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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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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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kids are alright

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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single mom lessons

5 Things I Learned From Being a Single Mom

“Did you ever regret being a single mom?” my coworker Teresa asked. She slouched, tired and defeated, wearied by the strain of raising her four children as a single mother. Her question surprised me, and I had to think a while before answering. Because we love our children, mothers usually try to conceal the feelings […]

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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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Parent Like A Grandparent

Parent Like A Grandparent

They say grandparenting is the best gig around. And the longer I’ve been a parent and witnessed my folks grandparent (like a couple of bosses, I might add!), I believe it. All the fun. None of the responsibility. All of the joy. None of the worry. All of the high fives. None of the time […]

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Choosing Our Own Adventure: Why We Call Des Moines Home

Choosing Our Own Adventure

If you had asked me a decade ago where I would be living in 10 years, I guarantee Des Moines, Iowa, would have never crossed my mind. And yet, here I am, content as can be, in a city where I have found I am truly my best self. It’s taken me awhile to get […]

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raising a feminist son

How I’m Raising My Son to be a Feminist

I call myself a feminist, but I’ll confess that I was relieved when I found out my first child was a boy. Amidst headlines of high profile rape cases, sexual harassment suits – and the prospective peer pressure of having to be a dance mom because have you seen those costumes? – it somehow felt… […]

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