Anchor Mom:Unhealthy Eating Consequences

This video from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is floating around online. It puts the pressure on parents – you see an overweight man in the ER suffering a heart attack. One of the hospital workers says, “How does this happen?” and then you see it. A life rewind shows us his bad habits going all … Continue reading »

AnchorMom: #BareYourBelly

Are you familiar with the recent headlines about a mom in Canada who decided to wear a bikini to a beach – and then was ridiculed by some young men for her stretchmarks and less-than-toned tummy? I think almost any mom can imagine what she is experiencing.  I remember being pregnant with Olivia, and a … Continue reading »

Medford Event Gathers Women Worldwide

Medford, Ore. — Rogue Valley mothers are coming together as part of an international event to raise awareness for breastfeeding. The Big Latch On 2014 is calling for nursing mothers worldwide to nurse their children at the same time.  All of the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at a set time. … Continue reading »

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 »

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