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Parents' Blog

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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An Active Lifestyle: How to Find the Time, Energy, and Money to Stay in Shape

December 01, 2017

While being a parent has its rewards, there is no greater feeling than being healthy, vibrant, and full of vitality. If you want your children to know the value of good health, then you’ve got to be the role model to set the tone for a healthy and active lifestyle. Here are some simple and cost-effective ways to stay active.

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When You’re a “Stay At Home Parent” with a Chronic Illness

January 19, 2017

I am a stay at home mom with two toddler boys. As an avid reader of online mom blogs, I know that it is perfectly normal for a mom of two children under two to be tired with “mom fog” and a messy bun not remembering the last time she showered.  However, my situation is a little more complicated than a punch line of a mom blog. I suffer from Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a slew of other autoimmune diseases that cause chronic pain and fatigue.

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How Time-outs are Important Parenting Tools

November 18, 2016

As I’m returning home from another family vacation, it strikes me how the concept of a “Time-out” has changed for my wife and I over our 18 years of parenthood.  When our kids were young, I was fairly prolific with the use of time-outs for discipline.  Some of my time-outs may even go down in annals of parenting lore…the infamous “tuna fish sandwich time-out” will forever live in my family’s holiday stories.  We found time-outs to be very effective at helping our girls understand there were consequences to making poor choices.  They helped give our kids an opportunity to cool off, reflect on the situation and think through other alternative choices they could have made instead.  I particularly liked that time-outs were firm and sent a strong message in our house.

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What is the Best Thing About Being a Mom?

May 08, 2016


"It is hard to put into words what I love about being a mom besides everything. I was a young woman who never wanted children . . . at least not children of my own. When I met Scott, we married quickly - one week from first kiss to engagement.  We were married three months later. Scott had two children, age 6, twins and I loved them from first sight. They were my children. Ten years after we were married and many conversations later; we joke that Scott talked me into having a child of our own. It was not something I ever wanted or thought I would really enjoy or be very good at. I thank God every day I didn’t miss this miraculous opportunity. EVERY DAY I am grateful for Keaton! He makes me laugh and fills me up with love in a way I never knew possible. He is an extension of us and I love watching him every day explore the world, become sarcastic, say things like “dude”, smile and laugh, get frustrated, be helpful and kind and the list goes on and on! It is truly the most amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world!"

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