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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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...
Growing up in Columbus, I had always heard whispers of the mythical “Columbus Academy”. I had no clue where it was located, and only knew of a few kids who had ever gone there. I just chalked it up...
The topic of discipline is a "hot button" issue for many stepfamilies. It can be the catalyst for chaos and power struggles between stepparents and stepchildren as well as the couple themselves. As one stepdad shared, "It's like walking...
First Pregnancy vs. Second Pregnancy When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t know for a while. Sure I was fatigued and nauseous, so I assumed I had a cold and waited it out. Needless to say, my...

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Columbus Mom Guide to the Month of December

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas feels like something that can bring us all a little joy this year. I think...

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