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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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Age 10: The Most Bittersweet of Ages

I have two daughters. Both have reached milestones that have evoked many emotions. For instance, learning to walk, turning a year old, going to their first day of kindergarten, and many others. As parents, we celebrate these events, while at the same time feeling a bit nostalgic for the times that came before. No age […]

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Stop Telling Kids you love them

Stop Telling Your Kids You Love Them

While playing King of the Mountain with my pile of laundry, I looked at the clock and realized it was time to leave for an appointment. I reached for my shoes and only found one next to me. So, I did what I always do. I called for my 9 year old to help me […]

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Choose Joy

Crayons. Everywhere. On the table, under the table, possibly a piece in her mouth. The resident toddler prefers them scattered everywhere. Perhaps that’s how she best creates.  A little voice at the side of my bed wakes me at 1:30 a.m. with a shakey “Mommy? I just threw up.” We stumble toward their bed to strip, […]

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Meet Kayla Craig

I’m Kayla Craig, and I’m thrilled to join Des Moines Moms Blog team as project coordinator and contributor. After five years away from the Des Moines metro, I’m so thrilled to have moved back to central Iowa (Urbandale!) and grateful to be putting down roots here for our family of six. When I’m not reheating my […]

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