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When the Going Gets Tough

I was warned about this, but that doesn’t make the reality any easier to swallow. The only certainty of motherhood is that there will always be uncertainty. I’ve recently experienced a rude awakening after a blissful 2 month period of uninterrupted sleep. My 13-month-old is now waking up 3 times a night. Yup, you read that right. 3 times. She’s regressed to being a newborn again and frankly, I can’t deal.

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Toddler, toddlers, stress, Tantrums, sleep, Naps

Swimming with the Stars

One of the first times I felt truly discouraged teaching swim lessons was with a shy, timid little girl. Surprisingly, there were no behavioral challenges – she was sweet and smart, and really not a handful. I had dealt with kids far worse than her, and always came out on top; the kids would have a great time, behavior issues would be gone or at least minimized, and I always felt so invigorated by the work I did.

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The Lessons You Leave Behind

I was watching an episode of Real Sports as I worked on my laptop yesterday morning, and I unintentionally got a lesson on parenting. One segment was about Erik Weihenmayer the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Legacy, Legacies, goals, blindness, Hiking, Family, Mountain, Mountains, Mount Everest, Loss, Grief

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.

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, baby, babies, Toddler, toddlers, Daycare, routine, Schedule, sleep, Bedtime, breakfast, Transition, Positivity, Attitude, Playdates, classes, play

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.

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