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The D-word: Discipline

As parents, we strive to have good kids. However, we don’t just happen upon these so-called “good” kids. It is our job to teach them. We can’t expect to have obedient, well-behaved kids without good, solid discipline. And, let’s be honest: disciplining is hard work. What works for one child, may not work for another. […]

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Parents of Struggling Kids, I Believe You

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about my daughter’s struggle with Pediatric Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder). With PANDAS, the brain becomes inflamed by a misdirected autoimmune response to a strep infection. PANS includes a broader set of environmental and infectious triggers with the same […]

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What I Wish I Had Done Sooner: Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) Lessons

Disclaimer: Drownings can occur with experienced swimmers; please find a teaching method of swimming that fits your family. This is the experience of the writer and cannot substitute for your own research and/or experiences. No two children are the same, and every child may respond to teaching methods differently. My overachieving tendencies began at a […]

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One Workout at a Time: Sticking to My Resolutions

It’s April. I’ve stuck to my New Year’s resolution, and I’m still going to the gym. Thanks for checking in! While you’re here, could you compliment my biceps? Don’t they look toned? Am I crazy, or does my hair look stronger to you? It seems stronger. These past few months, I’ve crawled (bear crawled) my […]

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Property Tax Tips from a Pro

Property Tax Tips from a Pro

The time has come once again for everyone in the great state of Texas to collectively sigh and say, “I have to pay how much for my property taxes?” We are subject to paying property taxes on our homes each year, but Texans do not pay any state income tax, so while we tend to […]

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Raising Readers

My children are pod people. Do I date myself when I use that reference? Body Snatchers was a really bad movie released in 1993. It’s the third remake based on a book called The Body Snatchers, written in 1955. Basically, it’s about an alien race that aims to take over our planet by creating exact replicas of us, except […]

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Exhaust Notes: Insider Tips to Car Buying

On any given night, if you pressed your ear to the closed door, you might find yourself in shock and awe at the sounds emanating from my bedroom.   You might hear a soft purr gently rising and falling in volume. You’d hear guttural noise build slowly—louder, aggressive, and insistent on being heard. Sometimes described […]

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