Rachel Hodges

Rachel Hodges
Rachel is originally from the Chicagoland area, but has grown deep Saint Louis roots over the last fifteen years. She married her high school sweetheart and they live in the Metro East with their three children and spunky puppy. Rachel is the kind of Mom who loves watching her kids grow and learn new things, and also wishes time would slow down a bit. Rachel and her husband love to travel together, dream together, and enjoy time with friends and family. Rachel loves getting lost in a story and is always up for a book or podcast recommendation. She loves time outside, good questions, long conversations, and a good theme to plan a party or meal around. Rachel works as a Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist who provides counseling, parent coaching and equipping. She loves helping parents strengthen their relationships with their children, and helping parents understand their children through a developmental lens. Rachel believes we were all meant to be heard, feel known and be absolutely delighted in.
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Five Ways to Keep Connection at the Center of Family Travel

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?   We have set aside vacation time, booked our stays, purchased flights or made the road trips, packed for ourselves and others, planned thoughtful itineraries and ended up on...
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The Winter Solstice: Welcome Winter

Since becoming a Mom, paying attention to and celebrating the change of seasons has been important to me. Initially, this began as having little celebrations on (or close to) the first day of the...
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An Autumn Reflection and Invitation

Enjoy as we reshare this autumn reflection that originally ran in 2021.     The fall has always been my favorite season.  The relief of the summer heat being replaced by crisp mornings, the sound of leaves...

4 Conversations to Have with Your Partner as the School Year Begins

Every time seasons transition, especially in and out of the school year, it feels like an opportunity for a family reset.     What do I mean by a family reset? A chance to pause, reflect...
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Time Outside with Children: Why it Matters and How to Make it Happen

Do you ensure time outside for your family?   I was recently at the bookstore with my oldest and came across a beautiful book called, “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. Intrigued, I...

Breathing: From Birth through Motherhood

The breathing techniques that usher our kids into the world have a place beyond the delivery room.     My oldest son turns ten in just a few months, and I have found myself in a season...
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“I Just Need to be Sad, Mommy!!!”

“I just need to be sad, Mommy!” It was my fifth night in a row of doing bedtime with my three kids by myself. I had said yes to staying outside extra long to play with...
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I’ll Always Say Yes to Us

What does it take to get a girl to say yes?!?   Fifteen years ago today, (August 8) my husband proposed to me.     It was a warm summer evening in Saint Louis. My boyfriend of five years...
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Family Life and Summer Rhythms

I can hardly believe it – but here we are, mid-summer.   The newness of summer freedom has likely faded, the stores are attacking us with back-to-school sales, and yet, we still have some time before...
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Five Ways for Moms to Cultivate Rest + Play this Summer

How can you cultivate rest + play this summer?   This summer is my eleventh summer as Momma.  From that first summer, when I realized I was pregnant on June 30th and spent weeks wide eyed and...