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Why I Stopped Fast-forwarding Commercials During Kids' Shows

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During our childhood, we had barely a couple of shows every weekend aimed at children. We would wait eagerly all week long. Then when the show times would approach, we would put sibling rivalries and play time squabbles on hold to watch the shows together. There was no pause button for live TV and no record button to watch it for later. So, if you missed a show, you missed it. There will again be the nail-biting wait till the next weekend before a one-minute recap will let you live the precious seconds of what your missed episode…. More

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Four Ways To Keep Kids Safe This Summer

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While summer is a time for us to be a bit more carefree, staying up late and sometimes having ice cream for dinner, it is also a time to be vigilant about child safety. Pools can be very dangerous and the littlest ones are susceptible to heat stroke and exhaustion dealing with the heat and humidity that summer can bring (I’m sure you agree with me on this one, fellow Midwesterners). Since we are like many other families that like to spend their summers out and about on adventures, I’m sharing four ways to keep kids safe this summer…. More

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Have I Failed My Child This Summer?

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Accepting the chasm between the imagined and actual reality is never easy.

I am in constant struggle with accepting the breach when it comes to scrutinizing both my own life trajectory, as well as my parenting life. And I’m not just talking about grand ideals on how I want to parent or my dreams of how my child should blossom. No, the reality is that it’s a daily struggle, a sense of guilt, if you will, when you picture what good parenting looks like in terms of day to day activities. This angst gets even more pronounced during the summer break…. More

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Time To Press Pause In Life

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One simple picture; A split second caught on camera. That’s all it took for me to realize that I needed to press pause in life.

Being a working parent is tough. The days are long and sometimes the reward seems minimal, but I take pride in being able to “do it all”. I’m a parent to children both on earth and in heaven, a wife and a television news anchor. And in between my everyday life, I find time to blog, volunteer and even launch a charity in honor of our triplets. Life is busy and finding time to do it all is like mastering a 1000 piece puzzle…. More

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The Importance Of Lighthouse Moments

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Me: Okay, gang. I’m going for my run. Be back in about 30 minutes.

G: Ooooh, can I run with you, Mommy?

Me: Ehhhh. No, buddy, I think it would be sort of hard for you to keep up.

G: PUULLEEEEEAAZZE!?

He hadn’t asked me this before so it took me off guard, you guys, and before I thought better of it I felt these words escape over my tongue:… More

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