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MY {UNCONVENTIONAL} BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY

Breastfeeding has always been intimidating to me. Before having my daughter, my thought on it was always: Good for the moms who rock breastfeeding, but I’m just going to try to keep my life together for like 5 seconds. Because of this, my husband and I decided to attend a breastfeeding class together.  I thought […]

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KIDS’ ARTWORK: KEEP IT FROM TAKING OVER YOUR HOUSE

Little did I know when my heart swelled with happiness with my son Charles’ first scribbles from daycare that one day these same projects and papers – this childhood artwork – would literally take over my house. I won’t lie, I still love looking through my boys’ papers, however, then, I want to recycle 99% […]

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THE MORNING I FAILED

We are now full swing into summer but just a couple weeks ago we were hanging on by a thread. Our family of five was burnt out. Tired. Over it. The morning grind was exhausting and on one particular Thursday morning we hit a new low. I snapped a picture of the uneaten cereal bowl left […]

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THE SURPRISE BABY

It was 2:30 in the morning a couple months ago. I had been tossing and turning for a couple hours thinking about the possibility that I had been considering the last day or so. And I couldn’t get comfortable because, well, I was feeling really uncomfortable. The thoughts kept coming… Could I be? No, I […]

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TO THE MOM IN A FUNK

Dear Moms, It’s January.  It’s grey and cold and the holidays are over.  There are toys all the places, thank you notes that aren’t writing themselves, and a stretch of indoor play that seems potentially endless.  And those are some prime ingredients for a good, solid funk, if I ever did see them. A funk […]

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SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS – THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NEW AAP RECOMMENDATIONS

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! Thanks to Michael Carton, director of education and outreach for WQPT – Quad Cities PBS (and dad to Bubba, age 5),  for sharing this post about a question many parents have in lights […]

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HOW TO SURVIVE (AND NOT RUN AWAY FROM) CONFLICT

Conflict. Confrontation.Disagreement.Dissension. Dispute. Clash. Collide.  Is your stomach roiling and your blood pressure rising at the thought? Perhaps you’re struggling with conflict right now?   For the most part of my life I’ve done a pretty good job at avoiding conflict. I thought I was an expert of “ain’t nobody got time for that” conflict stuff […]

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