Kids who are bullied may feel depressed, anxious, sad and lonely. They may have changes in sleep patterns, experience academic decline, complain about their health, participate less in school activities or skip school altogether. All who are impacted share...
As I was sitting down to write this, I heard a crash come from the garage. For a moment, I sighed heavily, squinted my eyes shut, and determined not to check on that sound. When I heard my six-year-old...
No parent ever wants to find out their child is being bullied. We take on their sadness, desperation and embarrassment. Then, we get angry. We want someone to fix it fast.   How can bullying still be a problem in...
Jealous Much?

Jealous Much?

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I like to think I’m not a very jealous person. Most of the time, I am happy to celebrate others' successes and support their accomplishments and goals and opportunities. I know how important this is to healthy relationships, and...
After having my third child, I came to realize that although my emotions were all over the place with each birth, there was one emotion I felt immediately with all three of my boys: mom guilt. Is that an...
I recently came across a quote that stuck with me and made me think. “Never let your storm get your kids wet.” Here’s why it stuck with me…because I don’t agree with it. Let’s face it; life is hard....
Do you know that feeling when you get an hour (or twenty minutes) of down time? The sensation of freedom and the release of tension? We need it, we crave it! It’s so valuable because it’s so rare. I...
In the early stages of parenting (I’m talking EARLY...first kid, early 20s, no clue what I was doing), I picked every battle. Everything was a heavy, deep decision that troubled my heart. From vaccines to diapering to which blender...
Last year, when I was pregnant with my third baby, I wrote about some of the thoughts I had about starting over with baby number three. As I mentioned at the time, there is quite an age difference in...
Yes, you read the title correctly. I have a toxic trait and it is having high expectations for everything. I don't mean that in a "perfectionist" sort of way, more of an "unfettered optimism" way. I just really, truly,...
Should. Could. They seem like such harmless words. They don't convey malice or even happiness, they're just random clarifying words used in sentences. Except they aren't. They're right up there with the worst of them. Follow me for a...
As I sat in my car, post-Target meltdown, I couldn't help but think where I had gone wrong as a mom. My child had just ran down the aisles, kicking and screaming as I tried to sit him in...

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Where to See Christmas Lights in Knoxville

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Driving around town to find the best light display has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. My parents drove us around every...
Knoxville Christmas Tree Farms

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