There's a monster in our room right now calling us clueless parents. Did I really just hear that phrase come out of my teenager's mouth? Weren't we just proofreading her Spanish essay together? How did I end up insulted? I...
I never made a deliberate choice not to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. with my kids. It was something where over time, whenever the occasion would arise, I just wouldn’t go there. I can think of a lot of...
Some days I did not think I would survive my child maturing. Now, though, looking back on it, my teenager who will soon be heading off to college has not turned out so bad. Even though our Caroline does well in...
Here is some groundbreaking, how-did-I-live-before-I-knew-this information: March 6 is Middle Name Pride Day. When I was little I did not like my middle name. Growing up in Philadelphia, Mercedes was not a name, it was a car. When we moved...
Have you ever wondered how virtual learning can impact your family’s life in a positive way? Many families are enjoying their decision to delve into virtual learning. Flexibility, support, and vigorous curriculum are just a few of the many...
My story into motherhood is not unique except for one key factor. My family moved two times before our infant turned 4 months. And not just down the street. We moved from Seattle to Chicago and then Chicago to...
Before becoming a mom, I always appreciated Mother’s Day and knew it was a day to celebrate my mom. Typically, I celebrated all that I knew she did for me and my family. However, since becoming a mom myself,...
During my pregnancy, you could smell my crunchiness from a mile away (and it smelled of incense, patchouli, and a vague sense of superiority). I did prenatal yoga every day. I lived on kale smoothies. I meditated. I ran regularly...
I will admit, I am not a big TV fan, and I am even less of a reality TV fan. But, there I was, one day scrolling through Facebook and reading about Khloe Kardashian and getting really angry. She...
When I first started homeschooling, I was apprehensive about facing public response. I have vivid memories from my childhood of strangers reacting to our family’s educational choices. Homeschooling back in the dark ages of the 80’s meant that 9 times out...
As a mom, I’m sure you’ve learned by now how challenging it can be to keep your house clean. Between laundry, toys, cooking and eating multiple times each day, and belongings being carted to and from your car, there’s...
For parents of children with special needs, it can often be difficult to find activities for their children to participate in. With my son Andrew, who has autism, we tried soccer, t-ball, even dance; but it was incredibly frustrating...
Mother's Day can be tough to celebrate when you are the parent of small children; children not old enough to know what Mother's Day is, or to do anything without the help of another adult to let mom know...
Dear Friend, I read your status on social media the other day and you were overwhelmed juggling so many things - motherhood, work, wife, friend - and felt like you were failing at all of them. The first thing I wanted to do...
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Let’s Hit the Trails :: Top 10 Kid-Friendly Hiking Spots Around...

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The Midlands is home to a surprising number of family-friendly hiking trails. This fun, inexpensive, and educational hobby is a great way to wear...

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