I’ve noticed a particular type of anxiety that affects many Texan children. Maybe you've noticed it, too. It’s anxiety around tornadoes, lightning, and storms—with a really overwhelming feeling of powerlessness. As parents and caregivers, we can help.  A group of...
Their wings are beginning to spread, and they are ready to take the next step to independence by getting their first job. Not only is it a great way for them to see the essential connection between labor and...
I am fascinated by communication systems and how children acquire language. It comes from hearing sounds and words repetitively from their parents. As I watch my children grow and learn, I'm always tickled when my son uses a new...
It’s 4:30 pm and you’re in the grocery store checkout line trying to get home with supplies for making dinner. Your child has a complete meltdown and tantrum in the checkout line, so you: A) Feel angry and respond immediately,...
This January marks ten years since I sat at my mom’s bedside in the hospital after she had a stroke and ultimately passed away. Grief has woven its way through the last decade in ways I wouldn’t expect. As...
We live in a culture of “now”.  In the current climate of our world, it's becoming harder for children to learn the imperative skill of delayed gratification. Since the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment of 1972, studies have shown that delayed gratification...
Anxiety makes us bad decision-makers. Pandemic-related anxiety caused me to make a doozy of a bad decision last March. I converted my home office into a bedroom, and converted the family den into a home office. It seemed like a good decision...
A recent conversation with my children has me reflecting on how I am using my time. On the eve of what would have been my daughter's 7th birthday, I was talking to my 3 young children. We always talk...

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Looming, it towers; casting a chilly shadow. A monster wave of desire unmet. Instead of reaching for the buoyant boat of self-control, a tiny human will tugs the monster down, relishing in the momentary release of its torrent. Quickly,...
I've had the same tight-knit group of girlfriends for close 10 years now, and on occasion, we like to get together over drinks and good conversation that almost always turns into talks of our children and what is going...
Here at Dallas Moms, we strive to provide relevant, timely and fun information as well as cultivate a positive parenting community. We are pleased to support the City Moms Collective change to our overarching values with the addition of...
I walked by at precisely the right moment. A young mother was crouched down next to her very young daughter on the sidewalk. It quickly registered they were discussing misbehavior. “Now stand up and let’s try again.” Those were the...

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Pumpkins, Hayrides, and Carnivals :: A Guide to Fall Fun in...

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It’s getting to be that time again! We're beyond ready for autumn air, falling leaves, and coziness. And Dallas has so many events and...

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