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Kindergarten Conundrum: A Quest for Education Perfection

I’ve fallen down a parenting rabbit hole. No, that’s not true. I’ve voluntarily jumped headfirst down this particular rabbit hole, with only a vague understanding of the shadowy end I’m hoping to find: the perfect kindergarten. Our son doesn’t start kindergarten until August. However, registration for many districts started in February, so decisions have to […]

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My Daughter Loves Princesses (And That’s OK)

My oldest daughter, Sophia, went through a MAJOR princess phase from about 2-5 years old. And still, at 7, some of her favorite books feature princesses, unicorns, or some other magical, stereotypical figures. We tried introducing other play themes, toys, and books to no avail. She naturally gravitated toward pink, tiaras, and princess dresses. At […]

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My Control Is Ruining My Kids

My Control Is Ruining My Kids

I have three kids, two of whom are in middle school. They’re bright, kind, well-rounded and, for the most part, make good decisions. But, I’ve noticed a trend in my parenting recently that has me concerned: I’m trying to control them. When they were young, I swore I would never be one of “those” parents. […]

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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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