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Only Child versus Sibling: How Do They Differ?

Growing up as an only child, I couldn’t complain. There weren’t hand-me-downs or shared bedrooms, and the attention was always on me. As I grew up, however, I began to wonder what the camaraderie of siblings would be like – especially from watching my friends with brothers or sisters. I also wondered how different I […]

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Kindergarten is Hard … on Me

Preschool to kindergarten is a tough transition. It means less sleep, less freedom and less family time. It also means more work, more rules and more distance between friends in different school districts. It’s a major change that is bound to cause some tears and frustration. And yeah, I guess it’s also hard for the […]

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Property Laws of Toddlers: How To Survive the Rules

You may have already heard of the “Property Laws of Toddlers.” We learn life’s parenting lessons one Cheerio/Lego/SOCK/day at a time. It started so innocently as the new year rolled in and we carefully chose our “words for 2017” to be Abundance and Acceptance. Nevertheless, I am a firm believer that our children are sometimes better teachers to […]

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An Only with an Only; Tales from a Spoiled Only Child

  It’s begun.​ ​​Our​ ​son​ ​is​ ​21 months​ ​old,​ ​and​ ​we’re​ ​getting​ ​the​ ​“So…is​ ​there​ ​talk​ ​of​ ​a second​ ​child?” question.​ ​​Already?!​​​ ​So​ ​soon?!​ I’ll​ ​admit,​ ​it’s​ ​caught​ ​me​ ​a​ ​little​ ​off​ ​guard.​ ​​​As an​ ​only​ ​child,​ ​it​ ​is foreign to​ ​me​ ​that​ ​people​ ​would​​ ​assume​ ​that​ ​I​​ ​need more children.​ ​​I usually​ ​resist​ ​mentioning​ ​to​ ​people​ […]

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The Backyard Campout

Ah, camping. Crickets chirping, stars twinkling, the smell of a crackling campfire in the air. Sounds perfectly simple, right? Well add a small child or two into the mix and that simplicity is sure to go right out the zipper window. As much as I like camping and want my kids to enjoy it, too, I just […]

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Parenting with an Age Gap

Parenting with an Age Gap

When I first became a mother nine years ago, it was a bit of a surprise. Okay, it was actually a HUGE surprise! Having my daughter turned my world upside down, and I went from a single, twenty-something to someone’s mother in what seemed like a blink of an eye. The emotional upheaval was initially […]

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My Home Birth Story

Vanessa: There’s no place I feel safer than in my own home – it’s a haven. Josh: We planned a home birth. We hired a nurse midwife and her assistant, as well as a doula for our family. Vanessa: Both of my older children were born in a hospital; this time, I wanted a different […]

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