State of the Union 2015: The Economy & Working Families Top the President's Speech

[UPDATED 7:20 p.m. PST: President Obama laid out a broad and aggressive agenda for his seventh year in office. Read on for more details and reaction from social media. --Grace] ...more
CreativeBugger Wow, 48 hours isn't very long when your spouse is in the hospital and you have ...more

My Mother's Body Got Lost

I'm trying to plan my mother's funeral, but we have a problem. We can't find her. My mother passed away Saturday after a long illness. I had all the funeral arrangement planned months in advance, so I was prepared when the inevitable happened. After she died, I contacted the proper authorities to transport her body 100 miles to her hometown of Wendell, Idaho for the funeral and burial. ...more
Glad to hear you found your mother. I know it must have been a frustrating time. I've heard the ...more

Polls Show Support for Early Education. Will Voters Agree Nov. 4?

On November 4, voters in many states will decide on ballot measures for early childhood education, and recent polls report that most Americans support making preschool more accessible for all. The surveys show that voters in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Georgia view early learning as a priority at both the state and national level. Image Credit: First Five Years ...more
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I Hear You!

  Can you listen to a person talk and REALLY HEAR what they’re saying? Can you listen without judging them?Can you listen and then validate what they say?Then YOU are a terrific human being, and dare I say, a rare commodity, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!...more

Can We Really Keep Our Children Safe?

Recently I watched a video clip of the hit HLN show Nancy Grace in which Ms. Grace discussed a case where a baby sitter is accused of allegedly bragging about sexually assaulting a child in text messages to her boyfriend. Ms. Grace leads into the story by informing viewers that the babysitter holds a Master’s degree and works at a high priced oil company. She further shares that the boyfriend also has a Master’s Degree and makes a five figure salary at the same oil company. I didn’t understand the relevance of sharing this background information about the couple....more

Are We Sending Our Kids Mixed Messages?

As McKinley grows and begins to get involved in more and more activities, including athletics and social groups, I find myself having internal debates about how to communicate the right information to her....more

Should You Consider Adult Day Care For Your Aging Parent?

 Are you considering sending your parent to Adult Day Care? It’s a hard decision to make with so many considerations. You must go to work everyday without worrying about your loved one constantly…are they okay, are they roaming outside of the house, are they a danger to themselves and to the house?...more

A Daughter Teaches, A Mother Learns.

I'd like to tell you a story about a baby girl. Did her mother know one day in April that her doctor appointment would not go as planned. Did she know they would tell her she would deliver her baby that day. Did she know the doctor would use terminology she did not read about in the baby books. Did she know after a suggested sonogram, she would be told that her baby has a "myelomeningocele - spina bifida, a neural tube defect in which a developing baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly." A what? And explain it in WORDS she can understand please! NO, I did not know....more

A piece of peace

As we got word this morning, it has been a day of questions and nerves.  However, not a day without the knowledge that Our Heavenly Father was already here....more

The Business of Childcare

Childcare providers are amazing. They spend their days doing what most parents could never handle. They manage up to a dozen children without the help of anyone else. They deal with tantrums, tired cranky crumb-snatchers and toddlers who bite. They clean up play-dough, paint and sand from the sand box. They fix meals and snacks all day long, including special diets for little ones with allergies and lactose intolerance....more
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5 Skills Every Great Nanny Actually Needs To Be A Rockstar

Working moms and dads know what a huge challenge finding quality childcare can present. Because each family's situation is unique, every option comes with its own set of pros and cons. Figuring out all the pieces of that puzzle takes into consideration both parents' schedules, desires and vision for what they seek in their child's caretaker. Add to that a mix several unique human personalities and is it any wonder it's so hard to find the right match?...more