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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...