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The oldest child is the experiment kid.  We don't know what we are doing, and every new developmental milestone is another exercise is rookie parenting.  My oldest child is an 8 year old boy named Henry.  Over the last...
To send him, or to hold him back. That was the big question. Our oldest son’s birthday is in August, very close to the September 1st cut-off for kindergarten. The question was if he was ready. If we held him...

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Our family will be welcoming baby #3 in the next month and we are all beyond excited (and ready) to finally meet our next little guy. Of course, just the thought of adding a newborn with an almost-four year...
Local Midwife and Obstetricians Recognize Need For More Natural Birthing Experience for Women Needing C-Section—Inspires Change in Local Hospital Meriter - UnityPoint Health to offer New Family-Centered Birthing Experience                                              in C-Section Operating Rooms With one-third of all babies born via cesarean-section...
Written by: Bryn Huntpalmer The scene: it’s bedtime. You’ve just put your toddler down to sleep in her crib and have sat down on the couch for a much deserved break. All of a sudden you hear a thump and...
As I write this the last couple of weeks of school are upon us. I will admit that I always have a mix of emotions on the upcoming summer months. I love putting the morning rush and homework behind...
In true fashion when we go on any of our vacations I plan like no one's business.  I research where we should stay, what we should all do, places to eat, etc. etc.  Same thing goes with deciding on...
As we start making Summer plans, plotting out activities, sports, camps, vacations, and so on, personally, some basic Summer reading planning is an equally high priority. Reading is probably my favorite thing to do with my children. They sit still...
So…. I’m back. I took my two teenage sons for a sixteen day trip to China and brought home a new son. It was awesome. But really hard. But also life changing. How do you describe becoming a parent to a child...
  Be willing to improvise: Shoes = erasers for sidewalk chalk. Don’t pigeonhole yourself: It’s perfectly acceptable to change your favorite color daily (or even hourly). Never give up: Ask for chocolate chips repeatedly…somewhere around the 30th time you shall receive. Stand firm...
As spring break and summer is thankfully getting closer (wahoo!!) some of you may be starting to think about family vacations.  We are heading to Florida in a couple of weeks and for multiple reasons we are driving there...
So my title may have drawn you in as you think, “What in the world is this woman talking about?” Cell phones are great, right? We can stay in touch with people, we can use them in the case...

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