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Could This Be the Secret to Reducing Stress?

“We finished our collection process with a new sense of ease and smiles. I wasn’t looking at my watch or checking my email. I was just out there observing, seeing, noticing with Meadow.”

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7 Powerful Things My Daughter Needs to Know Before Middle School

“Every part of you is beautiful and perfect, designed for anything and everything YOU want it to do.”

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To the Mother of a Child with a Disability This Mother’s Day

“Some of you may have never even heard your child call you ‘Mom.’ But they know you are Mom.”

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Raising a Child with Autism Can Be Lonely but It Doesn’t Have to Be

“The best way for your friends and family to support you as a parent raising a child with autism is to tell them. Tell them about your child. Tell them about your struggles, your child’s struggles, strengths, passions, victories, and all the things.”

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New Research Finds *This* Is the Best Place in the World to Raise a Child

This new survey shows how parents in America feel about raising children.

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How My Son’s Diagnosis Taught Me More about Myself

“My entire life was changed two years ago by one word. But it’s the best change that could have happened to me.”

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Distance for Christmas

“The thing is, Christmas started with a little family all alone in a manger. Cast aside, afraid, nowhere to go, they hunkered down together in a stable, the animals their only company.”

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The Year of the Forgotten Children

“​​​​​​​With all my might, I will push to be the brightest beaming lighthouse he needs, to navigate this life, but I am just one light in this dark, wide ocean.”

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How to Manage Family Conflict during COVID

“We can’t change that facts, but we can be prepared with strategies like the ones suggested above to help smooth over the struggles brought upon by the unprecedented difficulties we are all living through at this time.”

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A Letter to Our Teachers: Thank You for Keeping Us Going

“You’ve shown up for my kids with the same loving-but-‘Let’s get down to business’ attitude they’ve known all school year—even as the weight of working from home amid a pandemic has become so big you’ve probably felt like you can’t always carry it.”

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We Must Help Our Girls Take Off Their Masks

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Superheroes have made a real comeback these last few years and I am especially pleased to see the burgeoning popularity of girl power and empowerment with heroines such as Bat Girl, Super Girl and Super woman. Girls need strong…

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We All Need This Pandemic Pick-Me-Up Poem Right Now

The world is a little wacky at the moment but this poem will help make it feel less so.

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Lessons in Surviving the Oilfield Wife Life

These are the lessons I learned that allowed me to grow into a strong and resilient mother while my husband worked in the dangerous oilfields, sometimes without ever seeing him for weeks on end.

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Sometimes, Being a Mom Can Be So Lonely—But Here’s What I Do to Cope

I’ve come to realize that for me, what has kept that loneliness and isolation at bay, are the connections I’ve made with other moms.

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Quality Time Over Quantity: What Our Kids *Really* Need from Us

Get the kids to school then get to work, or get back home to care for younger children during the day. Pick up the kids from school and make sure they get to their after-school activities. Get everyone home, get…

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How the Kindness of a Stranger at IHOP Lessened My Single Mom Loneliness

It was our final day of Disneyland, and I was feeling like a world champion. I had planned and paid for this trip, arranged for pet care with my standard multiple pages of instructions, packed for every possible mother-son contingency,…

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3 Things We Can Do to Care For Kids with Special Needs

Photo: Mallory Harris
As the parent of a special needs child, it is a nightmare to know that someone can hurt an innocent child or adult who has no cognitive understanding of hate. Over 14% of school aged children are…

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To the Mom in Her Moment of Weakness

To the Mom in her moment of weakness,
I want you to know I hear you. I want you to know I understand. I know what it’s like to have this vision, this idea in your head of how you…

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My Best Friend is Having a Baby Today. Will I Lose a Best Friend Tomorrow?

Photo: Jen Setteducato
Excitement. Nervousness. Joy.
This is what I’m feeling as my best friend goes to the hospital today to have her baby. I sit here thinking that the person who I’ve been close to since third grade, who…

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Be In Control of your Kid’s Safety Even While You’re Away

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Parents are the most paranoid human beings in the world, and they have every right to be. If they could watch over their kids 24/7, they would. But parents have to go to work, pick up…

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Finding Independence as a Mother

I am a 29-year-old, work-from-home (and everything in-between) mother to one beautiful and vivacious daughter. It is now June and Gemini season, and I have another five days to enjoy my glorious 20s.  That’s right. I am turning 30 people!…

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To the families of the NICU

                I was you. I know your struggles.  I know your grief.  I know your pain in a way that only a parent who has walked those halls day in and day out…

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Happy Mom Tip #28: Spend Some Time Alone

This week’s tip: Spend Some Time Alone
A Harvard study indicates that a bit of solitude can make us more capable of empathy
towards others. Empathy is one of the foundations of happiness, in part because the social connections empathy…

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