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  • Why People Can’t Resist Christmas Hallmark Movies

    Maybe you’re like me and proudly claim your love of sappy, predictable Hallmark Christmas movies.  Or maybe you’re like other people who secretly watch them, but never tell a soul.  Or maybe you just can’t stand them. Regardless, there’s a pull to these movies I always wondered about.  Why are they so popular? Even when […]

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  • No More Boring Oatmeal! My favorite oatmeal recipes

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough There’s one cookie that I can’t refuse: chocolate chip.  Now you can have the tempting dessert in the morning for breakfast.  Score! Ingredients 1 ½ cups water ½ cup old fashioned oats 1 tbs. brown sugar 1 tbs. milk chocolate chips ½ tbs. unsalted butter     Instructions Pour the water […]

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  • The Secret to Better Homework Completion for Teens

    Routine, Routine, Routine. This is essential for teens. They’re frontal lobes are still developing.  You know, the part of the brain that deals with organization, emotional regulation, and impulsiveness: the part of the brain that drives parents nuts. Those kids that have their binders in nice neat rows and get all their homework done aren’t […]

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  • Conversation Tips to Talk to Your Teen About Tackling Homework

    Your teen struggles to get homework done.  Maybe it’s a battle.  Maybe it’s a tear fest.  Maybe it’s unproductive.  However it manifests itself in your home, I’m sure it’s frustrating. You want to help them.  You want them to develop good strategies and habits. Maybe you’ve read my posts on 6 Solutions to Homework Completion […]

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  • The One Thing that Can Derail Your Child’s Potty Training You Didn’t Expect

    Weeks without an accident. Willing to use public toilets without issue. We were on a roll with this potty training. And then it happened. The one thing I never saw coming that derailed my son’s potty training. THE AUTO FLUSH TOILET. Here we were sitting on the toilet doing our thing (me holding my son) […]

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  • The Silver Lining of Gestational Diabetes

    I had to get Creative with Breakfast No cereal. No bagels. No oats. Just eggs and lots of plain yogurt.  Of course I ate more than that, but these were the main staples of my diet. Gestational diabetes affects 2-10% of pregnancies each year, according to WebMD.  There are factors that can make you more […]

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  • He Just Plays with Trucks: Encouraging Variety in Your Toddler’s Play

    My two year old son plays with trucks every day.  He loves it. They go bye bye to eat dinner or have a snack together. They line up. They go ‘down the road’ (pillow or side of arm chair).  He’s getting creative with them. I’d ask if he wanted to play piano, music, blocks, read. […]

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  • The One Thing Getting in My Way of Contentment

    Guilt. I didn’t do enough crafts with my son.  I got bored playing for hours with him and wanted to enjoy and relish the time more.  I could write more, read more, crochet more.  I could work out.  I could use my time better. So many things I could be better at.  So many things […]

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  • Raw. Exposed. Hurting: How Hospitals Reflect the Meaning of Life

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    Guilt.  That’s what I feel every time I ring the call bell.  I’m bothering them. Yet, each time the nurse enters compassion fills the room.  She attends to my need with a smile and a tender hand. Can I get you anything else? Just ring if you need me. These words stick with me and […]

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  • Staying Sane at Home with a Toddler

    I tried to do a variety of activities with my son: blocks, cars, coloring, reading, red light, green light, etc. Still seven hours seemed so long when each activity lasted ten minutes or so.  I scoured the internet for ideas.  I wondered what stay at home moms did. The most common suggestion was to get […]