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Raising Healthy Kids

Depression in Children

Depression is not just an adult problem. People of any age are susceptible to depression. But the signs in children may be different.…

Encouraging Individuality

All of our children have their own personal style which they embrace and love. As long as it is appropriate and they have good behavior, to us there…

Adult Stepchildren

Raising Adult Children

The words adult children may seem oxymoronic, and while the term refers to any child…

Being An Adult Stepchild

As I was growing up with my family fully intact, I never thought that I…

Advice for Adult Stepchildren

It takes effort on both sides when your parent remarries and you become an adult…

Growing Pains

No one told me how painfully wonderful motherhood would be, or how fulfilling I would…

Chris Crossing

Eternity with One Eye

View from the Dragonfly’s Back MomsGetReal Soul Feeder Chris Wilcox I love the new trend towards “real” in advertising. Dove’s Real Beauty campaign, Cameron Russell’s vulnerable TED Talk…

What’s on Your Acre?

View from the Dragonfly’s Back MomsGetReal Soul Feeder Chris Wilcox For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. If you’re a writer, it’s…

2014 and the Commitment to Mii

View from the Dragonfly’s Back MomsGetReal Soul Feeder Chris Wilcox Here’s the scene: It’s December 28th.  I’m at my parents’ house in Idaho Falls. My cousin, Valarie, is…

Stop Staring at Me, 2014!

View from the Dragonfly’s Back MomsGetReal Soul Feeder Chris Wilcox 2014 has arrived in all its glory, and I – being so forgetful – have reread just about everything I…

Healthy Eating

Sugar High

Too much sugar is not good for you or your kids. Cavities are a huge risk with a high-sugar diet but…

Education

#BacktoSchool: The Battle of Homework Hill

Getting Real With Shadra Bruce School will be back in session here soon, and once again we’ll begin the battle of homework hill. You know, the part…

Doing it Alone

Single Parenting Is Really, Really Hard

Getting Real With Shadra Bruce I’ve never actually been a single parent, but I know that single parenting must be incredibly difficult. For two weeks, my husband…

Dating with Kids

Things That are Hard to Do as a Single Parent

As a single parent, there are a lot of things that can be extremely difficult to do on your own. Not that they're impossible, because parents…

Breastfeeding

The End of Mommy’s Milk

I am nearing the end of the weaning process with my son who is now 2 and ¾ years old. I breastfed his older sister till…

Toddlers

Shut Off the Water

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce Those big crocodile tears spell nothing but trouble. You not only have to deal with the cuteness factor that makes you feel…

Teens and Teen Issues

Ask Teens Questions (Just Ignore the Eye Rolling)

Getting Real With Shadra Bruce When your kids are young, there seem to be no bounds to what they will say. There is no filter, which can…

Blended Families

Traditions Aren’t Just for Holidays

Every family has their own traditions, especially on the holidays. Hot chocolate on Christmas eve, the Memorial Day wiffle ball tournament, even knowing who gets the wishbone…