The lasting impact of a teacher’s kindness

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Summer is off to a crazy start, which I will fill you guys in on later this week. In the meantime, I managed to sneak in a little writing time and I am excited to be featured at Mamalode today. The kids and I are in a good place right now, and it took us…

10 ways for your kids to give back this summer

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It has always been important to me that my kids build giving back to our community into their lifestyle from an early age. Like eating well, exercising and working hard, I want this to be a part of their lives that they don’t question – they just do. There are plenty of ways to have…

Kids anxious swimming? Try these fun books!

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It’s National Water Safety Month and summer is on its way… which means more time around pools, lakes, and water parks. If you are trying to launch your little ones into lessons but they have other ideas, there are great some great children’s books out there to remove the fear factor. I’m over at EverydayFamily…

What rocks my parenting world, plus a car seat trick for summer

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I love finding ways to tame my household chaos, especially when those hacks keep me away from the often overpriced children’s lines of products. I’m over at EverydayFamily with 5 unexpected items that have rocked my parenting world, plus a summer tip for your kiddos in car seats this summer! I hope you will check…

Summer is coming! Bring the fun to your mailbox!

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Given that I had my winter coat on four days ago here in Chicago, uttering the word “summer” seems a bit absurd. But it’s coming. And that means that this not-so-crafty mama needs to come up with ideas to keep my little busy bodies engaged. This past Christmas, I decided to forego the big gifts at…

Motivation, lizards, and the “spinny” place

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I can’t tell today if I want to have a dance party under my kids’ disco light or climb under the covers. I am in the process of making my freelance and consulting world more of a big-kid venture, and I have a distinct window of time to determine if my own gig is financially…

Donna Day 2015: Don’t just choose hope – Choose action

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Today is the fourth annual Donna Day, where we choose hope against pediatric cancer – and more than that, we do something about it. I’ve written about Donna and her story before, which you can read more about here and here. Each year, Mary Tyler Mom and Donna’s family and friends gather at the Candlelite…

Untethered

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It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve written here, or even stopped by to glance around. Even when I was last actively posting, it was generally just to provide links to my articles on other websites. This past year was, in a word, intense. There was a lot of good to it, moving forward both…