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Daycare Prep

So you’ve found the perfect daycare for your child—congratulations! Going to daycare marks a major milestone in most children’s lives. It is an important and exciting change, but can also be a source of anxiety. With proper preparation and planning, the transition can go more smoothly for parent and child. more

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Positive Relationships and Good Communication

Hidden behind Washington State Senate’s podium, my knees shook as the words began to spill out of my mouth. I had been waiting for this moment for four years, and there I stood reciting a speech I had practice thousands of times. Youth lieutenant governor, the person who presides over the Senate, was the position I had wanted to run for, for the longest time. more

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Cabin Fever

It was happening! For once I was going to be able to leave the house with my toddler before 10 a.m.. We were going to have the most productive day ever, I had it all planned out. We were dressed and out of the door as I walked to the garage. Then that feeling of dread hit me. I got closer and realized our one and only child car seat was in the car my fiancé drove to the airport for his 3-day business trip. Sigh. more

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Diverse Cultures, Backgrounds, and Perspectives

The Y has always championed diversity and inclusion of people from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds. Just look at the YMCA International Services in Houston or the International Services in New York City. When newcomers to America arrive with hopes and dreams, they often bring with them an array of cultures, languages, demographic traits, and more. more

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The Baby & Toddler Hotel Primer

Maya and I have tagged along on her dad's business trip, and I’m currently writing this blog post from a hotel room in Peoria, Illinois. I have a love/hate relationship with traveling with my daughter. On one hand, the change of scenery is a good thing. On the other, a strange room and a break from routine can be a recipe for disaster.  more

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Campus Life: Best College Leaders

Earlier this year, I was packing my bags to head down to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2015 Campus YMCA Partners (CYP) Conference. As an AmeriCorps member placed at Y-USA through the Public Allies Chicago Program, I was able to attend the conference because I am in the Training and Leadership Development/Talent Management Department that has helped to coordinate Campus YMCA’s in the past. more

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