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Foster Care: A Quick Introduction

When you think of foster care, what is your gut response? Maybe you’ve heard inspirational stories of kids beating “the system,” families who’ve fostered 10-30 kids, or children finding their forever homes and living happily ever after. Maybe you have also heard some of the uglier stories, the ones where foster parents become the abusers, or […]

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Taking Advantage of Car Naps

At around 2 pm each day, I start to pry my 2.5-year-old from whatever activity she’s doing and head to the car. It’s still an hour before school pick-up for her older sister. But this is the only window of opportunity I have for my toddler to actually nap. You see, darling daughter #2 is […]

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11 Reasons to Manage Your Fertility Naturally

Looking for ways to plan and manage your fertility and family size naturally? For our part, we have chosen natural family planning (NFP). We don’t use hormonal or barrier methods; instead, we track my cycles and plan our sex life accordingly. Every couple is different, but it has worked beautifully for us. These are the top 11 things […]

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Mother’s Day in the Sibley NICU: A Blessing, Not A Curse

I started my motherhood journey with two beautiful, tiny babies — and I had to ask permission from someone else at the hospital to hold them.  When I was discharged from Sibley Memorial Hospital, and my newborn twins were not, the floodgates opened.  I cried.  A lot.   Then one day, my crying stopped.  It was […]

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Parenting Tip: Focus on Yourself First

“We have met the enemy, and he is us” – Walt Kelly   Parenting Advice Regarding Children’s Behavior from my Community Recently I reached out to a few friends (each a parent of a 5-year-old) for parenting advice regarding our son’s behavior. My older child had just turned 5, and with his new age, so […]

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Thank you, Village!

It was 4:02 on Monday morning. I was deep in a dream when I heard the phone ring loudly.  Surprisingly, it was my usually hard- to-rouse husband who jumped up, found the phone, announced “It’s her”, and handed it to me.  Eighteen minutes later, I was on my bike and headed to my good friend’s […]

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