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Eating Ain’t Easy

My daughter had recently graduated to eating non-pureed solids. I upped her protein intake due to her pediatrician's suggestion and she was now consistently eating chicken. Like I had been doing every day for about a week, I cut up a chicken strip and put it in a bowl for her to eat. I handed it to my mother who stopped by babysit to feed it to her.  more

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What to Say to Your Mentor

Mentors are there to give you sage advice, but would you believe the dialogue's a two-way street? Here are some quick tips to get the most out of the dynamic between you and your mentor experience.  more

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The Great Changing Table Debate

It was just one of those days. It started off well enough, but soon took a disappointing turn. I decided to stop by one of my favorite cafes to grab a cup of coffee before running a few errands. Right after I purchased a coffee, my daughter began to cry. She needed her diaper changed. more

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Stand Up.

What do you stand up for?

During a camp training discussion on bullying, a role model of mine, Megan, described standing up to bullies as the action of a standing ovation. Depending on who you are, there are different ways that you can be a part of this standing ovation. You could be the one standing on stage receiving this standing ovation. You could be the one who was so overwhelmed with what you just saw that you immediately stood up and started the standing ovation. You could also be one who stood up when you saw the reaction of the rest in the crowd. more

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Adventures in Mealtime

A few months back, I wrote about my daughter’s first encounter with solids. Her palate has expanded since then, but I think I'm ready to go a step further. I want her to be an open-minded eater because I think of myself as an adventurous cook. Added sugar and salt are no-no's for babies, but herbs and spices are fair game. more

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Presidents' Day: The Leadership Quiz

This President's Day, we thought we'd inspire you with a few quotes. But who said what? more

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Advocacy and You

What is advocacy? And where do you fit in?

It's about lending your voice to support a cause. But not just any cause. How about strengthening communities, nurturing the potential of kids, improving your neighbor's health, and giving back to your community? Sound familiar? more

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Buy Yourself Some Time

I admit it, I’m a bit of a control freak. There have been many instances where I could have made life a lot easier by handing the reins to someone else, but I insisted on doing it myself. If there’s two things motherhood has taught me, it’s that I can’t do it all and time is often more valuable than money. more

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Keeping the Why in the Y

A camper for life gives his perspective on why summer programs bring so much positive change to our youth.  more

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