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What About Your Friends? | Episode 2

Friendship is a beautiful thing. But it can also be very messy! In this episode we have a real conversation about friendship—what makes a good friend, how to be a good friend, spotting a shady friend and more. We also discuss how to decide what types of friends you need in your circle and who […] Read more…

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Welcome to the Podcast! | Episode 1

I’m so excited to finally launch my new podcast Don’t Wanna Talk About It! My co-host (and daughter) Journey and I have been wanting to work on something together and we finally found the perfect project. We are so excited to share our candid conversations about life and getting through the teenage years with our […] Read more…

Chore List For Kids By Age

With each new school year comes new responsibility for your children. That should apply to home as well. They grow up so fast and sometimes it can feel like a punch in the gut when they don’t need you anymore. But doing things for them at home that they really should be doing for themselves […] Read more…

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The Ultimate Babysitter Checklist

No matter how old my daughter is or how many times we’ve had a babysitter, I always feel a bit anxious when I leave her in the care of someone else. You too? Well I’m putting our minds at ease with an essential list of 25 things your babysitter should know about your child and your […] Read more…

9 Things I Want My Daughter To Know About Love

As I sent Journey out the door this morning with a box of Valentine’s for her classmates, I realized that it won’t be long before I’m sending her out the door on her first date.  There are so many things I want to tell her about the beauty, the heartbreak, the romance, and the many complexities of […] Read more…

Is It Bullying Or Just Bad Behavior

Is It Bullying Or Just Bad Behavior?

To be a parent is to walk a tightrope. To strike the perfect balance between teaching your children about utopia and reality. The way things should be and the way the actually are. In utopia, my daughter’s friends play nicely. They never hurt each other physically or emotionally. But in reality, friends don’t always get […] Read more…

The Process Of Letting Go Of Your Child

The Process Of Letting Go Of Your Child

When I noticed that an overnight trip was a part of the 3rd grade curriculum at my daughter’s school, I furrowed my brow for a sec. But I shrugged and thought, “No biggie, I’ll just make sure I’m one of the chaperones.” Until I found out that parents weren’t allowed to chaperone. Not one. Then I realized that for me, this trip had become the first step in the arduous process of letting go of my child. Read more…

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When Another Kid Calls Your Daughter A Bitch

Journey came home from school last week and told me that a boy called her a “bitch” on the school bus. While this wasn’t the first time she had heard the word (that was on the playground!), it was definitely the first time she had been called one. She explained that she was having a […] Read more…

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