The beginning of a new stepfamily is rarely a smooth transition. In fact, for each member of the stepfamily the journey begins well before the stepcouple ever meets. Everyone comes into a stepfamily with some “baggage” that influences their...
My house has recently seen a lot of tough conversations surrounding current events. Of course, they are conversations that need to be had, but approaching them with young children can be a balancing act, and I'm always looking for...
I’m a stay at home solo parent. My husband works as a commercial airline pilot. He loves his job. I love my job as a stay at home parent, too. While my husband is jet setting the world, I...
I recently met a father to two grown boys and the stepdad to 2 young girls (ages 9 and 13). Let's call him Joe, his wife Karen, and his stepdaughters Jenna and Kiera. Joe adores his stepdaughters and they...
How are you raising your child to care for creation? Whenever people ask how life as a parent is, I usually say, “Every day feels a bit like an experiment.” What worked yesterday doesn’t work today. What didn’t work last...
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Cool Mom Wannabe

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I consider myself new to this “Mommy Chapter” in the book of life. I had always wanted to be a mom. I had as many baby dolls as my bedroom could hold, I had changing tables, doll cribs and...
Just three weeks ago, we were blessed to bring a healthy baby boy into the world. It was just days before things escalated with the coronavirus in Ohio and before the quarantine was put into place. "Social Distancing" and...

Parenting “Fails”

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We’ve all been there. You swore up and down you’d never let your kids watch more than an hour of TV a day and here they are, watching God knows how many episodes of Paw Patrol on a Saturday...
Having two babies very close together is becoming more and more common. Sometimes it is intentional and a lot of times it is a surprise to parents. I remember the day I read the results of the pregnancy test;...
Yes, we’d love to hang out with you and your family! But there’s just one catch, we have to be home by 6:30 p.m. You see, my kids are just not flexible when it comes to bedtime. I’m not...

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Exploring Easton’s Expansion District

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Growing up on the east side of Columbus, I was thrilled when the plans for Easton were announced. Watching the evolution of Easton has...
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Igloo Dining in Columbus