toddlers, almost all can be trained. Evidence shows that sleep training […]

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Adoption Kayla Craig Des Moines Moms Blog

What You Need to Know About Adoption

Every child deserves a safe and loving family. Heartbreakingly, here and around the world, situations arise when permanently staying with biological family isn’t a possibility for an infant or child. Adoption is an encompassing picture of hope, but we can’t ignore that it’s born out of the loss of a first family, whether the adoption […]

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