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Why Mother’s Day Stinks

I just don’t even know why I try anymore. All I hope for is a day that I’m the important one.  A day that my children want to actually BE with me.  A day where they get along—and so do my husband and I.  A day that makes my heart beat and my butterflies flutter.  Just one day out of an entire year to feel like I’m the most important person in the world. Some moms prefer to have the day alone.  Other moms prefer to go to the bathroom…

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Keeping Your Eye on the Ball Post-Divorce

When I saw the story that went viral over the parents and step-parents in jerseys supporting their kid it actually made a lot of sense to me. After all, positive co-parenting after separation is all about keeping your eye on the ball—the ball being your kid. Because of us, I will never believe co-parenting can’t work! I KNOW through experience it CAN WORK! Choose to do what’s best for your child and everything will just fall into place ❤ Posted by Emilee Plaayer on Saturday, 15 April 2017 My ex and…

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Not Everyone Appreciates Teachers (But You Should)

This week, social media has been full of all things promoting teacher appreciation. My Pinterest feed has so many wonderful and creative ideas to show a teacher just how thankful we are. There are pictures all over Facebook with the ideas different friends have carried out and want to show off that they are giving to their kid’s teachers. Teachers are the talented force leading our future. They absolutely should be appreciated. I speak from the heart because I have been a teacher for fourteen years. My school’s Parent-Teacher Association…

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Coming To Terms With My Son’s Genetic Condition

Parenting a child with a special need means learning how to separate fear from love; they are so intimately bound together in a parent’s heart. Every single day is born with hope for ease of pain or illness while dread tiptoes closely behind that hope, reminding one that health is a fragile state that can be knocked away in seconds. Like any other mother, I often found myself saying, “I just want a healthy baby,” during my first pregnancy. Everything about my pregnancy was average and expected. It never occurred…

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Diabetes: Beyond Type 1

“Don’t forget to take care of yourself,” is one of my favorite pieces of parenting advice given by other parents. The unexpected life that unfolds before you as a parent can be overwhelming, so every once in a while, it’s important to focus on your own wellness. However, I can’t help but laugh at the thought of NOT taking care of myself, simply because, if I stopped, I’d be dead. You see, I live with a chronic illness that doesn’t allow me to skip self-care. I have Type 1 diabetes,…

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