When Postpartum Depression isn’t Depression

Our youngest daughter was conceived via IVF. When we went in for the transfer, the on-call doctor matter-of-factly informed us that our embryos were all doing very poorly and were not going to survive. In fact, he all but assured us that the transfer wouldn’t take and suggested that we start planning our next attempt. But 11 […]

The “Work” of Childhood

What are your most fond memories of your childhood?  My favorite childhood memories involve unstructured outdoor play.  Chances are your favorite childhood memories involve play in nature too. Growing up in South Florida offered me year-round opportunities for exploration (most of the time barefoot) and play outside.  We made our own outdoor houses and created […]

{Smyrna Voices} Why I choose to send my son to a public school in Smyrna

  Originally posted July 2, 2014 When I tell people I pulled my oldest son out of private school and placed him into a public school located in Smyrna, specifically, Smyrna Elementary School, I am sometimes met with a puzzled look followed by the words, “Oh, really?” or “Interesting”.  I wasn’t totally surprised by these […]

Make a Difference This Holiday Season…Locally

  Whether it be giving your time, talent or treasures, there are many ways to get involved this holiday season.  There are many national and local non-profits serving children, adults, animals, and the environment right here in Cobb County. While these groups need our support year-round, there are some special needs at this time of […]

How to Improve your Christmas Morning Photos

  The tree is lit, it’s 6am and it looks like everyone in the house has been “good” this year as Santa has left lots of goodies for your little ones under the tree. As everyone hurtles towards the living room and the wrapping paper starts flying, you reach for your camera only to find […]

Born Still and Still Parenting

When a baby is born in America there is usually a lot of fuss. Showers or “sprinkles” have been thrown, registries registered and every need anticipated for the new addition. Then, after the baby arrives, there are “sip and sees,” home visits, relatives who move in to help for a few weeks and definitely the […]

{International Babywearing Week} The Best Soft Structured Carriers

Since it’s once again International Babywearing Week, we wanted to bring this topic back around again. Last year I shared my “Adventures in Babywearing” story. So if you’ve read that, or done any research on the benefits of babywearing, then you’re all set on the “whys” of it. But if you’re expecting a baby, or […]

3 Ways to Stay Healthy as the Seasons Change

With the recent cooling of Atlanta temperatures, many of us have welcomed Fall with open arms! For some, this seasonal change can bring a new set of symptoms and ill health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the rates of flus/colds increase during colder seasons. This has less to do with how […]

{In the Community} Cobb Moms Helping Cobb

Social media gets a bad rap these days, but here in Smyrna/Cobb we have several Facebook groups, formed by local parents, who are actively (and rapidly!) changing our community for the better. This is Part II in our series highlighting these incredible groups. Cobb Moms Helping Cobb was founded in 2014 by Rebecca Bloom. To introduce the group, I […]

Posting Milestones on Social Media

Parenting can at times be as challenging (ahem, toddler tantrums) as it is rewarding. We as parents put a ton of pressure on ourselves to be the perfect parent and ensure our children are set up for success (and looking fashionable). We often look to those who have gone before us or are going through […]