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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.

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!


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

What They Say About Parenting: Podcast Episode

They Say Parenting is a guest on The Happy Student Podcast!

As a guest on the Happy Student Podcast, we are talking with the Fireborn Institute about what “they say” and how this effects our parenting!

Check it out here:

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Don’t Let Your Marriage Take a Backseat After Kids

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about enjoying life where I am. It’s so easy to get into the “I can’t wait fors” and the “one days” and it becomes so hard to be present in the now. But I know I need to be present because one day it … read more

My Author Journey: Writing My First Book

Here is my journey in writing my debut parenting book, They Say, Not Your Average Parenting Book

For the full synopsis and to preorder now: Mascot Books-They Say

My Dream

Although I always knew I wanted to help people, I didn’t always … read more

20 Kid-Friendly Dairy and Soy Free Recipes

(Perfect for Dairy / Soy Intolerant Babies and Toddlers)

My youngest two children have had dairy and soy sensitivities. Luckily, my son has grown out of these, but my youngest—at 15 months—is still intolerant. 

Because I have a dairy and soy free baby, meal time has become more difficult. It’s hard to … read more