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FamilyWelcome to my blog. I am a licensed school counselor turned stay-at-home mom and writer. I have three wonderful children. I love the water, baking, getting creative, and traveling, especially to new places. I have a bachelor’s degree in science (Psychology major and Sociology minor), and a master’s degree in counselor education (M.Ed.). I wouldn’t call myself a parenting expert exactly, but I believe all parents are experts at raising their own children. After all, no one knows your kids better than you! My blog is about what “they say”—what we hear and read—versus what “we say”: using our own intuition. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Top Educational Toys for Babies and Toddlers: Play to Learn

Looking for a fun AND educational gift for a baby or toddler? Look no further! We have found the perfect Block Set and monthly Play Kits from read more


10 Things I’ve Learned From My Parenting “Mistakes”

This is a guest post by Ivana Davies from Find Your Mom Tribe

If there is one thing that parenting points out to you, it’s your own inadequacies and shortcomings. I started on this road of parenthood, overjoyed … read more


Are Parents Setting Themselves up to Fail?

I’ll be honest, I have really struggled these last few weeks. Our family has been sick off and on. The kids continue to pass illness back and forth, and it is draining to say the least. We all know how hard it is to get a true sick day as … read more


Author Interview: Lauren Jumrukovski on Blaif Magazine

I am super excited to be featured on Blaif Magazine this week, talking about my personal experiences as a parent and my new book, read more


Bullying Hurts: How to Prevent It and How to Stop It

As a mom, when something hurts my child’s feelings, it tears my heart apart… no matter how small. Being licensed as a Pre-K through 12 school counselor, it used to break my heart when I learned of bullying in my office. We know bullying can cause many devastating effects, so … read more


Top Products for Moms!

Over the past 6 years, between three kiddos, we have tried out lots of products! I have narrowed it down to our absolute favorites and shared them all on our new Amazon storefront!Check out our storefront here: They Say Parenting’s Favorite Things

As an Amazon Associate and … read more


Looking Back: When My Heart Went Off to Kindergarten

My first baby went off to Kindergarten around this time last year. Now, she is soon to start first grade. I wrote the below post when I was right in the middle of all of the feelings of my first child going off to school. Last year, I was full … read more


Parenting with Grace

If you ever feel like you are failing as a parent, do one thing… 

Give yourself some grace!

Why?

Because it’s okay not to be perfect! In fact, it’s best not to be! 

If we were perfect as parents, perfect in every way [impossible], how would this make our children feel? What would it … read more


We Are Blessed, but Our Kids Are Blessed Too!

We all know that we are blessed to have our children. I see or hear a parent sharing daily about how blessed they feel to have their kids. I feel the same way! My kids are my biggest blessing. Not a day goes by where I don’t feel blessed to … read more


The Ultimate List of Summer Activities for Kids

With all three kids home for the summer, we’ve got to have some things to do! With a 1, 4, and 6 year old, for some reason, boredom never seems to end well! Of course there is always heading out and about, to the local library, pool, or playground! But, … read more