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Alexander Reese Myrthil

No One Fights Alone: Overcoming Childhood Cancer

Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer (CureSearch Cancer Research). On March 3, 2014, my nephew, Alexander ‘Papou’ Myrthil, became one of the 43 children. He was 21 months old and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). I remember the night childhood cancer hijacked my nephew’s body, invading our family. I received a call at midnight, my sister […]

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protecting my children

Practical Steps For Protecting My Children

WARNING: Some of what is written here does relate to child abuse, including the sharing of some harsh statistics.The moment my kids came into my life, a mama bear instinct awoke with a fierce and protective growl. I intuitively knew the fragility of that tiny baby, and wore with great weight the responsibility of protecting […]

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Minimalism: Simplifying for my Family’s Sake

Working full-time, having two small kids and a husband at home, traveling every other week and trying to maintain some sort of social life in the midst of dance classes and t-ball games makes it difficult to keep up with my ‘pre-kid standard’ of cleanliness and slight OCD behavior.   But I tried. I really tried to […]

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Teaching Children Not to Lie

What is a Lie? A Parenting Dilemma About Teaching Children Honesty

An online friend recently posted a moral dilemma. Caught in a lie and fearing consequences, her young nephew fought back with the logic of a “surprise” trip to Walt Disney World the family had planned. “But Aunt Polly lies about taking us to Disney,” he said. “And she doesn’t get in trouble.” Ouch. And therein […]

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Facebook, Friendship and 4 Tips for How to Do Them Right!

Facebook, Friendship and 4 Tips for How to Do Them Right!

I recently read a Facebook post where a mom joked that she forced her kids to plan their own play dates because she didn’t like talking to other moms. It bothered me. Why do we hate having to talk to each other? It’s already hard enough to make mommy friends and it’s even harder when we try to avoid […]

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Cinderella Step Mom

What Cinderella Gets Wrong About Being a Stepmom – And How to Get it Right

We all know the story about the wicked stepmother enslaving Cinderella. The evil woman didn’t want to let her go the ball. It took a fairy godmother and some mice to transform Cinderella and help her escape the wrath of this terrifying maternal figure and find her Prince Charming. Thanks a lot Disney, for giving […]

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