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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...
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The Enneagram and Parenting: A Guide for Cultivating Your Type

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As a speaker, writer, and Certified Enneagram coach, Jenn Whitmer understands how who we are affects our parenting. Discover the gifts and cautions of each type.   Parenting is being pecked to death by chickens. Mostly...
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This Working Mom is Guilt Free and Full of Ambition

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A virtual friend's status popped up one day on my Facebook news feed, “Does working mom guilt ever get easier?". I scrolled through the comments where other women were chiming in, “nope, it doesn’t”...

Moms in the Lou: Welcome, Jill Devine!

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  Welcome, Jill Devine! This mom of two girls, and a well-known radio personality, is featured as our next Mom in the Lou! Where are you from? If STL, where did you go to high school?  Born and...

When Families Don’t “Match”: Teaching Our Kids that Different is Beautiful

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Kids are so impressionable, curious, optimistic. “Intrusive” questions and stares mortify parents but with proactive conversation and patient responses to innocent inquiries, our kids can have all the resources they need to be kind,...