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DEFINING MOMENTS

Defining moment: a moment in time that defines something, such as a person’s success or failure, achievement, demise, or talent; a point at which the essential nature or character of a person or group is revealed or identified. I am sure we all can identify our defining moments; HS or college graduation, landing that dream […]

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SUMMER OF ICE CREAM

  Our family has one primary summer tradition. Ice cream. Any and every occasion is a reason to celebrate or mourn with ice cream. Won a baseball game? Ice cream! Lost the game on a dropped pop fly? Ice cream. Braces put on? Ice cream. Braces off? How about we celebrate with ice cream? On vacation? Ice […]

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PRINTABLE BACK TO SCHOOL INTERVIEWS

This post was republished with permission from Becca at Who Arted. Back to School Interviews are a fun way to document your child’s changing preferences and personality throughout their school years! The concept is easy: have your little one fill out the below interview at the beginning of each school year. By the time he or […]

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FAMILY PLANNING WITH GENETIC DIFFERENCES

FAMILY PLANNING WITH GENETIC DIFFERENCES

It was almost a year ago when I first shared my unexpected journey into motherhood. As was true of those first few months, my life as a special needs parent continues to be full of surprises. My future plan always included multiple children, all of which would be two years apart. Naturally, after celebrating our […]

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The gifts of having a child with sensory processing issues

THE GIFTS OF HAVING A CHILD WITH SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES

Dealing with my son’s sensory processing disorder has not been easy. I could have done without the years of putting him through occupational therapy appointments, while making time at home to convince him to do the the strangest / most exhausting activities as part of his sensory diet, just to help him stay regulated. I never particularly enjoyed […]

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8 REASONS KIDS LOVE HY-VEE

We love sharing relevant and local information with our readers! We’ve partnered with Hy-Vee to share some of the amazing services they provide at their stores to make kids happy and a parent’s life easier! Take advantage of these services- that’s what they’re there for! Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon Kids can swim, bike and run in support […]

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SMOKY BBQ BURGERS!

This post was republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory. I love, love, love when a Stubb’s box arrives on my doorstep!  My kids think it’s Christmas, and frankly so do I.  In this package I received: Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce, Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce, Bar-B-Q Spice Rub and their Pork Spice Rub. Decisions, decisions. Like all […]

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ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO EXPLORE OUTDOORS (WITH WQPT’S MR. SCOTT AND NATURE CAT)

Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from a local dad! (Yes – dads are allowed here, too!) Thanks to Michael Carton, director of education and outreach for WQPT – Quad Cities PBS (and dad to Bubba, age 4),  for sharing this post about […]

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