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Lessons From My Mother

I recently started reading Mom & Me & Mom, one of the last books written by the late, great Maya Angelou. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a preteen. So much so that I named my daughter after her.  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, relationship, relationships, Lesson, Lessons, advice, book, books

Family Matters

Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family. more

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Where Are They Now?

The last time we caught up with Seth Reid, he was still a high school student making a difference in the Tampa community. Find out what this young leader's been up to, since he last put together this "do-it-yourself" video about Youth and Government for the Y. more

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How to Plan a First Birthday Party Without Losing Your Soul

My daughter Maya will be turning the big o-n-e next month and the pressure is mounting to plan her birthday party. I’m finding myself getting caught up in the details because I want the day to go perfectly. But let's be honest for a second, first birthday parties are really for the adults! more

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Absolutely Phab-ulous

We recently learned that young leaders are getting in the market for phablets (phone + tablets) and that the mobile apps that come with these bigger devices are growing too. So, here are a few apps that might help you grow as a leader and - quite possible - make a difference in this world.  more

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Precious Cargo

I have spent pretty much every moment of my daughter’s life with her since she made her debut a little over 10 months ago. Outside of the few afternoons and evenings with her dad and grandma, we’ve been joined at the hip. After almost a year of trying to be supermom, something has become crystal clear. It’s not her, it’s me—but we need to have some time apart. I need to find a babysitter.  more

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