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Why Every Mom Should Get Their Babies Vaccinated

Each year in April, the CDC partners with health professionals, community leaders, and parents to promote vaccination, improve health of children ages two and under, and encourage greater access to life-saving vaccines through National Infant Immunization Week. Unfortunately, vaccines have become controversial among many parents. This is largely due to a now-discredited report from a doctor who […]

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Screen Safety: What Every Parent Needs To Know

Protecting our children is every parent’s most important job, but many feel outmatched when it comes to the virtual world. We struggle to keep up with all the apps available, let alone the updates that seem to be released the second we finally understand something. We try to be vigilant about snooping through our children’s tablets and phones, only […]

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Conquering Homework Battles and Other Common Parenting Concerns

This post on conquering homework battles is brought to you by Proactive Life Skills. I have a confession to make — I hate homework. Don’t tell my former students or my kids, although I doubt my kids would be surprised. We’ve all suffered through battles over finishing homework. After a busy day at work, driving […]

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The Day My Daughter Thanked Me for Letting Her Clean Her Room

When I was pregnant, I remember I was terrified of parenting. Of course I knew all the stuff I should know, like how to change a diaper, swaddle a newborn — so on and so on. What I didn’t know was how to parent that bundle of joy. But do any of us? 
My first […]

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Launch Day :: Jacksonville Dogs Blog

Happy April Fool’s Day! The love for our pets is real, and while the thought of an all dog blog sounds brilliant, we didn’t want to offend any cat lovers out there. Here are a few of our favorite blog posts for all of you animal lovers. Why Your Kids Need a Mutt Pets and […]

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Girl, Let Your Hair Down – Birthday Party Fun at MYDRY Blowout Bar

Thanks to MyDry Blowout Bar for helping us let our hair down and celebrate! All opinions are my own!I love birthdays. I love the cake, the ice cream, the cute swoon-worthy Pinterest-inspired decorations, but birthday party planning for kids? It’s overwhelming to me. Our house is small. My kids birthdays are in the winter (granted […]

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Love & Marriage: The State of Our Union

With a new administration in office, some people are likely hopeful about what the future might bring, while others are overwhelmed with feelings ranging from regret to anxiety to fear.  I’ve learned that the lifelong commitment of marriage and parenthood often takes us through a similar range of emotions. One could argue that in both […]

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Please Don’t Touch Me

Do you ever run into someone you haven’t seen in a while — let’s say at the grocery store, for example. You awkwardly see them and make eye contact. They see you as well. They slowly approach. This is where I freeze. I am paralyzed with fear. Is this person going to try and hug […]

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Thank You, Princess Leia

Upon reading the news of Carrie Fisher’s untimely death, I scoured my photos looking for the picture. I remember taking it and loving it, but I never remembered really getting a chance to study it. When I found it buried among all the other pictures from Halloween, I realized exactly why I loved it. My […]

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