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That Parenting Sweet Spot

February 17, 2018

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think I’m on the downhill side of the toddler stage. The beginning of the sweet spot. Don’t get me wrong, there are still tantrums and a lot of whining, but my kids are FINALLY entertaining themselves.

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SafeSplash Stories: Snow Days

February 10, 2018

If you are anything like our family, you look forward to snow days with a certain amount of dread and a small tinge of happy remembrance thinking about the snow days of your youth. But by 10 am or so, the happy feelings begin to wane.

The dread comes about because we don’t normally plan an entire day of activities for our kids. On a regular day, they go to school, have “practice,” eat, and then sleep. But when they wake up at 6:30 am like our kids do, find out they are free from any educational restrictions, they seem to ratchet up their energy level like they downed a couple of Red Bulls while cramming a plateful of chocolate chip pancakes covered in syrup and whipped cream into their sticky mouths.

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Olympic Origins: 2x Gold Medalist, Courtney Shealy Hart (Part II)

February 07, 2018

My name is Courtney Shealy Hart from Atlanta. I am a wife, a mom, and a 2000 Olympic 2x gold-medalist.

Hello again from Atlanta. 

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Olympic Origins: 2x Gold Medalist, Courtney Shealy Hart

January 20, 2018

My name is Courtney Shealy Hart from Atlanta. I am a wife, a mom, and a 2000 Olympic 2x gold-medalist.

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Wrap It Up! Try a Gift-Wrapping Party!

December 16, 2017

This time of year we are busy. We are busy spending time with my family and friends. We are busy shopping, gifting, chatting, and wrapping. I always want to see my friends during the holidays but, as a parent, I have no time at all for getting together with my friends. Being a parent is hard work and takes a lot of time. Being a friend is equally important, but we devote a lot less time to it.

Many years ago I started a new tradition with my friends, and it has solved some of the holiday stress. It is a wrapping party! It has become one of our most beloved traditions because it ensures we have time for our friends while still getting holiday things done.

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