Teenagers
4 Apr
2016
By Natalie Rea

Teenagers »

If you take the time to get to know some, you’ll see that teenagers are just people. People who haven’t been around long, but people like us in every other way.

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Nature vs. Nurture – Our Kids Are Who They Are
28 Mar
2016
By Natalie Rea

Nature vs. Nurture – Our Kids Are Who They Are »

I never put much stock in the Nature vs. Nurture debate until after I had kids. It was immediately apparent to me that my kids simply were who they were.

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My Reasons Why
21 Mar
2016
By Natalie Rea

My Reasons Why »

I recently started a fitness and healthy-eating regime. It is my goal to get back to fit! These are my reasons why.

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Teaching Kids to Handle Conflict & Bullying
7 Mar
2016
By Natalie Rea

Teaching Kids to Handle Conflict & Bullying »

Although I want to be able to protect my kids from other kids, at the end of the day, I know it’s best just to arm them with as much self-confidence and as many social tools as they need in order to navigate the choppy waters of youth. I was on both sides...

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Mom Allies
29 Feb
2016
By Natalie Rea

Mom Allies »

One thing I’ve discovered over my 19+ years of parenting is that it’s important to have allies. Allies in the form of friends and family who “have your back”. Sometimes an ally comes in the form of your child’s friend’s parent, forming naturally by virtue of the amount of time you spend with the same people. Other...

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Straight A’s
22 Feb
2016
By Natalie Rea

Straight A’s »

I’ve never put a lot of stock into report cards. Don’t get me wrong – I value school and all that it exposes my kids to. I want them to do their best and to feel successful. But I don’t think a report card tells the full story, in the same way that my resumé or annual review wouldn’t sum me up as a working...

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Would You Force Your Kids Into Sports?
8 Feb
2016
By Natalie Rea

Would You Force Your Kids Into Sports? »

I’ve been in the “mom space” for many years now. First, as a mom reaching out for camaraderie and support online just Read more…

Lose Yourself in a Book
1 Feb
2016
By Natalie Rea

Lose Yourself in a Book »

I tried to instill a love of reading in my girls from very early on. Just as my parents had done for me, Read more…

Family Pets – Are You Ready for One?
25 Jan
2016
By Natalie Rea

Family Pets – Are You Ready for One? »

My family includes three beloved dogs and a cat. Although I never saw myself as a “pet person”, years ago my kids talked Read more…

Ideas on Spending Quality Time as a Family
14 Dec
2015
By Natalie Rea

Ideas on Spending Quality Time as a Family »

With all the rush, rush, rush leading up to the holiday season, I tend to feel like the the end of December and beginning Read more…

Whether a Guest or Host, Create the Best of Both
30 Nov
2015
By Eileen Calandro

Whether a Guest or Host, Create the Best of Both »

You either just sit at the table or you set the table. You either open the door or the door opens for you. Read more…