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The search for the elusive and complete baby book

You tucked them away for safe keeping. Eventually, you come across the tiny treasures of the hospital bracelet, inked footprints, and first family photo that’s been misplaced. And then you remember why. You picture the unfinished baby book abandoned on the shelf and see the best of intentions. The reality of year one Traditional fill-in […]

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A letter to my daughter about loving yourself

Dear Daughter, This morning, just like every morning, you walked out of your room wearing the most gloriously mismatched outfit. You beamed with pride because you picked your clothes out all by yourself, and you loved how the colors looked on you. For you, getting dressed is pure joy, because it is a chance to […]

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Child psychologist on expecting and being a “good” mom

Every day I have the honor and privilege of helping children with their emotional, behavioral and educational functioning. I am a child psychologist and behavior analyst. I love children, and more importantly, I love working with and helping them find happiness and success in whatever shape that looks like for them. When my husband and […]

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Savoring summer with a cherry on top

What’s the magic in summer? Is it the sense of calm that comes from freedom to slow down a smidge? Or maybe it’s the bottled up excitement for a week at the beach that cannot get here soon enough. We enjoy longer days to fill up with dips in the pool and dripping ripe watermelon. […]

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My birthday gift to my kids is the same every year

When I was anxiously awaiting the signs of the labor I wrote this letter to the sweet, smooshed up face that would change me forever in what turned out to be just a few days.     Seven letters later, I suppose it has become a sort of tradition that goes well with ice cream cake and […]

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One word to make 2017 worth it

So I just have to ask…how’s that New Year’s resolution going? Maybe you intentionally did not make one because you know from years past how that story ends. You might have read how I wasn’t big on New Year’s resolutions and evidence proves the rest of you aren’t either. A small piece of the pie […]

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30 days filled to the brim with thanks

I set out with a simple goal. Write down one thing every day for which I am thankful. It wasn’t hard to think of that one thing. Sometimes several thoughts bubbled up and the hard part was picking just one. It was surprisingly challenging to remember to take the quick moment to write it down. […]

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33rd birthday gift to myself :: A happily ever right now

There’s an unmistakable veil of electric excitement wrapped around my daughter’s almost four year-old self. She bunny hops through the house chattering about her Little Mermaid birthday pool party that despite all of her inquiries is not quite happening tomorrow. She meticulously lays out her shiny purple and green swimsuit in agreement that we are […]

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My vision of success as a parent changed in an airport terminal

“Well adjusted” was my goal out of the gates. I wanted to raise an adaptable little human with a mild mannered disposition. “Start as you intend to go on,” was the quote that I had on replay. I had her sleeping through the night in her crib and was able to soothe her back to […]

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My father will always be my Captain

“Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.” – Thor Heyerdahl I learned that the world has no borders from a Master of a 48,000-ton cruise ship. Pappa was away much of the time growing up, but he always made it a priority to travel as a […]

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