We Have More Than 18 Summers

I’m not sure who started “you only get 18 summers with your kids.” It seems like every summer, those sentiments go around the Internet causing moms to get emotional and write out their summer bucket lists to prevent a wasted summer. It’s another reminder that time goes by quickly and to enjoy every moment. (This was my reaction the first time I read it.) Trust me, I lost it and just wanted to cry into my pillow especially because I have an only child so our “18 summers” are not extended with a second child.

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Why Having an Only Child is Right for Us

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram then you know that I have an only child- my daughter A. When we got married and started our family, we didn’t think we were going to have an only child. The early years of motherhood flew by and our attempts to get pregnant were unsuccessful when A was younger. We didn’t try alternative methods to get pregnant and now here we are- 5 years later with an only child.

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My Bullying Story: What I Learned From My Bullies

Have you been bullied as a child? Many people I know have stories about bullying. It’s almost like a rite of passage amongst school aged children. Part of me didn’t even want to write this post but I think this topic is an important one. Plus I’ll be able to share my story with you.

What is a Bully?

A bully is someone who does the following:(Source: Stop Bullying.gov)

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

This could happen to adults too.

My Story

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Why I Left My Teaching Job to Become A Stay-At-Home Mom

Prior to becoming a mom, I used to be a first grade teacher. I taught for 14 years and for the most part- loved it. I wouldn’t say I loved every minute of it. If we’re being honest here and if you’re a teacher, you know what I’m talking about. But I did enjoy it and found great joy and fulfillment in it. I knew that once I became a mom, I would have to make a decision of whether to continue teaching or become a stay-at-home mom.

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So why did I leave my job if I loved it? Why did I decide to become a stay-at-home mom? There were many reasons so I’ll try to explain a few of the top reasons why I left my teaching job to become a stay-at-home mom. View Post

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What You Need to Know About Advanced Maternal Age

This post is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Orange County but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What do you have in common with Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Drew Barrymore, and Halle Berry? If you’re a woman who has had a baby after the age of 35, then you’re in the same company as these celebrities who were all Advanced Maternal Age moms.

I was able to chat with Dr. Johanna Dubyak of Kaiser Permanente Orange County on the topic of Advanced Maternal Age (AMA), what it is, the risk factors associated with it, and some positives about it.

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