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My Mom Sisterhood + Support System – You Are Not Alone

Sometimes I have a love / hate relationship with being a woman. More specifically, being the epicenter of my family. While there are many aspects of taking care of my daughters (and all that goes along with it) and taking care of my home, there’s no denying that along with these major responsibilities comes emotional […]

Being A Mom: Every Part of Raising Children is Humbling

Okay, I’m very well aware that one of the points of writing a blog is to express your own feelings and share it with your community. But every so often you come across something that someone else wrote that rings true, and there’s simply no better way to say it. Below, I’m sharing Anna Quindlen’s […]

How to Help Your Children Ace Stepping Outside Their Comfort Zone

I’m pretty certain that embarrassing ourselves is not on top of most of our “To Do” lists. And while it’s probably safe to say that we are all more comfortable sticking with things we know, I’m sure we all see the value of stepping outside our comfort zones. Even if it means pushing ourselves to […]

Moms, Do You Have the Back To School Blues? Let’s Beat It Together!

If you’re anything like me, your wishes turned into reality last week when the countdown to school finally hit zero and the kids got out of your hair…I mean house. Now that we just wrapped week two, the most irritating words you heard echoed all summer, “I’m bored” seem like a distant memory. Yet somehow, […]

Transform Morning Madness into Morning Mindfulness (no magic required)

Getting children up, dressed, fed and out the door for school can feel like a herculean task, regardless of their age. The experience can be just as maddening even when your children are able to do all of that themselves. For those of you with younger kids, I know you’re thinking, “No way. That would […]

Create Traditions & Rituals Your Children Will Never Forget: 12 Ideas

(2.5-minute read) What better way to spend a holiday than with family. Take a minute and think about how you spent your holidays as a child. Odds are you have lots of wonderful memories of the traditions your family created (i.e. finding the matzoh on Passover or enjoying a traditional ham dinner for Easter). What you […]

Teach Your Child the Art of Conversation in the Age of Technology

(4-minute read) It’s no secret that I’m a talker. This trait largely stems from my curiosity and desire to learn.  I’ve found that engaging in conversation with people other than friends and family fulfills these needs. Whether I speak with the familiar woman fulfilling my order at the bagel store or a complete stranger awaiting […]

When Should My Child Get a Smartphone? Buckle up. Technology’s a bumpy road

(3-minute read) According to data firm Nielsen,  The average teen sends and receives over 3000 texts a month. That means, 3000 possibilities to send something they may later regret. 3000 chances to make a mistake that can’t be undone. This technology driven world is something everyone is still trying to figure out, including our kids, […]

Get Creative-It Goes Beyond Fun. Join Household Item Creative Game Challenge

(2-minute read) Self-expression plays a key role in a child’s emotional development. Creative and artistic expression can be especially beneficial for children who don’t know how to express themselves or are uncomfortable doing so. It helps children learn new things (without the pressure of learning), and enables them to apply it to everyday life.  It’s for these reasons […]

4 Simple Ideas that Express Love & Gratitude this Valentine’s Day

(2.5 minute read) I’m no Grinch, but I must admit that some might consider me a curmudgeon when it comes to holidays.  I can’t tell you why, but I just don’t feel the need to make a big deal out of them, not even birthdays.  While I admire those who decorate their house for every […]

My Unexpected Journey to Mindfulness: How You & Your Kids Can Get There Too

(4.5 minute read) Who would have guessed that the two things I fought my husband hardest on in our 20 year relationship would end up being the same two things that have drastically changed my life for the better? (Don’t tell him I said this…but I should probably listen to him more often. He seems to […]