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Remember how naive we all were back in, say, May, when we thought Halloween was so far off and things would totally be back to "normal" by the time the fall holiday rolled around? Yet here we are, Halloween so...
When my middle son, Gus, was two and a half, our struggles started. He would have multiple meltdowns a day; more than the average “terrible twos” temper tantrums. His meltdowns would leave both Gus and myself in tears most...
I remember thinking when my oldest was very little that I would never end up cringing at the hard conversations. I was determined to be the mom who was upfront and gave blunt, but concise, answers to her kids...
Hi there! My name is Ashley and I have been a Financial Counselor for 15 years, specializing in housing and debt counseling. My husband and I both grew up in Duluth. We have been married 16 years and we...
When our family took our first trip to Disney World, I knew that bringing our newly-turned one-year old would be a challenge. She was still nursing voraciously, and demanded I pull out a boob at a whim. I usually...
I stared at the rust-colored drawings on the wild looming rock face, the Kawishiwi River lapping gently against the green Royalex of our old, steadfast canoe. I hadn’t seen these pictographs in over ten years. Ten years since I’d swam...
I stared at the grey hairs sprouting out of the right ear of my aging optometrist as he peered into my left eye with his ophthalmoscope. I could feel my heartbeat speed up a little; my annual eye exam...
Homeschooling is different from a public school setting in many different ways. Instead of getting into all of those differences, I'm just going to talk about one difference: having to manage multiple ages. In a classroom setting kids are...
Parenthood is a journey that so many of us are on, so why does it often feel isolating and difficult to maintain our relationships? I attribute this strain to, what I have dubbed, the “fragment conversation”. Let’s break this apart. Play...
Is there anything better than a reading a good book? If you're an avid reader, it feels so good to slip into a new story, but motherhood can really put reading back on the shelf, so to speak. My own...

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