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No, I’m Not Their Grandma

Written by: Christine Derengowski Can we put the question "are you their grandparent?" in the same DON'T ASK category with "are you pregnant?" With so many people starting their families later in life, there is a...
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My Unexpected Start to Motherhood

I was sobbing in the shower.  It hurt to cry so hard, but it also felt like a relief. Like it needed to happen or else I'd burst. Actually, I guess I was at the...

Stop! Don’t Post Pictures of Other People, Especially Kids, Online

Written by Guest Writer, Christine Derengowski Raise your hand if the birth of your child was announced via a Facebook or Instagram post before your epidural wore off. I can’t be the only one who...

I Couldn’t. I Wouldn’t. I Shouldn’t: My Amazing, Outlandish, Middle-Aged Adventure

An adventure? I couldn't. I wouldn't. I shouldn't. All three immediate and strong responses when my friends - my "tribe" - came up with the outlandish idea of going on an adventure. Outlandish? How outlandish...

Four Ways to Teach your Children About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written by Shannon Polk, Guest Writer ....... Dr. King was a human rights leader and a champion for justice. He spoke bravely in the face of danger and he promoted a vision for equality and freedom....
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Tips on How to Talk to a Pregnant Woman

Women have been pregnant since the beginning of time...literally. Regardless of whether you believe everyone came from Adam and Eve or from early men and women during the Paleolithic era, we can agree pregnant...

Raising Children Without the Village

The last several days as a stay-at-home mom have been very much the same. I get up with my children, make breakfast, try and fail to drink my coffee while it’s hot. We watch YouTube nursery rhyme videos, read books, make trips to the store. We go on the occasional playdate with the local mom group. We check out local zoos, splash pads, and playgrounds.

I Found My Village – Have You?!?

When I got pregnant I knew it would be no walk in the park. I knew it was going to be long days, and even longer nights. I knew exhaustion was coming, and maybe a tiny dose of irritability. However, in my mind, I believed I could handle it all. I wasn't the girl looking for her 'village'. How wrong was I?

4 Tips For Engaging With Your Anxious Teenager

The teenage years are a flurry of emotions, bodily changes, relationships, school, and a host of other noise. We can all remember having those “teenage moments”; where we made a big deal about something that was, in reality, not a big deal. It’s easy for us to see that now, but our teenagers are in that fog of emotions right now.