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This month marks the 27th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. He’s been gone as long as he was alive. Cobain lived a short, troubled life. But damn — he made…

A conversation with Jon Waldman, author of ‘Swimming Aimlessly’

Image created by author. Photo credits Pixabay and Unsplash.

When was the last time you heard a man speak openly and honestly about infertility? For many of us, the answer is “Never.” But the statistics show that infertility is more common than we realize.

In Canada, one in six couples experience infertility. While in the U.S., around one in 10 couples will struggle to have a child. That means you know someone — likely multiple people — who have dealt with infertility, even if you weren’t aware of it. These people are your coworkers, friends, and neighbors.

When women have difficulty trying to conceive, they tend to be more…

It’s an emotion that doesn’t benefit anyone, especially you

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All of us have felt guilty at one time or another. Maybe we let someone down. Or, we didn’t live up to someone else’s — or own unrealistic — expectations.

If you’re a parent or helped raise a child, you know there is no end to the guilt you can feel. Did I do the right thing? Is this the best choice? Why is my child so angry at me?

There are three situations where we parents often feel a sense of guilt: when we can’t afford something our child wants; when we say “Yes” and then change our mind…

And none of them are “go to sleep earlier”

Better mornings are possible, no Rooster required. [Photo credit suju-foto on Pixabay.]

Do you dread weekday mornings? Does it take a crowbar to get your kids out of bed? And are you looking for advice beyond, “Put them to bed earlier”? I’ve got five creative hacks that will make waking up a little easier.

Invigorate the air with essential oils

Certain scents are naturally stimulating. Peppermint, cinnamon, grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon all help us wake up and stay alert. Which ones you use is a matter of personal preference.

If you have an essential oil diffuser, use these scents in the morning. …

Happy Easter to those of you that celebrate the holiday. This is the second year in a row that most egg hunts are cancelled. Will you set up your own…

Are you in the U.S.? I do run into homeschool haters every now and then, but I can't say I've encountered much of a stigma. There's a whole generation of homeschoolers that are attending college, entering the military, and becoming entrepreneurs.

I currently homeschool 2 of my 3 kids. (Oldest attends an online public school.) It doesn't take all day to lesson plan and homeschool. Really. And I work part-time. My family has a lot more freedom than if we were tied to the school calendar.

There are lots of opportunities for your kids to be around other kids. Just…

I published this article last night, and it’s already going viral. It’s in my top five most read stories, and the numbers are climbing by the hour:

What blows me…

It has nothing to do with COVID and everything to do with mom-shaming

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Melina Tesi is a mother, a vlogger, and a social media influencer. In early 2021, she gave birth to a little boy. (Congrats, Melina and family!) Melina shared a short video clip of her c-section on Instagram.

I’d like to share two parenting articles that I read this week: one that made me laugh and one that made cry.

First, the funny one. Check out this delightfully…

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