Although I haven’t read it, I’m relatively familiar with the 5 Love Languages. However, after you have a baby, I’d argue that, no matter what “language” your love normally speaks, the best gift is help (or, as author Gary...
I remember thinking when our babies were born that college seemed far off. People told us we should start saving right away, especially after we had five babies in about six years. But there was always something else--paying for...
Many women walk through an infertility journey that remains unspoken. It can leave us thinking that we are alone and the only ones on the journey. I hope that by sharing my journey, you know that you are not...
Good intentions are never a replacement for respecting a parenting decisions. Remember, the five minutes you see are not a complete picture of what parents are teaching. Last Sunday, Crispin, Claire and I went for a hike. It was a...
It’s true what they say, they grow up fast. So fast. Here I am with a three-year-old and I can barely remember what the baby stage was like. But what I do remember is each time I’d say, she’s growing...
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I'm one of those people who overuses the word "love." In 10 Things I Hate About You (perfect movie from the 90s), Bianca says, "There's a difference between like and love. Because, I like my Skechers, but I love...
  Well...not daycare. My children don't go to "daycare." They go to an early childhood enrichment center. I usually just say child care, or school. I've heard several people make the comment about not sending their children somewhere during the day because they...
I’ll never forget the day (over 10 years ago) when my husband comes home with our 2-year-old very distraught (the husband not the kid!). They had been at a splash pad/ playground and I had stayed home with the...
“I will NEVER do this to my kids!” I thought heatedly, with deep conviction, for the thousandth time. I was a little kid with big emotions, one of them being frustration rooted in the feeling that my parents just...
As parents, it can be a challenge to let our children struggle. We want to keep them safe; we do not like to see them having a hard time. It feels as though it goes completely against our evolutionary...
I have a love/hate relationship with day care. Claire was born in January. I was lucky enough to have about ten weeks of family leave. (Although I’m privileged compared to most in the country, I shouldn’t have to feel lucky—this...
Having a child is an invitation to become a better you. I recently saw a meme that said, “Things we model for our kids, whether we realize it or not…” and it listed: relationships with technology, how we deal with...
This is the third segment in a three part series tackling how to parent in more eco-friendly ways. The first post was on cloth diapering, the second on food waste, and this one will discuss toys and clothing. In our...

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April Poll: Flagstaff’s Favorite Smoothie Stops

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Do you love a good smoothie? We asked our local Mom Community and Conversation page for their favorite smoothie stops and the most votes...