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One of our biggest goals when we found out we were pregnant, was to still be able to travel as much as we did prior to a baby. From road trips, flights, camping, you name it, we were always...
If you teach a kid to fish…  My boys became quite the fishermen last summer thanks to a rainy weekend, and a well-sheltered boathouse spent on Stout Island in Northern Wisconsin. In a span of a couple of days, they...
Making the most of magical days like St. Patrick’s Day.  I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that being Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy takes planning, precision, and a heck of a lot of...

Tradition or Not, Let It Go!

The hardest part of the holidays for me as a mom is the expectations that I put on myself.  It’s not that I want a Norman Rockwell Christmas, but as my kids have gotten older, and with three of...
Dear Stay-at-Home Mom, Can I be honest? Sometimes, I get jealous of you. Like, when I picture your mornings, minus the chaos of hustling kids out the door to daycare. I picture breakfasts eaten without staring at the clock, maybe a...
“Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that’ll never stop…” Isn’t that the truth. We all feel it, parents and kids alike. But, we don’t always talk about it. The first time we watched Encanto, my 9 year old son...

Are We Really So Different?

Parents, like their children, come in all sizes and shapes. You pack your child's lunches for school with bento boxes and star-shaped cucumber sandwiches, notes of love and encouragement attached. I leave my children to their own devices (with...
The unresolved grief that permeates our lives, and how to talk about it.  Since the COVID pandemic began in March of 2020, we’ve all likely lost something —  some things little, some big. Some losses may have been final, such...
Staying on top of the clutter, not the other way around.  As moms we have become pretty good at the discard game. We're finding a new home for the toys our kiddos no longer play with, the books they no...
My house has a new room -- or rather, an entirely new floor. What once was the basement is now called the Den of Isolation, where Covid-positive family members go to hang out in solitude for five or 10 days,...
Kindness ˈkīn(d)nəs/: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.  It’s a mood, a feeling, an act that everyone deserves from those closest to or farthest away from them. Holding the door, offering to go ahead in a line, a...

Embracing our Imperfections

Kids grow up watching adults do everything they want to do, and doing it better than them. This can set up some pretty unrealistic expectations. Sometimes kids will start to believe that when adults perform an action, it was...

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The Truth About Fluoride Treatments | Dental Health Associates

What are the Benefits of Tooth Fluoride? First, it's important to know that fluoride is a natural mineral that's absorbed by your teeth and makes...