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6 Easy Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Succeed

I always thought parenting would get easier as the kiddos got older. I was so very wrong. I have one child in junior high and one in elementary school and the challenges never seem to stop. It is difficult to watch as your children struggle, and middle school can slam kids with challenge after challenge […]

5 Things You Can Do Today That Will Make a Difference to Your Children

There is a lot of pressure on moms these days.  Maybe there always has been. But it seems that social media makes it so much harder to be a mom, or at least it can make a mom feel like she just isn’t good enough. We question our methods, our instincts, our decisions. Are we […]

Appreciating Your Daughter

I always pictured my life as a mom of a little girl as one filled with, well, sugar and spice and everything nice. I never envisioned the drama a little girl can bring.  I never knew that a girl as young as two years old could have a total meltdown over mismatched clothes and fashion preferences. Like a lot of moms out […]

Messy Kids and Restaurant Etiquette

It is no secret that children can create food messes that even Oscar the Grouch would admire. I imagine that many servers and bussers dread having tables with small children who seem to love to throw spaghetti and spit out veggies, but I was surprised when I saw this warning on a restaurant menu in northern Arizona. […]