My parents never took me on vacation. Well, not in the summer anyway. And certainly nowhere exotic, fancy or far away. Hotels, beach houses, chalets, cabins in the woods? Those were all for rich people. I grew up hearing stories...
The past week has had me thinking about bullies a lot…and sadly not because I just watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, although that program serves as a case study in bullying and toxic masculinity. From the moment Rudolph comes...
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 school year has officially begun. You might be wondering (since our kids have been in school for weeks) what is signaling my official start date. Is it the subtle shift in weather? Or the sprinkling...
I always loved going back to school. During summer break, I counted down the days until classes started up again, no matter how old I was or what I was going to school for. In You've Got Mail, Tom...

New Beginnings

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This week marks a new beginning for our family. This was my daughter's first week of preschool. In addition, she will be transitioning from going two days a week at a home-based daycare, to preschool five days a week. I...
You’ve probably heard the cliché “It takes a village…” when it comes to raising children. I would dare to say that many of you have carefully cultivated your village – creating carpools; watching out for your friends’ kids, and...
Today is the first day of school for many of our kids, so it seems only natural to run far, far away from summer and into the waiting arms of fall. Although it is still hot, the bees and...
I'll never forget when a mom a few years down the road of life informed me that life gets busier as children get older. I couldn't comprehend her statement at the time, because my life with three little kids...
Guys. It's less than a week until Hamilton County Schools start back. (GASP.) While I think my 8- and 6-year olds are ready to get back into the swing of things and see their friends, I'm not sure I...
Every day of elementary school, my lunch box contained the following: a peanut butter sandwich on white bread a Jello pudding cup two cookies (Chips Ahoy or Dunkaroos, preferably) a handful of Pringles Sour Cream and Onion chips ...

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Family-Friendly Hikes Around Chattanooga

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Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or are a local, there are so many beautiful hiking spots to enjoy! Along with breathtaking views of the...