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10 Healthy Ways to Relax and Unwind

No matter what you do or who you are stress is a part of life. Self-care is important to help you recharge after long stressful days working, taking care of kids, or both. Why is it important to relax? Relaxation helps encourage a healthy mind and body. With the buildup of stress tension can cause […]

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10 Essential Items to Buy Before Bringing Baby Home

Bringing a baby home, especially for the first time, can be daunting. As you prepare there can be long lists you find of what you need to be prepared. As I brought home my two children from the hospital I learned about several things that were life-savers as well as many products that were just […]

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Vaccines Did Not Cause My Daughter’s Autism

I would be lying if I said, before becoming a mother, I never feared having a child with Autism or any other developmental delay. I knew no matter what I would love my child, but I did not know how I could handle raising a child with special needs. As my child was born, I […]

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7 Key Lessons to Teach Kids About Body Safety and Consent

Starting with the viral hashtag #metoo in 2017, everyone was talking about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment. Like so many others, I have my own #metoo story. That however is not why I’m writing right now, what I want to try to do in order to help change this prevalence of sexual assault […]

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Our Autism Diagnosis Story

Three weeks ago, my three and a half year old daughter, Gwenie, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a bright, intelligent yet non-verbal, active and happy little girl. When did we start suspecting? When Gwenie was just shy of two years old she hadn’t really started talking. She would say a couple random […]

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re anything like me you’re still in need for the perfect gift. As a mom of two very little ones the biggest challenge is finding the best gift for my husband. I hope to find something that truly conveys my appreciation but also love and joy from the […]

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13 Monumental Ways to Help Your Childs Mental Health

It is not easy for children to understand their own emotions and feelings, due to this it can be hard to understand their behaviors, fears, and anxieties. In order to help them, as parents, we need to understand what is necessary to support their mental health. Helping to strengthen your child’s good mental health can […]

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How to Comfort Your Friend with Anxiety

Hey everyone! I’m Jessa, author of Happily Ever Hillmann. If you don’t know me, you wouldn’t know that I have sometimes debilitating anxiety that cripples me from leaving my house (or leaving wherever I’m at when a panic sets in). If you don’t know me, I seem relatively calm, friendly, and at ease in social […]

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Living with It: Mental Illness and Ending the Stigma

When you hear the term “mental illness” there’s immediately a negative stigma that comes unfairly attached. Mental illness simply is that, an illness in your brain. Just like arthritis, or kidney disease it needs to be treated. In this day and age it’s still taboo to be open and honest about having a mental illness. Those of us […]

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8 Valuable Lessons to Teach Kids about Gender Equality

As a very proud feminist, parenthood has been an interesting time over the last three and a half years. My husband will tell you I think way too much way too early about my kids and what I want to teach them. For instance, you might not truly consider teaching gender equality to your kids […]

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