Tag: Children

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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A Resolution Deferred

In the poem Harlem, Langston Hughes speculated about what happens to a dream deferred. Hint: It’s not pretty. I imagine the same concept applies to New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten, delayed or swept to the side. 

I had grand plans for 2015.

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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

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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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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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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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Much Ado About Bathtime

Another day, another thing you’re not doing right as a parent. In this week’s news, you’re probably giving your kid too many baths. I came across this blog entry on the Washington Post that proclaims a bath everyday is too much.  more

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