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What Would You Do with 10 Hours Alone? My Solo Self-Care Journey

I got in my car, and I drove five hours north. It was normally something I would have dreaded doing on my own, but this time I was armed with an audiobook and an...
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Losing Our Baby at 25 Weeks: Our Path to Surrogacy

The path to surrogacy is often one with more questions than answers.    In early January 2019, my husband, Seth, and I decided that it was time to start our own family. We met in graduate...

C’est La Vie! Why We Decided to Move to France During a Pandemic

My pandemic anxiety peaked around July. I could not deny that we would still be facing COVID-19 in the fall and needed to make difficult back-to-school decisions. This dilemma, coupled with months of political...
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Off to College During COVID: One Mother’s Story

When a child goes to college, it’s not a surprise. In fact, I trained for this day since my son, Bailey, was born, but his leaving was a day I dreaded. Ultimately, I wanted...
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I’m Just a Parent This Year: An Educator’s Take on the Pandemic

Jacquelyn Randle shares an educator's take on the pandemic.   As early as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. Seeing my mother and aunts in the classroom, along with my Barbie teacher...
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Giving Back: Involving the Family is Easier than You Think

I’ve worked directly with volunteers for nearly ten years within various organizations in St. Louis. One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “How can I get my kids involved?” Or, “Can...
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Suicide Prevention: Moms Struggling to See the Next Moment

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

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

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

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...