I started working at 16 years old, and I remember my first job vividly. I worked in an office helping to make copies, file papers, and deliver coffee. It was a summer job and I was so excited to...
Ah, newborn life. On the outside it’s endless baby cuddles and adorable swaddled selfies. But on the inside it’s a wild ride. A ride where you have to constantly guess why a tiny human is crying, adopt spit up...
For as long as I can remember, I looked forward to breastfeeding. My mother speaks quite fondly about her own experience, so I always assumed I would follow in her oversupply footsteps when my time came. When I became pregnant...
I just want to start by saying that I have not been pregnant or postpartum during COVID. I can only imagine the number of things that pregnant people are missing out on during this time. Partners at doctor’s appointments,...
It's Christmas season 2021, and I'm celebrating this year with a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old. Throughout this year, I've noticed the changes in my daughters. Slowly, we've moved away from glitter and princesses and closer to black combat boots...
So you’ve just had a baby! Congratulations. I hope you’re doing OK and getting some (any?!) much-needed rest. You might be too sleep-deprived to have noticed it yet, but the holiday season is upon us! Christmas is just a...
High School marching band: you either totally get it or you don’t get it at all.  Sure, you’ve probably seen the band perform its halftime show at your local football games, but there’s so much more to band than meets...
Has your child ever come home with tears in their eyes and a story about a complicated situation that took place on the playground? Have you ever wondered what on earth is the best advice to give them? Playground politics...

Sleep Training Big Kids

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No one told me I would still be trying to solve my children’s sleeping issues long after they leave the crib. My kids are in elementary and middle school and sleep issues still pop up from time to time....
As a birth doula, I have talked with so many expectant parents about their wishes for their birth experience. You'd be surprised how many people plan to "just wing it." Many of them have even brought up their birth...
Childrearing practices run the gamut when it comes to commanding respect from little ones. In order to comply with our elders’ wishes, many of us were raised on the allure of special treats, fear of punishment, and “Because I...
I had an extremely medicalized, heavily monitored pregnancy and C-section, and because of that (and, you know, COVID) I never really considered the option of finding a doula to help support me at the end of my pregnancy. I...
“Grandparents should be called niceparents!” my son announced proudly from the kitchen at his grandparents’ house.  "Niceparents?" I asked. “Yes! Because they are so nice!” The reason that prompted his newfound realization was that Grandma had simply agreed to cut him yet...
As soon as he was born, my son seemed to absolutely love sticking out his tongue. He did it while he was sleeping, when he was awake and hungry, during tummy time... anytime he felt like it, and it...

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2022 Guide to Vacation Bible Schools in San Antonio

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A few years ago, one of my favorite songs played as I entered Lifeway Christan Store: "Yes to VBS." Vacation Bible School signs are...