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Meet the Contributor: Melissa Mark

– Family: My husband Tyler and I have two boys, Nolan and Landon, ages 7 and 4 1/2. Our first baby is actually our 11-year-old boxer Frank, whose hair turned gray as soon as the boys were born. Frank loves playing at parks (including trying to scramble up playsets and slide down slides) even more […]

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Beyond the Time-Out: Calming and Coping Tools for Kids and Parents

Parenting is hard. Calming your erratic and emotionally explosive offspring without losing your own temper can be even harder. When a warning doesn’t work, it can be very frustrating and perplexing to reason with a hopped-up toddler. Obviously, we all want our children to be good people. Therefore, we need to teach them limits, healthy […]

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Spring Break Goals

I look forward to Spring Break every year. Why wouldn’t I? Spring is here! Spring symbolizes wonderful things such as new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather. I feel a thawing in my bones. I’m ready to purge the house, tackle new projects, and sharpen my brain. Thus, what better way to kick off […]

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The Mother of all Friendship

I lived in a new state of insanity as a new mom. I’ve felt crazy before, but this was on another level. Sleep deprivation combined with so much uncertainty, anxiety, and a responsibility to keep my tiny, perfect human alive left me spinning for the first month or so. I didn’t have time to think […]

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