I know what it's like to be lonely.  Really, I do. I moved from South Carolina to Missouri not knowing one soul other than my husband and daughter. We found a great church to get plugged into, I joined...
I have not yet reached the stage of motherhood at which my daughter is requesting Elsa appear at her birthday party, so my experience with “characters” at events is somewhat limited. Tasked with finding kid-friendly entertainment for my firm’s...

Raising Super Girls

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One of the great surprises in life is learning the gender of your baby. Will it be a girl or a boy? Will we need boy or girl things? We put our curiosity to the test x2 and waited...
When the clock strikes May, you can find me at the pool. A great swimsuit cover up is basically my everyday uniform during the summer months. I need something that looks good but is also moveable so that I...
I have teenagers, and I monitor their phones. Arguments against it are plentiful and passionate: monitoring kids' phones today is akin to our parents reading our diaries, listening to our phone conversations, or reading notes we passed in school. There's...
Family traditions reveal what we value enough to repeat, and - if done with love- build warm, happy associations. -Daniel Willingham Traditions were a staple in my large family growing up. With a family of eight there was not a...
I’ll never forget the morning I found myself walk-running through a dimly, and unfamiliar school hallway, frantically looking into each classroom, desperate for a sign of life. “My darlings, are you here for Sunday school?” the nun asked, gliding across...
I think for most kiddos, the holidays are this wonderful time of year filled with family, presents, and special meals and events. Foster kids aren't most kids, though. Some may have trauma tied to a specific holiday, others struggle...
I've always liked to be in control of every minute of my day. When I worked full-time, I would time block my days and know when I needed to be switching over to a new project or heading to...
Preschool is a decision that can confound us as parents. Do you send your child to preschool or keep them home? Which preschool is right for your child? How many years of preschool should they have before kindergarten?  Reading Up...

In + Around STL

100 Things to Do in St. Louis During Spring Break

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Spring break is upon us! Sticking around St. Louis and looking for ideas to pass the time? We've put together 100 ideas that do...