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Stress During Hard Economic Times

07.12.24 07:54 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Stress During Hard Economic Times

Stress during tough economic times is a common experience, and it’s essential to manage it effectively. Here are some practical tips to help you cope:


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Pause but Don’t Panic:

Negative news about the economy can be overwhelming. Stay informed but avoid getting caught up in doom-and-gloom hype. High anxi...

A Letter to our Kids

07.01.24 12:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
A Letter to our Kids

To Our Sons and Daughters (A letter from your busy working mom)

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As a working mom, I want to share some heartfelt advice with you. Life can be busy and challenging but remember that you’re never alone. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:


Balance: Finding balance between work, family,...

Maternity Leave! Know Your Rights!

06.25.24 05:14 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Maternity Leave! Know Your Rights!



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Maternity leave rights in the United States vary based on federal and state laws. Here’s what you need to know:

 

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):

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-The FMLA provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for specific family and medical reasons, including c...

Navigating Health Care Insurance

05.20.24 12:29 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Navigating Health Care Insurance
Navigating insurance for children can be overwhelming, but here are some essential tips for parents (these tips can also be helpful for assisting our aging parents and also ourselves) ....



Understand Coverage Options: Familiarize yourself with available insurance options. These may include employer-s...

The Emotional Demands of Being a Working Mom

05.10.24 04:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
The Emotional Demands of Being a Working Mom


We all know those days when we are frazzled, at our wits end, and need a break before the proverbial lid explodes off the pot. The emotional demands of a working mom are multifaceted and can be quite taxing. 


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Helping your Teen Heal from a Broken Heart

05.05.24 09:00 AM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Helping your Teen Heal from a Broken Heart

Dealing with a broken heart can be tough for teenagers, and as a parent, it’s natural to want to support them during this challenging time. 


Here are some helpful strategies to assist your teenager in coping with heartbreak:




  1. Give Them Space and Time:

    • Understand that there isn’t a specifi...

Ten Ways to Teach your Kids Humility

05.02.24 02:40 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Ten Ways to Teach your Kids Humility

Teaching humility to children is essential for their character development, otherwise we all know those people who never learned to be grateful and never feel that they have enough. It's one thing to be determined to succeed at something, but it's another thing to never feel satisfied, even with sma...

5 Tips to Avoid Working Mom Guilt!

04.25.24 03:30 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
5 Tips to Avoid Working Mom Guilt!




As a working mom, guilt can weigh heavily on your shoulders as you strive to balance career responsibilities with family duties. Here are some strategies to help you cope with that working mom’s guilt:


  1. Forgive Yourself: Recognize that you’re making choices based on your circumstances. ...

How to Calmly Coach your Teenager with Driving

04.22.24 05:31 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
How to Calmly Coach your Teenager with Driving



Teaching your teenager how to drive can be both rewarding and stressful. As a parent, here are seven tips to make the process less nerve-wracking and more enjoyable:

  1. Let Them Take the First Step:

    • Some teens are eager to get behind the wheel as soon as they’re legally allowed, while...

What to do with the Kids in the Summer!

04.19.24 02:30 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
What to do with the Kids in the Summer!


It's that time of year!! So many of us struggle to decide what our kids will do over summer break when we are still working! Although mine is 16 and hopefully will be partially employed, there are many other moms out there tha...

Cherishing Time

03.06.24 04:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Cherishing Time



Time is a weird thing.... sometimes we want it to speed up, and sometimes we want it to slow down. When we are young, busy, and stressed, we want time to move forward to easier moments in the future. When we are older and the days seem to be flying by, we want time to slow down. Fables speak of...

Is Online Highschool Right for Your Teen? 

02.10.24 03:58 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Is Online Highschool Right for Your Teen? 




Our journey to a virtual school was a long one. It's definitely not for everyone. It takes a personality that can stay focused and be responsible. It also needs to be said that WHATEVER you decide to do as a parent, It's YOUR decision. Do what your...

When the Kids Request a Room Makeover! 

09.01.23 01:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
When the Kids Request a Room Makeover! 

My baby is now 15 going on 16 this year. She had been asking for years to have her room updated. As I looked at the childhood remnants of her bedroom, I knew she needed something that fit her age group. The blue walls, the ceiling lined with color changing LED lights, and the sheets wit...

We Are NOT Ready For Pumpkin Spice Season!

08.31.23 08:13 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
We Are NOT Ready For Pumpkin Spice Season!




My daughter Maggie loves pumpkin spice and everything nice..... so when she surprised me with eggs, bacon, a pumpkin-cream muffin, and a pumpkin spiced latte on the morning of August 30, 2023, I just smiled. It was sooooo sweet of her to do that for me. She's an amazing cook! 


I realized everywh...

Teenage Acne and How to Approach It

08.31.22 05:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Teenage Acne and How to Approach It


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We all remember when we were that age. No one wants to stand out and be different in a negative light, especially when you are a teenager. Here is the stepwise approach to managing this common dermatologic annoyance.


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Firstly, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," as best stated...

What Do I Wanna Be When I Grow Up?

08.02.22 05:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
What Do I Wanna Be When I Grow Up?


It hit me a few days ago when I was talking to a colleague at work about our career paths. He said "I have a history of severe depression. Why in the world did I pick a career where people are whining and complaining all the time?" (He is a former surgical Physician Assistant). He did go o...

Teaching our Kids to be Patient in a World of Instant Gratification

07.26.22 04:11 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Teaching our Kids to be Patient in a World of Instant Gratification

I don't know what happened. As I've gotten older, I have less of a filter on my mouth. I also have more confidence and less patience. For example: I'm in a packed grocery store and the woman in front of me checking out is having a conversation with the cashier like she's at a local happy-hour, compl...

"Mom": The Uber and Cash Machine

07.20.22 05:21 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
"Mom": The Uber and Cash Machine


How many of us feel like this??


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Pulled in nine million directions, we work all day, then come home and work some more. Cook, laundry, clean, taxi service to everywhere, and not to forget we are the endless money access mach...

What Do Working Moms Want Most?

05.03.22 05:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
What Do Working Moms Want Most?

As much as I want to say chocolate and red wine, I know this may not be the most popular answer.........


According to a poll by Forbes Magazine, working moms want 3 things:


1) Flexibility:


This was 70% of the vote in this poll. Not all careers have the ability to function completely remote, but when we...

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