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Bike Riding Without Training Wheels – A Lesson I Did Not Teach

I didn’t teach my daughter to ride her bike without training wheels, but my husband did. He also taught me a lesson: mindset is everything. Sometimes my six-year-old daughter cries at even the thought of failure. But other times, she is fearless and easily conquers her challenges. Two years ago, we traded out the tricycle […]

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My Kid Won’t Be Friends With Everyone, and That’s OK.

It’s Just the Begining… Every stage of parenting has its difficulties. Just when I think the worst is over, something new gets thrown my way. When it comes to my daughter Clara, everything is new for us. She is my oldest and every step of her journey I’m experiencing for the first time as a […]

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Are You Ready? Get Set! Off to Kindergarten They Go!

You blink your eyes and like that it’s time for kindergarten. It happens so fast. I cannot believe in two years my little guy will be going to kindergarten. A real school. We pretend and build towers in the living room, hang out downtown at the “beach”, play in the dirt and talk while eating […]

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Registration Day: One Mom’s Humorous Quest to Enroll her Son in Preschool

It’s 7:15am on a Saturday morning. You’re sitting in your parked car gripping a steaming hot coffee that cost $2.45 (which was also coincidentally your GPA back in the day). A bulging manila envelope is plopped on the seat next to you, its contents thick with a registration packet that mirrors a college application. With […]

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How I Got my Groove Back (Postpartum)

I don’t know if it was the exhaustion of having two, the four months of postpartum bleeding, and/or what seemed like the never-ending Detroit winter, but I was a hot mess after having my son. And I’m not sure if it was my mom’s battle with cancer, my close friends’ and family members’ struggle to […]

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Turning Cruel Kids into Cool Kids: Tips for Raising Inclusive Families

 “What’s wrong with her eyes?” the girl asked, pointing at Chloe, my 1-year-old. We were at a friend’s child’s birthday party when another guest, a girl who may have been five or six years old, approached us with her question. I fixed a smile on my face and gave her my rehearsed response. “Chloe’s got […]

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Don’t Pity My C-Section

I love hearing birth stories. When did you know you were in labor? How did it progress? Did you have a c-section? What was it like when you first laid eyes on your baby? Our stories aren’t always rosy. “I barely felt contractions, pushed once, then my perfectly healthy baby slipped out and immediately breastfed” is […]

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