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Food Allergy Mom’s Tips to Host a Food Allergy-Friendly Play Date

Someday, summer will actually be here. Kids will finish school and summer play dates will be in full swing. Does your child have any friends with food allergies? Do you feel nervous about hosting children with food allergies? As a parent of a child with multiple serious food allergies, I’m here to share with you […]

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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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Bullying in Schools: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

I’ve got some pretty ridiculous parenting nightmares floating around in my head. For instance, my biggest fear while pregnant was that my kid would pretend to be an animal all the time. (Totally freaked me out and of course, came true. She loves howling at the moon with her neighborhood friends…) But one of the […]

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Planning to the Extreme: How Hyper-Organization is Driving me Insane

I know some people (myself included) are in the school of thought that too much planning is never a bad thing. “Measure twice, cut once,” amirite? My friends, this couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve mentioned a few times in my previous posts that I have OCD and extreme social anxiety. Well, part of that means […]

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Bullying: One Mom’s Perspective on Helping Your Kids Cope

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. As many as 28% of all kids from 6th through 12th grade report having been bullied. This particular subject hits very close to home. My daughter coped with being bullied by classmates before she was 10 years old. I know I’m not the only mom helping her child deal […]

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What to Say When Someone Tells You Their Child Is on the Autism Spectrum

Maybe you have met me, or someone like me. Maybe our kids struck up a game on the playground or more likely started fighting over something. During our typical get to know you conversation, we talk about where we live, our significant others, employment, siblings- you know, basic small talk. However, seemingly out of left […]

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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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