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Suicide Prevention: Moms Struggling to See the Next Moment

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Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10.  Awareness is the first step toward prevention. Moms, you are not alone!   A couple of years ago, I was on my couch reading about a mom...
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Raising a White Boy in Middle America

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Being White in America comes with responsibilities to be embraced and fulfilled. I started taking inventory of those in our life, specifically my son’s life. I have a rambunctious, eager to help mom and dad,...

The Enneagram and Kids: Why Kids Don’t Come with Instruction Manuals

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Former educator, certified Enneagram coach, and mom of four, Jenn Whitmer helps us discover how to positively shape our child’s personality as she explores The Enneagram and Kids. I misplaced the user’s manual they gave...
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Wanting To Know Our Children Leaves Me Shaken

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To truly know our children, an unintended pause can shine a great light.   I run my fingers through her hair.  Each little ringlet curl stretches out and then bounces back perfectly into place.  I do...
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The Hunt for Fish; Swimsuit Optional

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My quest for family-friendly waterfront property in a landlocked state.   My husband Frank and I met in Boston, and he was raised in Massachusetts, a place where summer is used as a verb. An unspoken...

Torn Between Being a Mom and a Doctor During COVID-19

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Being a doctor means putting yourself at risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Being a mom AND a doctor adds a layer of internal conflict between the urge to keep your patients well, and your...
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Infertility Awareness: I Wonder Who They Would Have Been

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Flanked by my three little dogs, I’ve been trying to figure out how to begin, let alone write, this blog. Then the announcement came, and I knew. The announcement I think we all expected...

A Letter from a Mom Overseas: We Will Get Through This

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If you are going to tell yourself anything during this time of COVID-19 and quarantines, tell yourself, "We will get through this." Then, tell your family, and your friends. Let yourself hear it, feel...
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Healthy Chicken Pad Thai You Can Easily Make at Home

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Learn to make Chicken Pad Thai at home with a healthy recipe by Sarah Lenert (@healthyish_sarah).   How many times have you been determined to make a new dish at home, but when you start googling...
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How to Encourage Creativity and Emotional Intelligence in Young Children

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This post is sponsored by our partner Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool.   Creativity comes naturally to most children. It is easy for adults to view a child’s creativity as simple play, but the benefits go...