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Pregnant During the Pandemic

Masks. Telehealth appointments. Cancelled birth classes. Forced isolation. For mothers preparing to give birth in the year 2020, things have looked a lot different than they did not all that long ago. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned the...

81 Essential Life Skills to Teach Kids at Every Age

For many parents, life has slowed down a lot — we are at home with our kids all day, every day. We have nowhere to go, nothing on our calendars, and all the time in the world right now....

The Flu, and Farewell 

My 4-year-old has the flu, and it’s your fault. You might protest: “But Riane, how could it be my fault? We’ve never even met!” To that, I say: That is a strange way of apologizing for giving my child...

Adulting 101

As a teenager, Nicole Winrod’s mother would have her schedule her own doctor’s appointments and run errands. Once she was allowed a little independence, Winrod says it was like ripping off the Band-Aid. “It made me want to do...

Book Buddy

Over the past several months, I’ve been on book tour promoting my new book, Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance. I’ve done several local events at bookstores and book fairs, and my 4-year-old daughter has attended many of them....

Surviving the NICU 

As with many first-time parents, I awaited the birth of my daughter with eagerness and expectancy. Having chosen to do a natural birth, I had my birth plan outlined and my doula lined up so that the birthing process...

Self-care for Busy Parents 

Let’s face it: In general, you are probably more concerned with your child’s well-being than your own. That’s natural, but it can also lead to burnout — fast. But no matter how busy you might be, taking care of...

The Benefits of a Postpartum Doula 

Postpartum is hard. Having a new baby is hard. Trying to figure it all out while staying your fabulous self is hard.  Finding help though this difficult process? That’s easy.  When you need help during this season of life, an infant...

Kid in the Kitchen 

My daughter loves to help me cook. Granted, just as when she wants to “help” clean the house, or work on the computer, or mow the lawn, her definition of what it means to “help” tends to net more...

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way 

Of all the challenges that come with being a parent, perhaps one of the hardest to think about is what will happen to your children should something happen to you and your spouse. While creating an end-of-life plan -- also called...

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