Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Tips for Staying Safe

I am one in a million, but I’m certain that you don’t want your child(ren) to be one of this million. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. I was fortunate to have the “good” kind of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma. Although I have a scar on my face, I’ll be around to watch my beautiful girl grow up. That said, it wasn’t what I expected at 35. I’ll have to vigilant the rest of my life, as my diagnosis also significantly ups my…

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The Case for New Year’s Resolutions

People are pretty bad at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. It’s hard to defend making resolutions—especially if you measure success solely by the number of pounds lost or habits kicked for good. For me, though, the value in New Year’s Resolutions comes from the process, even if they fall by the wayside before February. History is on my side, as New Year’s Resolutions date back to ancient times. It’s a practice that has endured for millennia. Here are some reasons why I think it’s still worth making New Year’s Resolutions. “The…

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Science Says: Early School Starts are Unhealthy

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I fumble around in the pitch dark to turn it off and then lie very still so that I can listen for sounds in the house. A few small noises from down the hall let me know that my daughter is up and going. As my feet hit the floor, I exhale a small sigh of relief that she rousted herself out of bed without help. I walk downstairs, wiping the sleep out of my eyes so that I can clearly admire…

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7 Ways Divorce is Like Childbirth

I’ve never considered myself to be an overly strong person. I have good qualities, but fortitude has never really one of them. The two experiences in my life that have shown me that I am stronger than I think am: childbirth and divorce. And when you think about it, those two processes have a lot of similarities. 7 Ways Divorce is Like Childbirth 1. Each birth and each divorce experience is unique.Moms who have more than one child often say that their pregnancies were radically different. Just as each pregnancy…

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#RealityMom Challenge: Being a Good Digital Parent

I’ve written a lot about digital parenting but I was still rather shocked when my daughter opened her first smartphone at Christmas and had a text from Santa’s Twerkshop. The unexpected issues and curveballs of digital parenting became apparent within literally the first five minutes of her possessing a device that essentially gives her access to the entire online world. It’s not like she hadn’t been online before, and she’s had a “dumb” phone, but our family definitely entered new territory when she got a smartphone. In the few weeks that she has…

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