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#EpicParentingFail: How Not to Handle Your Daughter’s First Period

My first test as the mother of a “mature” young woman was a complete, total, and epic failure. I thought I’d prepared both of us for when “it” arrived. I made sure she knew what to expect, had supplies, knew what to do with said supplies. But when she repeatedly called me after the first day of school and asked what time I’d be home, I eventually got snippy on the phone and said, “THE SAME TIME I TOLD YOU THE LAST THREE TIMES YOU CALLED!” I was super annoyed…

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Accidents are Inevitable: But How Do You Deal with Them?

“You Aint Cool Unless You Pee Your Pants.” -Billy Madison Valerie, a six-year-old kindergartener from Utah wet her pants at school and was mortified. Her Father, Ben Sowards’ quick thinking made him a viral sensation and some have even dubbed him, “Father of the Year.” Why? All because he showed up at his daughter’s school with a splash of water on the front of his pants. You see, when Mr. Sowards went to pick up his daughter he let her think he too had an accident and asked for her backpack…

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Will You #LightItUpBlue For Autism Awareness?

Throughout the month of April, take notice when you drive through a neighborhood and see the shine of blue light bulbs. Without a doubt, you’ll see one at my house. Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to let my front porch shine with support for autism awareness–and I hope you do too! Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism…

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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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Gluten-Free on the Road

Following a gluten-free diet at home can feel like a challenge in and of itself, but hitting the road on a gluten-free diet can seem downright intimidating, especially when you are new to the gluten-free lifestyle. A little advanced planning and a few simple tips will allow you to conquer the roads with ease and confidence. Learning to live gluten free? Here is our Guide to Gluten-Free Living for beginners: Make a Plan. Just like you research the accommodations and attractions of the places you visit, spend a little time before…

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