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April 26, 2021

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Life Doesn’t Come with a Manual ⏤ It Comes with a Mother

Mother-Daughter relationships can be one of the hardest relationships to navigate. Like all relationships, it doesn’t come with a handbook. You often learn together what works and what doesn’t work. Understanding and trusting the process can lead to at least 80 percent success – so I’d like to think! All I know is, from my […]

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April 21, 2021

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Being the only child as an adult is more pressure than I imagined

Being the only child was my favorite thing about growing up. Not only was I the only child my parents had, but I was the only child on my father’s side of the family. His mother had three boys, and my father was the only one to have kids.  My grandma finally felt like she […]

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April 10, 2021

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Getting your kids ready for college soon? Here are 8 admission tips to keep in mind.

If you have children who aspire to earn a college education, this one is for you.  As someone who previously worked in college admissions, I have witnessed some disheartening things. More specifically, these heartbreaking circumstances tend to be prominent among minority applicants. Bearing witness to such things put into perspective the ugly truth of the […]

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April 10, 2021

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One big happy family….In-Laws and all

When you say “I do” to marry the love of your life and start a family together, you not only commit to your partner but their family as well. So is it possible to be one big happy family, inlaws and all? In many marriages, it is not uncommon for one person to experience strain […]

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March 30, 2021

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Why it’s important to apologize to my child

Growing up, I don’t recall my parents saying Sorry to me.  Today, it’s tough for me to apologize to my girlfriend’s daughter Natalie. It’s my generational trauma. I remember being in eighth grade and an Honor Roll student. I was the student who did (almost) all of my homework. My parents, specifically my father, had […]

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February 26, 2021

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One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Dating a Single Mom

There’s this film called Trolls: World Tour. It’s family-friendly, filled with colorful creatures, lots of fun music, and a feel-good story. The main character Poppy, is on a quest to unite all the Trolls to be best friends and throw one big party. Poppy is a ball of positivity seeking to defeat the mean-spirited rock […]

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December 27, 2020

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Never Fight a Toddler Over Fruit Snacks

You don’t play with your fruit snacks     I have mental scars to prove it         When your mom told you fruit snacks were “all done”  Halfway into our drive to the beach    The fighter in you came out  When from the back seat  You saw me pull out another Welch’s     Staring    Like […]

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December 1, 2020

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Parenting With No Handbook⏤5 Simple Principles to Get You Started.

What if parenting came with a handbook? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! Well, unfortunately, it does not. Most parents do the very best they can to raise a productive, socially acceptable member of society. One with morals and core values, human decency, and compassion for others. That is always the goal of a parent that is […]

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November 13, 2020

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My Son was Born with a Limb Difference⏤A Mother’s Journey

Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting moments for the future parent(s). Picking out names and planning their entire life probably starts when you find out you have conceived. And oftentimes, the nerves kick in, especially for first-time moms. I met Ashlyn in 2015 when she was hired to support an […]

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October 26, 2020

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I No Longer Say I Am Not Her Father

By saying “I’m not her father”, I was giving myself permission to not be responsible for her whenever I didn’t want to. My girlfriend Jessica asked me if she could use a picture of me for Family Day while we were grubbing on dinner one weekend at her house. N, her daughter, was bouncing between […]

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August 19, 2020

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Mommy-guilt is Real. Learn How this Mom of 2 Tosses Aside Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood.

Mommy-guilt is not an unfamiliar phrase to most; it’s quite prevalent. For some time, many moms found themselves battling it alone and often getting crushed by it in the process. Recently, possibly due to national lockdowns, more mothers are sharing their struggles with it. Dayna Reed is a wife of 22 years. and a mom […]