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April is Autism Awareness Month. According to Autism Speaks, 1 out of 54 children is affected by autism.   I have been in the field of special education for the past ten years. Currently, I have an autism program where we...
Fun Sponge. That’s what my kids call me. And I get it. I say no a lot. Like Jennifer Garner’s character in her new movie Yes Day, my kids see me as a dictator, as a fun ruiner, as...
If we want our kids to have financial literacy as adults, the best time to teach them is now.    Do your kids get an allowance? Do you let your kids keep their birthday money? Or do you save it automatically for...
While maternity leave during a pandemic sounds like a nightmare, it can actually be the biggest COVID blessing.   It's 2021— it has been a full year of unprecedented everything. If you've managed to make it through this pandemic without a...
Spring Break 2020 kicked itself off with canceled flights and suitcases we were too depressed to unpack when we called off our trip to Puerto Rico because of the pandemic. Things were odd, to say the least.   We wavered between...
As a mom, coach, and friend, I know all too well how challenging it is to stay focused on the present, what is right in front of you, instead of looking behind or too far ahead.   It’s been a minute...
Registering for a baby can be extremely daunting for a new parent. I will always remember, as most do, my first anxiety-inducing trip to Buy Buy Baby. That place really should include a paper bag to breathe in for...
  I am a gardener! Every year, for the past three years, my children and I go into our backyard and decide what we want to plant. We pick a spot, dig up the ground, and plant. We go out daily...
In case no one ever told you: Mom, your feelings matter, too.   I follow a lot of parenting and motherhood-related accounts on Instagram, and if you’re a social media user, you probably do, too.   I particularly like to find encouragement in...
As moms, we learn to decode our child’s cries. A low, nasally one accompanied by the word “no” is usually a whine type of cry. It doesn’t signal an emergency. The other type sends chills down my spine. It...

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  Why do I love Florissant? History. Culture. Diversity. Hidden back roads. Amazing river views. 20 parks. And, the best neighbors anyone could ask for.       Florissant...