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Finding Your Something

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About ten years ago, my high school students had an esteemed guest visit our theater class – Barbara Deutsch. Not only is she a dynamic, highly successful career and acting coach, the creator of the Barbara Deutsch Approach, but she is also my bestie’s mother-in-law. She told a very simple story which really resonated with my students. I will attempt to paraphrase the story, but for those of you out there really looking for some insight, you should go directly to the source. Nonetheless, this is story I recall :… More

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A Conversation on Body Image: There is No Scale in Our House

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Body image has been a concern for me as a mama, since Harper was a baby. Of course body image isn’t a concern for a baby, but I knew that it would be a concern I would have to face, or more honestly put, that Harper would face as she got older. My family has a history with poor body image and with eating disorders, but even if we didn’t I know how mean girls can be. I know the pressure young girls face, even at a way to early age (I’m not sure what is an appropriate age to start worrying about our looks and obsessing over our weight, but I am sure that elementary school is too darned early)…. More

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Home Care vs. Daycare: What's Right for My Baby?

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You can choose the wrong size diapers or screw up your swaddling technique, but deciding on child care is one parenting choice you want to get right the first time. If you’re lucky, you’ll have multiple options to consider, including both established daycare centers and providers who work out of their homes. But how to choose? To find out how to make that call, we talked to Tina Pascoe, a nurse who works with Nurses for Daycare, a Connecticut-based consulting and training firm that specializes in health and safety of child care centers…. More

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5 Ways to Help Afford Your Family

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Do you worry about money? Do your bills outweigh the amount of money you bring home each month? Are you paying the bills but want to have money left over to increase your savings? I’m sure a lot of you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions. The cost of living today is expensive and it will just keep increasing. If you have kids, they burn an even bigger hole in your pocket. According to CNN Money, it will cost an average of $233,610 to raise a child who was born within the last two years. That’s a lot of money! Since money doesn’t grow on trees (although that would be nice wouldn’t it?), I’m going to give you 5 ways that can help you afford your expenses…. More

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Tips for Figuring Out Your Birth Plan

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Do you picture your delivery room quiet and dim, or will it be packed with rowdy friends? Do you envision a water birth, or have strong feelings about episiotomies and circumcision? It’s okay not to know the answers to those questions yet, but you won’t want to think about them while you’re in labor. A birth plan doesn’t have to be comprehensive to be useful, says Allie Sakowicz, a Chicago-based doula with more than five years experience. She shared some of what she’s learned helping countless clients create their own plans…. More

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