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The natural beauty of letting memories make themselves

My husband is a man of traditions. He loves them, craves them, looks forward to them, and likes to create them from scratch. We could be in the midst of something totally new, not even sure it’s a success yet, not even sure we’re going to live to see the other side, and he’ll call […]

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What I hope you learn in Kindergarten

You might have been this excited once before. That time we surprised you with a birthday trip to Disney World might hold a candle to this giant, yellow bus. It’s the same one you’ve watched drive along our street for years, and today it stops for you on your first day of Kindergarten. The steps look […]

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Inspiration for baby book memories

At Soulments, we aspire to end empty baby books everywhere. As a mindfulness-based journaling app, you’ll receive inspiring prompts like these to remind you to capture and reflect on those pregnancy and first-year moments you don’t want to forget. Pregnancy Many moms pick up journaling when they learn they are expecting. Snapping photos of a growing baby bump […]

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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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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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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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