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The 5-Question Kindergarten Readiness Quiz

I’ve got a five-year old. And we’re not going to kindergarten next year. It’s a big statement. But for more reasons than I can list, we need to wait. If you’re a parent who’s on the fence about what to do come next fall…ask yourself these five questions in my article on Parent.co and see where you land. Are you on the fence? How old were you when you started kindergarten? Save Save

Power in Motherhood: The Advocate

There is power in motherhood. Both the gain and its release. It will call you to give everything and fight for everything all at the same time. That’s why I wrote this piece for Tribe Magazine’s Power in Motherhood Short Story series. I am an advocate and that gives me a strength I could never summon on my own. When have you found strength in unexpected places? Save

The Chicken that Triggered the Baby Train (of Thought)

A chicken made me want to have another baby. It sounds like the opening to a joke. A large portion of my life does. You see, I tutor to help pay the bills and also because I will never quite leave my teacher self behind. I love to geek out to Ken Kesey and thesis statements. I love all my pens in various colors for various purposes. I love the knowledge I get to pass

On Reacting to Trauma (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #17)

MATTHEW 26:36-38, 40, 43 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 40 Then he returned

10 Places that Offer Special Days for Special Needs

I love the gopher game at Chuck E Cheese and I love children’s theater with their larger-than-life performances. I love Pixar movies on the big screen and I love trampoline parks if everyone knows to play nice and not double bounce me. But some places are just too loud, too crowded, or too much sensory overload for children with special needs. Luckily, these 10 places offer “special days” with a calmer and MUCH more enjoyable

This is the Song That Never Ends: Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Hitting Repeat

It turns out kids aren’t the only ones that play favorites. Before you roll your eyes at Paw Patrol or Moana, you need to check your playlist. We all do it. And you know what, it’s totally normal. And may even be psychologically beneficial. Now you can listen to all the Adele and watch all the reruns of Seinfeld you want and I’m thinking out loud and telling you why on Parent.co. What’s your favorite

7 Ways to Dive Into Those April Showers

Spring is here! Everybody jump up and down and clap real loud and shed the layers…and then stay inside, because it’s April and it’s raining. Not a chance in our house. We would live outside if it were socially acceptable and we didn’t have a mortgage (might as well get your money’s worth, right?). In an effort to embrace the mud and wet and mess that will precede May flowers, here are 7 ways you

A Country Music Love Affair

The saying, “that’s music to my ears,” usually speaks of something good. “Here, honey, I’ll take that screaming kid off your hand.” –Music to my ears. “Here’s a free cinnamon roll with your coffee.” –Music to my ears. “Here’s your tax refund.” –MUSIC TO MY EARS. But doesn’t it also imply the music is something you’d choose? You wouldn’t skip past it on Pandora. You might even make a Spotify playlist. Country music is NOT

On Praying for Yourself (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #16)

1 CHRONICLES 4:10 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.   When naptime is declared irrelevant by people who don’t come up to my waist, I pray for sleep. When it’s pouring down rain and I’ve got Charlie with me

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