Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday is treating you well. Here is another post for my #MCM segment. Honestly, I have really been enjoying the process of putting these posts together. Sharing information and all the things, I think, is so beneficial in parenthood. Obviously, I am not saying that there is one right way to parent and there may be information that you find here that you disagree with and that is completely fine! I just think that knowledge is power; the more you know, the better you will be and the more your decisions will be informed. It offers me a little comfort in my journey as a mom to do a little research before making decisions for my kids. All this to say, I hope you find inspiration and/or comfort in some of this information.

It takes a village.

With back to school right around the corner, vaccinations have been on my mind lately. As a homeschool parent, vaccines were not a top priority for me. Now that my kids are moving into a charter school situation, I had to take a hard look at what my kids had and had not been exposed to. To be honest, some of the information I found scared the hell out of me. Ultimately, my husband and I got our kids vaccinated and prayed for the best outcome. Here is an article that gives a non-biased (in my opinion), intro to the pros and cons of vaccination and as well as a little history on the subject.

I read this article written by a father about the process of letting his daughter choose what private school to go to; the process of getting in, figuring out what she wanted and what made sense for their family and the balancing act of decision making as a family. I loved it.

I always joke (kinda) that vacationing with kids is just taking care of kids in a different space. This article is a nice read and offers ways to enjoy your vacation more with your kiddos.

This reading list is supposed to help you “not raise a jerk” and I love it. We actually have a couple of the books on the list so I gave myself a congratulatory pat on the pack. Go, me. 🙂 Topics range from cultural difference to body positivity. Find your next read-aloud book on the list!

This bad boy talks about how to stay mindful when your preschooler isn’t and I found that most (if not all) of the points made in this article relate to age ranges outside of toddler-hood. Milly is a firecracker and I will be working on being more mindful with her for sure. It’s a journey, isn’t it?

Share these articles to your mama and papa friends!

Until next time,

Ashly

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