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Postnatal Planning: Three Areas to Focus On

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 29, 2018 | Categories: Parenting

Most expectant moms seek to enjoy every moment of their pregnancy. Delighting in the experience and excitedly anticipating the way that their life will change in just a few short months. As a result, the idea of actively planning for the postnatal period may not seem particularly appealing. Because you want to relax and make […]

Regrets Often Heard From Modern Moms

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 1, 2018 | Categories: Parenting
Regrets often heard from modern moms

There’s no denying that moms are brilliant (don’t worry dads, you are too) and deserve all the appreciation that they get. Unfortunately, many spend so much time focusing on others that they ignore the simple issues that would allow them to enjoy parenting to the max. As such, millions of women look back in later […]

School Blues: Why Doesn’t My Kid Want to Go

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 24, 2017 | Categories: Education, Parenting
school blues and why your kids don't want to go to school

There can be various reasons why kids don’t want to go to school. There could be bullying, a psychological issue, a problem with teachers or discomfort in the school environment. Contrary to belief, not every kid adapts to the school model. Many find it very difficult indeed, often due to the lack of structure in […]

Riding a motorcycle when you have kids, irresponsible?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 22, 2017 | Categories: Parenting
Is riding motorcycles irresponsible parenting

There is no doubt that riding a motorcycle is a popular activity. In India alone, more than 37 million people ride a motorcycle or scooter. But, what if you are one of those bike enthusiasts, and you become a parent? Can riding a motorcycle make you an irresponsible parent? Many lifelong bikers get rid of […]

How to Calm the Starting High School Anxiety

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 3, 2017 | Categories: Parenting, Shopping
Tips to calm high school anxiety with Back to School at walmart.com #BackToBusiness

  I can’t believe that summer break is over and my son attends freshman orientation tomorrow I think I’m experiencing as much anxiety about it as my son is. I mean… HIGH SCHOOL! Seriously, wasn’t he in Kindergarten just last year? Sigh. My son is starting a new school in a new district, which makes […]

Feeding Your Baby Good Quality Baby Food

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 13, 2017 | Categories: Babies, Parenting
high quality baby food

Once babies are three months old, and about to enter their fourth month, mothers start watching for signs for the right time to introduce baby food to their children. Mothers will oftentimes ask other parents about the best baby food to feed their children, and many will look up to check on the recommended baby […]

Tips for Buying a Teen Their First Car

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 20, 2016 | Categories: Auto, Parenting
Tips for buying a teen their first car like a used car from DriveTime....

I’m a mom who will have a teen driver in just under a year. Just typing that sentence made me queasy. So thank you to today’s sponsor, DriveTime, for understanding the nervousness of parents like me, and helping make the purchase of a car for a first-time driver easier for moms like me. My son […]

Love Yourself Enough to Take 5 Minutes for You

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 30, 2016 | Categories: Motivational, Parenting, Women
Take 5 with Cafe Breaks from Ingles using Ibotta app.

As a mom, it is so easy to get caught up with family and work responsibilities so much so that we oftentimes put everyone else first. It’s nice to get a helping hand from brands like today’s sponsor, Cafe Breaks through Acorn Influence. They want to help moms like me to recharge, relax, and take […]

5 Fun Things to do With Your Teen Son This Summer

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 22, 2016 | Categories: Family, Parenting
General Mills Tiny Toast cereal from Kroger a great summer snack

Between end of school year activities and summer trips and projects, it’s nice to get a helping hand from brands like today’s sponsor, General Mills. They want to help moms keep their teens fueled with fun snacks this summer. It is officially summer!  Although, judging by the weather, it has felt like summer for the […]

How to Raise an Independent Child

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 24, 2016 | Categories: Parenting
Raising an independent child...

On Sunday we waved bye to our 13 year-old independent son as he and a bus load of his theater friends embarked on a week long trip to New York City… I compared it to the first day of Kindergarten. It was a very similar feeling for me — except when I left him at […]