November is often a month set aside for thankfulness, and a tweet I recently saw reminded me of this in a great way. The post simply joked, “I keep hearing it takes a village to raise a child. Do...
Some of my first memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas included me looking anxiously at the calendar six weeks before the big days, when my mom and dad's work schedules arrived, to see who would be working and who would...
A funny thing happened when I moved south. Schools closed at the very threat of snow. Recess was cancelled when the weather got below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. And moms around the Chattanooga valley started murmuring that it was simply...
There are some lessons in life that are difficult for even adults to learn. I'm not talking about conjugating verbs in French, but rather, the act of looking around at the world and seeing each and every person as...
Confidence. Franklin D. Roosevelt said these words, "Confidence...thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them, it cannot live." His words sum up why true inner-confidence is so difficult...
I understand why people only post their highlights on social media. A couple of weeks ago, in the interest of being real, I posted about what a difficult morning I was having. By far, most people were kind, understanding, and...
Picture it: 1995, Wednesday evenings, 5:45pm. I dreaded all the above as I knew they meant one thing: piano lessons. You see, my mom grew up spending many a day at piano practice perfecting her craft, the one she loved...

Helping Kids Stay Focused

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It may seem like everyone has a child struggling with attention deficit disorder. What was once an uncommon, unnamed issue for a rare few, is now something we are all dealing with in one way or another. Whatever the...
I always wanted four boys. I was the first daughter after four sons and it always looked like my brothers had so much fun together when I was growing up behind them. Being surrounded by six brothers but only...
I've been struggling lately with a parenting conundrum, and by struggling, I mean I've been a stressed-out, half-hysterical mess. What's gotten this momma bear wanting to pull out tufts of hair? In short, school and a daughter who is already...

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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...