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Becoming A Mother Saved My Life

When you look at me today, you wouldn’t know that I was addicted to methamphetamine (also known as meth) for a good ten years.  You wouldn’t know that I endured a very tumultuous, abusive relationship with my girls’ father.  You wouldn’t know that I thought I was supposed to love him first before anything, including my children.  […]

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When Mom is Plagued with Self-Doubt

Sometime in my mid-twenties the carefree confidence that my mother so diligently nurtured in me went away, replaced by agonizing self-doubt. Around the time when I was first diagnosed with depression my confidence disappeared and has not been seen since. This abrupt absence in what I assumed was a core personality trait left a gaping hole in […]

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Cherish Your Favorite Messy Moments

Having been a mother now for over a year, I know I need to cherish every little moment. Believe me, I try to.  I cherish some more than others though.  Moments that delight me and stand out most in my mind, are not always those perfect “Hallmark” moments.  Rather, they are the messy moments; the […]

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Discipline With Words, Not With Hands

When I grew up, there was no talking back to my mom or elders….period. There was no complaining at the dinner table about how I didn’t like something….period. When I was asked to clean my room, I cleaned it with no fuss. You want to know why? It is because I grew up in the […]

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? {Four Essential Traits They Need}

All around Sonoma County, school districts are beginning the process of kindergarten enrollment. And,all around Sonoma County, mamas are lying awake in bed asking themselves, “Is my child ready for kindergarten?” The saying “kindergarten is the new first grade” has become popular in recent years. Consequently parents think kindergarten readiness equals academics. Yes, kindergarten is […]

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