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A Parent’s Guide: When Bullying Becomes Assault

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 10, 2018 | Categories: Parenting
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Every mom wants her child to experience a productive, joyful life, and while you can help make this happen, your child will inevitably have hardships. There are times in which they must endure these hardships alone to build character. As much as we wish we could make things easier for our children, we can’t. But, […]

A Purposeful Parent: Finding Your Way Once Kids Are Older

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 5, 2018 | Categories: Parenting
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Time is a luxury, it would appear, that we haven’t got. When we’ve got more important things than ourselves (especially if you are a parent), we tend to prioritize everything else, even the things that actually aren’t more important than ourselves. As a result, we leave ourselves so down low on the pecking order that […]

Teenage Son, The 30 Things I Want You to Know

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 3, 2018 | Categories: Parenting
teenage son

When I became a mom to a boy, I wasn’t sure how to be a mom… to a boy. I quickly realized it didn’t matter whether I had a son or daughter, there was no manual, and I was going to have to learn as I went. But as my son got older and is […]

Happy Labor Day, No… Not That One

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 2, 2018 | Categories: Holidays and Observances, Humor
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Happy Labor Day! Oh, you thought I meant THAT Labor Day? Being a mother and all, I thought I’d celebrate Labor Day by giving a shout out to all the moms out there that have gone through “labor.” In celebration, I found some of the weirdest, craziest, and downright absurd giving birth stories. The day […]

Why You Should Get The Flu Vaccine – National Immunization Awareness Month

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 16, 2018 | Categories: Family and Health

I’ve never had the flu. *Knocks* wood. My son did get the flu, but because he did get the flu vaccine, he had a mild case that didn’t last long at all. I never got a flu shot before my son was born, but after he came into my life, I knew I wanted to […]

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How To Talk To Your Teen About Bullying

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 8, 2018 | Categories: Education, Parenting
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The fact that previous generations of tweens and teens didn’t have cyber bullying to contend with may be a contributing factor in what seems like the rising desperation of victims. It’s not easy talking to your teen about bullying, especially if you don’t already have open communication going on between you and your teens. Tragically, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

No Super Mom Here, But I am THAT Mom

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 19, 2016 | Categories: Family, Parenting
I'm not Super Mom, I am THAT Mom!

I strive to be a good mom. I always thought I would be the kind of mom that doesn’t allow her child to watch too much TV. Or no TV at all. The mom that doesn’t let her child play too many video games, or none at all. The mom that feeds her child only […]

What No One Tells You About Parenthood

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 23, 2016 | Categories: Parenting
What no one tells you about parenthood

When you are expecting your first child, you read all of the books about pregnancy, like “What to Expect When Your Expecting“, babies, and even toddlers. You glean information that is helpful to prepare you for the adventure of parenthood, but there are just some things nobody tells you anything about. As a matter of […]