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March....that escalated quickly didn't it? Normally, I would be putting together a fun list of local activities for you and the family to enjoy for the month of April.  However, it now appears that April has been canceled....ugh. Quarantine...
Being a clinical mental health therapist, I was thrilled when my kids’ school adopted the principles of the Growth Mindset for the 2019/2020 school year. It is a way to build resiliency, grit and perseverance. Our teachers at Eugene...
Without a doubt, it’s a disquieting time with the COVID-19 pandemic and the unsettling feeling of not knowing the future, of what will be the next update, what will be the next huge change to our lives.  Please know...
Hello accidental homeschoolers and suddenly workers-from-home! I have been working from home with kids and homeschooling by choice for a long time. I understand the worries. I get the fear. The panic. It isn’t easy. It’s especially not easy...
The Coronavirus protocol and social distancing magnifies my parenting insecurities and frankly, I’m not doing well.  Instead of small challenges I balance each day, these feelings of failure and questions are blown up and boldly displayed like an old school...
Offering help to a new mom is something we all want to do, but sometimes we don't know exactly what to do. New moms might not even know what to ask for because they are overwhelmed with all of...
Is Disney racist? I don’t believe that Disney is racist any more than a drinking fountain or a bus or a cathedral can be racist. I do believe that Disney is part of a system that is inherently racist.  Now...
We recently traveled by plane to Arizona with four kids ages 10 to 3. This is not my first rodeo and I've learned that packing the right go-to items to make all the difference. Each kid gets their own backpack. We...
Even with February having an extra day this year, it's still quickly coming to an end, isn't it? March will be bringing (hopefully) warmer temperatures along with later sunsets--I'm so looking forward to that! I don't know about you,...
There’s something different about hiking in the winter. I recommend you try winter hiking with kids.  You'll find the snow muffles the usual noise – you hear your breath and the snow crunch under your boots. On a sunny...
I often get asked: what are your hobbies? As a mom, I don't love this question. I have four kids ages 3 to 10. My hobbies are making dinner, cleaning up toothpaste smears, and doing laundry.  However, there is...

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