AnchorMom: Body Image and Kids

***Warning:  This is one of the most soul-baring things I have ever written.*** Like many women (and men), I have spent decades fighting a negative body image.  I think I was in 7th grade the first time I looked down on the school bus and noticed that my thighs looked wider while plastered against the … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: What’s in a Name?

I’ll never forget what was likely one of my first fights with my parents. I was only 3 or 4 years old. My memory has me at the top of the staircase, yelling to my mom, “You got to name me, you got to name Brittany (my sister), now it is my turn.” And I was … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: “Fun Mom”

I am anything but a fun mom. I can be a mom with scheduled fun – you know, the Children’s festival this weekend, planned cookie making, a Pinterest-inspired craft. The spontaneous fun is harder for me to get it on. The day seems to be filled with errands, nap time and appointments. That is, until … Continue reading »

AnchorMom: Fighting Eczema

My family is very lucky – we have few health issues.  But one we struggle with pretty regularly is atopic dermatitis. My son had “the worst case” our pediatrician had ever seen when he was about 1 month old.  Since then, thanks to a steady diet of allergy medicine and pain reliever, and enough steroid … Continue reading »

AnchorMom: PreK to College in Warp Speed

Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was budgeting for diapers? Apparently that’s when I should have started budgeting for my child’s college, too.  Better late than never, right? My family has taken the step of opening an Oregon College Savings account for our kids, and we are putting away some money each month.  But looking … Continue reading »

Graco Recalls More Buckles

Graco Children’s Products, Inc. says it is recalling some of its infant, toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says  the following models are affected: APRICA A30, SNUGRIDE, SNUGRIDE 30, SNUGRIDE 35, SNUGRIDE CLASSIC CONNECT, SNUGRIDE CLICK CONNECT 40. It says Graco is recalling certain rear-facing child restraints manufactured … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Brushing Teeth

Right when my son’s first tooth popped in, I started brushing it. It wasn’t too bad, a tooth in the front – it was easy brushing. But sometime after the age of one, with a mouth full of teeth, things took a turn for the worse.  Every time I attempted to brush his teeth, he … Continue reading »

FDA Warns Against Teething Gel

If you’ve ever been a parent of a newborn, you know teething can be uncomfortable for everyone involved.  Now, the Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about some of the options to soothe the teething pain. In many cases, parents and caregivers rub medication on their infants’ gums.  Now, the FDA is warning those products … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Preventing Tragedy

Just recently a Georgia father left his child in a hot car, resulting in the child’s death.  Originally he said it was an accident.  As early as just today, officials have said there are holes in his story. BUT – and there is a but, I wanted to focus less on this Georgia father and his … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: “Scary Guy” Nightmares

For the first time for as long as I can remember my son took a nap! He got a nap time, I caught up on all my TV shows and my big stack of laundry! It was amazing. That is, until he woke up. He started screaming, “I WANT TO BE AWAKE!” He ran into … Continue reading »

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