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Government Shutdown: How it Could Impact My Family

My husband works for the federal government. When mention of a government shutdown due to the inability of Congress to agree on a budget starts circulating, we pay close attention. News related to this event becomes monumentally important. We start planning together for the impact on our family. Ironically, our relationship began shortly after the […]

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3SquaresVT Challenge: What Our Family of 4 Learned Eating on $99 for a Week

Food insecurity, or the lack of resources, often financial, to acquire nutritious food for every meal on a consistent basis, impacts one in ten Vermonters. The federal government sponsors an entitlement program, known as food stamps or the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and families struggling with food […]

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Negative Body Comments: Things You Can’t Say In Front of My Daughter

My maternal grandmother lived with my mother, father, and me during most of my childhood. I remember her never being satisfied with her appearance and the stream of negative body comments she made about herself. She pointed out the sagging skin under her arms, her “ruined” stomach covered in stretch marks from carrying and giving […]

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: A Plea for Parent-Friendly Time Slots

Let me begin this post by saying I have the utmost respect for teachers. A few of my closest family friends teach elementary school for a living. For the most part, my kids’ teachers communicate well with me about any issues that arise and willingly adapt their teaching styles to meet my kids’ learning needs. […]

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Waking Kids Up on Weekdays: This is How We Do It

While my kids often wake up early on weekends to take advantage of their rare opportunity to watch television or play video games, allowing my husband and me to “sleep in” until 8 a.m., waking kids on weekdays presents a unique set of challenges for all of us. Without the allure of limited screen time […]

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