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Quality Time

I’m sure there isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t feel the guilt of not spending enough time with their kids. I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I know that i am always reminded that work can wait, this precious time goes fast and that I should enjoy it. Can you relate? more

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Where Are They Now?

From one of the youngest Youth and Government™ governors in Texas history to a high school freshman who's full of C.H.A.R.I.S.M.A, Riley M. is sharing what he's been up to since we last saw him in his "do-it-yourself" video for the Y's education and leadership programs.  more

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The Rise of Sharenting

Do you share your parenting experiences on social media? There’s a word for that, it’s called “sharenting”. I use sharenting to keep friends and family across the country and even the world updated on my daughter’s growth and milestones. Sharenting helped me keep sane when I needed advice or needed to vent as I was transitioning into motherhood. more

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Volunteer Opportunity: Healthy Kids Day®

Spring is officially here, which means the end of school's nearing for millions of kids across the country. But here's a fact: children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind in in studies when summer hits. As a volunteer for Healthy Kids Day®, you can help youth in your neighborhood celebrate the Y's national initiative to improve health and the well-being of kids all year long. Check out these vids if it helps give you any inspiration to embrace your spirit of social responsibility.  more

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Spring Decluttering

Fighting clutter is a never-ending battle in my household. No matter how often I declutter,  stuff always finds its way to where it doesn’t need to be. Old mail ends up in piles, that kitchen junk drawer starts overflowing and I can’t find things when I need them.  more

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Reality vs. Fiction

Parenting is challenging. Not finding the solution to world peace challenging, but more like…it’s actually near impossible to explain unless you’ve experienced it. I read a quote that said, "Having a baby is like losing your leg and winning the lottery.” I immediately understood. more

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