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You Matter

Hello! It’s been a year since the last 18 in mind blog post. After experiencing several burnouts, it was time to stop, reflect, and take care of ‘Maya’. While I learned a lot over the past twelve months, there’s   

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Defining Bravery

For my 30th birthday this year, I decided months in advance that, although I didn’t normally celebrate the occasion, I wanted to give back by donating my hair. By chance, a conversation with a daycare director about my   

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On Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding. Breast is best. Liquid gold. Formula. There’s a lot of talk about the benefits of breastfeeding and effects of formula, with mothers on both sides voicing strong opinions and sharing poignant stories about how they’ve fallen victim   

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Grandparents

There’s something very special about grandparents and their role in their grandkids’ lives. Feeling less pressure about raising the kids “right”, enforcing discipline, early morning baby feedings and diaper changes, and going through often challenging teenage years, grandparents   

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Keep Dating

One of the most important things parents have to de-prioritize is their own time together as a couple. There is often very little time left in a day for couples to spend together – granted if they can   

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Father-Child Bonding

Summer’s longer days and time off from work and school make it a great season to boost father-child bonding. Fathers I meet sometimes talk about feeling less confident about their influence on their children’s lives, yet it’s important   

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Behind the Lens

Remember when you were young, playing happily, minding your own business (and sometimes getting into trouble for it), and every now and then, an adult would say, “smile for the camera and say CHEESE”! Back then, interruptions were   

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Top 5 Tips to Selecting a Nursery – Part II

Selecting a good quality nursery requires that you look beyond a center’s reputation in society, beyond what’s considered fashionable simply because “everyone else is signing up their kids there”. It’s a matter of looking at your needs, teacher-child   

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Top 5 Tips to Selecting a Nursery – Part I

One of the most frequent questions parents ask me is how to select a good nursery for their little ones. Trusting and placing your children in the care of individuals who are complete strangers to you (at first),   

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I Spy With My Little Eye

There’s no arguing when we say parents are their child’s best role models. Children not only carry on traits through genetics, but also learn mannerisms, reactions to situations (ahhh, spider!), and ways to express emotions while looking up