Family Blogs

I absolutely love spending time with my kids in the warmer spring days. We enjoy snapping photos of the blooming flowers, having picnics on the green grass, and swinging at the playground. Here are some fun learning activities you can do with your preschooler this spring. ...

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"I just need you to sign this, saying that you understand that we will be testing your urine for all medications," I say, handing the urine specimen cup to my patient who has come in to the hospital. She looks up at me, confusion in her eyes, but quickly nods her assent. "Ok, sure," she mumbles, marking her initials on the cup with a shaky ...

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What's your standard drink order? Grande skinny caramel macchiato with two pumps of toffee nut? Water with lemon? Whiskey with ginger and a squirt of honey? Just as we have our preferences when it comes to what we drink and when, our little ones have their own particular preferences. Of course their preferences can prove a bit awkward for the ...

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"Leadership is unlocking someone's potential to become better." -Bill Bradley I recently came across an article about ways parents cripple their children from becoming leaders. As a child, I never felt as if my parents really fostered leadership. It probably didn't help that I was a huge (and still am) introvert. Yet I wonder if there were ...

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Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you're anything like me, you're probably not even going to ask for anything, right? In fact, my daughter told me this morning that she knew I didn't want anything for Mother's Day (which actually coincidentally happens to be my birthday too this year!), because "We are the only gifts you need, right ...

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For well over a year, after popping our four kids in six years, I finally got in the habit of exercising almost every day. I mix up my workouts, alternating between my favorite at-home video workouts (I love the Beachbody videos, especially Shaun T.'s Max 30 and T-25 programs), days at the gym lifting weights with my much younger and fitter ...

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Testing season is upon us once again, and my phone is ringing off the hook with questions about opting out. The majority of these questions come from parents concerned about test anxiety. In some cases, the child struggled with anxiety during testing in the past. In other cases, the child shows some signs of mild anxiety and the parent worries ...

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If you dare to mention your quest to find the ultimate work/family balance to your working mom friends, they will probably giggle in return.  Balance?  What's that? Being a working mom can lead to feelings of guilt and stress.  Divided attention between work and family can make it difficult to ...

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About twice a week after I pick my "big" kids up from school, I drag them to the gym with me. And while a little piece of me feels incredibly guilty for making them sit in the little side room or playroom that my gym has that really is very tiny because it's a small gym, I tell myself that it's important to take them. If the gym happens to be ...

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Flowers. Chocolate. Brunch. These are the things that Mother's Day gifts are made of. But in my mind, there's no better gift than a book. The chance, and the excuse, to curl up and relax with words and thoughts and tears and laughs makes me swoon. And when it comes to books that make great ...

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