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 […]

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 […]

{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 […]

10 Life Lessons from Children’s Books

Sometimes you just need some inspirational reminders to cheer you up and put things in perspective. And what better way, especially on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, than to go back to the tales of your childhood when things were a little simpler (tree houses and tea parties, those were the days). Here are 10 life lessons […]

Natural Ways I Keep My Family’s Immune System Strong

It’s that time of year again… the time where cold and flus are hitting hard. This year seems to be particularly bad for people, at least from the amount of complaining I’ve noticed on Facebook. Having a healthy immune system doesn’t mean never getting sick. But when you do get sick, it means your body […]

The importance of creative moment and arts in young children

  We’ve all heard it before…”the arts are important for children”…but why? Research has found that active music making can lead to increased language development, math skills, good grades, better-adjusted school behavior and problem solving. While it is great to have scientific evidence proving that children who are exposed to music, dance and other art […]