Awesome parentingLet’s get real...Sometimes the world of parenting can straight up knock you off your feet.

And...it might take you some time to recover. And...after you’ve survived the mountains and valleys for some time, you may even feel like you have finally gotten parenting down! And...you are awesome!

healthy homeWe live in a high-stress world that is filled with unprecedented levels of pollution and synthetic chemicals.  The impact on our health, especially of children, is alarming (hormone disruption, chronic illness, cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavior concerns). Environmental toxins are found all around us- in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, in our homes, in our schools…everywhere!  

Adverse health outcomes are linked with preconception and prenatal exposure to environmental toxins.  Infants and children are more vulnerable to toxins as their bodies are still developing. Our pets are affected too.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report on the environment states that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”  This is a complex topic with numerous avenues of interest so this article will just scratch the service. Instead of letting the complexity intimidate change, focus on the fact that any change is better than none. While we can’t avoid exposure to toxins, we can lessen the burden by starting at home.

nutritionWhat are healthy food choices? What is a balanced diet? How can I encourage my children to choose healthy food options? These tend to be repeated questions that parents ask themselves during their child’s various growth and development stages. But in addition to these questions are the many other responsibilities and concerns of parenting! Let’s try to make this topic a bit simple

Parenting ResourceHomework, grocery shopping, keeping kids entertained: Life can get pretty crazy. Luckily, technology is here to help — there’s an app for almost everything. These apps or devices can help make everyday challenges and activities more convenient.

single parentAnother Sunday morning, another round of goodbye kisses. It’s been eight years since we settled in our home and my husband began working out of state. Before, we had just packed up the two little ones and moved wherever construction work took him. But, our need for roots and security led us to buy a home here in Beaufort County, away from our hometowns for personal reasons. I would stay home with the kids and he would travel for work, coming home on rotations every few weeks. We had no idea how difficult it would be, but we knew it was best for our kid