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What You Need To Know About Sex Trafficking in Reno

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Remember when you thought talking to your kids about sex was uncomfortable and tricky to maneuver? Well, I have found a topic that feels even more terrifying. It’s called “How not to get trafficked.” This topic is vital today. Please don’t skip it. Ever look at your kids, ready to …

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Motherhood in the Raw

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Motherhood is an elevated, high calling. It may not appear that way on the outside looking in, since we often find ourselves in humble places (whether we’re wiping bums, cleaning sticky fingers, breathing deeply amidst our frustrations or moving through difficult feelings of being undervalued or unseen). My hope is …

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Reno River Festival: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Weekend Family Outing

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Have you been to the Reno River Festival in recent years? It is amazing to me how this festival has grown and changed since it started 14 years ago. How do I know it was 14 years ago? Because I vividly remember working the inaugural event the weekend that my …

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Reflections: Interviews with 4 Moms of Adult Children

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I had the privilege of asking 10 reflective questions to moms who are “done” raising their children. (Translation: We know motherhood is never “done” or over with — but this means these moms don’t have children who live in their homes anymore, and their roles in their adult children’s lives have changed). …

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Dear Anyone Who Is NOT My Child: Please Don’t Call Me ‘Mom’

Should you Call her 'Mom'? A Flowchart

My 4-year-old daughter was recently in the hospital. And I don’t mean “in the hospital” as in “visiting a friend and then scampering down to the cafeteria for a chocolate fro-yo.” I mean “in the hospital” as in “hospitalized.” For days. Yet every nurse, doctor, CNA and hospital food service …

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As a Parent, I’m Thankful for These Small Joys

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Let me get this out of the way from the outset: I never take for granted how blessed I am to be called “Mom” by three spectacular souls. They are everything to me, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it allows me to truly recognize and express gratitude …

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