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No Sick Days

I knew this day would come. It wasn't a matter of if, but when. It was my first time getting sick as mom. Really sick. A sinus infection with a side of bronchitis, to be exact. To make matters worse, the baby girl was sick too. A high fever, congestion, runny nose, the whole nine yards. And the cherry on top, her dad was out of town on a business trip. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Sick, Illness, Cold, Flu, Fever, break, energy, meals, Medicine, Medication, Doctor, Work, friends, Family, help, assistance

Where Are They Now?

Amy Dennis is not only a former Youth & Government™ participant, but also a college student who happens to be an outstanding video storyteller, photographer, and emerging leader in the world of media and communications. Let's take a look at her story and what's she's been up to since making a difference in her community through education and leadership.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Generation Next, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, social, social media, Connections, blog, blogger, Guest Blogger, nurturing, genuine, hopeful, determined, Welcoming, self-improvement, happiness, Trending, Progress, Progressive, Education, Global, Conscience, confidence, achievement, Diverse, diversity, advocacy, Grassroots, Community Organizing, collaboration, Civic Engagement, action, Legislation, CONA, social work, social worker, social services

How Many Kids?

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear it. “Are you having more kids? Maya needs a brother or sister!” I don’t have a problem with getting that question. I have siblings and my daughter has older step-siblings. However, I did begin to wonder why many people believe children need siblings. more

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Smoothie 101

I just bought my first ever blender. Crazy, right? I’ve been having a hard time getting fruit and vegetables into my diet recently so I figured making a smoothie a day would be the perfect solution.  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Smoothie, Smoothies, Blender, nutrition, food, meal, meals, Vitamins, Minerals, fruit, vegetables, Workout, Immunity, breakfast

Words that Move Us

This Week, guest blogger, Eric Hutchinson, shared how Exercising Your Creativity can boost your communication skills and help develop relationships. We wanted to follow up a couple of days later and put one of our budding poets, Josh Baker, on your radar. Not only did this guy join the Y and take an arts & humanities class up in Syracuse, New York at the Downtown Writers Center, but also he picked up his camera and put together a story about how the Y helped benefit his life and brought him closer to his community.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Generation Next, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, social, social media, Connections, blog, blogger, Guest Blogger, nurturing, genuine, hopeful, determined, Welcoming, self-improvement, happiness, Trending, Progress, Progressive, Education, Global, Conscience, confidence, achievement, Diverse, diversity, advocacy, Grassroots, Community Organizing, collaboration, Civic Engagement, action, Syracuse, New York, Eric Hutchinson, creative writing, writers, Writing, write, poet, poetry, poems, expression, express

Exercising Your Creativity

For decades, the Y has been known as a “gym and swim”; a place where families can come to participate in group sports, take swimming lessons, and get in shape. While the Y remains the nation’s leader in quality programs for healthy living, we have expanded over the years to include several programs and classes for the arts and humanities. Studies show that exercising the mind can be just as important as exercising the body. The Y recognizes the importance of arts education in the United States and provides a variety of ways for individuals and families to grow their creativity. more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Generation Next, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, social, social media, Connections, blog, blogger, Guest Blogger, nurturing, genuine, hopeful, determined, Welcoming, self-improvement, happiness, Trending, Progress, Progressive, Education, Global, Conscience, confidence, achievement, Diverse, diversity, advocacy, Grassroots, Community Organizing, collaboration, Civic Engagement, action, arts, humanties, arts education, Art, artistic, create, creative, creativity, Pablo Picasso, Picasso

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