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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...
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The Hunt for Fish; Swimsuit Optional

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

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

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

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

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...