Article by guest writer Kelsi Folsom.  Shoes are tied and lunches are packed. We’re ready for a mini road trip to Monocacy National Battlefield, an historic Civil War site about forty minutes from where we live. Although uncertain how Civil War history...
Those two well-crafted lines from This Is Us summed up a huge culture shift for me since becoming a mama to my mixed-race son. While most weeks I’m sobbing from the show’s powerful emotional messages, this week felt like...
We all fear what will happen to our children when we are not there to protect them.  In light of Bullying Prevention Month and Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, it is hard for me to face my biggest fear as...
Mary Poppins said it best in the song Where the Lost Things Go by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Please watch full song here and read lyrics here.  Memories you've shed Gone for good you feared They're all around you still Though they've disappeared Nothing's really left Or lost without a...
My Experience with Postpartum Anxiety I was familiar with postpartum depression (PPD) and knew all the signs to look out for. But what I felt after my son was born was different. Like many moms, I felt an immediate, overwhelming...
Extended Breastfeeding Deserves Support When we talk about World Breastfeeding Week, we have to include extended breastfeeding in the discussion. This is such an important topic because if more women feel supported, then it’s more likely that they will have...
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. THERE IS A STORM IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! In our son's favorite episode of Daniel Tiger, the learning lesson song is, "Take a grown-up’s hand, follow the plan, and you’ll be safe.”   We recently had...
Every child’s relationship with their father is unique, and our kids’ connection to theirs is no exception. He lives in the next neighborhood over, he calls them Thee as a sign of affection. He bends down to give them...
There is no shortage of advice on what to do and what to get after having a baby. There are an infinite number of guides about what to register for, books on everything from nursing to sleep schedules, and...
Today marks World Maternal Mental Health Day. Started in 2016, World Maternal Mental Health day was started by an international team of clinicians, researchers, advocates, and survivors of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) to bring much-needed attention to...
In case you haven’t seen the Tweets, the Facebook posts or the emails -- It’s Screen-Free Week (April 29-May 30). No, screens are not the devil, and this post is not meant to preach. As a mom, I know as...
The other day a good friend asked me, “What is it like to be an autism mom?”  My answer was simple, “It’s like being a mom.” Just like most moms, I worry about my child, every day. I ask...
This week is national infertility awareness week, a week dedicated to raising awareness, challenging stigmas, and providing support to the millions of families impacted by infertility. Current estimates suggest around 1 in 8 and families in the United States...
I get asked a lot about how people can help support foster parents. And I love that question because I truly believe that more people would foster if they knew they had a strong support system around them. Being...

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Give the Gift of Experiences: Gifts That Are Not “Stuff”

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The holidays are coming up quick! Grandparents might already be asking what gifts to get the grandkids. Of course, family (especially grandparents) love to...