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Melissa Fleming

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Melissa Fleming lives in Prairieville, Louisiana with her husband, Blake, and their three beautiful daughters: Evelyn (4), Clara (2), and Chloe (1). She graduated from LA Tech with a B.A. in journalism and then earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in counselor education from UNO. She is the owner of MWF Counseling, LLC. In between seeing clients, chasing toddlers, and holding babies, she enjoys watching Real Housewives and drinking as much caffeinated tea as possible.

How to Host Happy House Birthday Parties for Littles

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Birthdays are a big deal for our kids. If we successfully host a fun party for our kids, they obsessively talk about it for a year. Childhood memories, check. Here is how we do...

To the “Best Moms” :: Thanks for Being Everything

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Moms come in many shapes, sizes, and creeds. But a “best mom” can be spotted from a mile away. I have had blessings, hardships, and everything in between in my life. (Haven’t we all?) I...

Perfect Bacon for Exhausted Moms Who Hate to Cook

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It is comical that I, a mom free of any culinary ability, would offer up a recipe blog. You should probably not ask me for advice on how to make dinner for your children....

You Are What Your Childcare Is

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Childcare is a critical, thankless piece of infrastructure in any parent’s life. Childcare is a spectrum. Daycare, Grandparent help, a real deal nanny, generous neighbors, family friends, Daddy daycare, in-home daycare, drop-in daycare, pseudo-co-parent,...

Non-Expert Advice for Taking Toddlers to Disney World

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It’s 2022 and people are ready to get back to making childhood milestones happen, like the family trip to Disney World. We JUST got back (like much of Louisiana), and I thought I would...

You Have Siblings, and You’re Welcome

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Siblings. Overwhelming love, endless chores, an immediate and complete shift in lifestyle. Siblings don’t just happen. Brothers and sisters are earned joy. Before you have children, it is easy to romanticize pregnancy and dream up...

How to Be an Emotionally Intelligent Mom

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Emotional intelligence is a buzzword these days for a reason. “Emotional intelligence” is a term coined by Peter Salovey and John Mayer (uber fancy academic psychologists) to attempt to describe what researchers have been trying...

Solo Parent: Week On/ Week Off

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It may take two to make a baby, but not every family has two parents on hand to raise the babies. I am an offshore wife, married to a man who works and lives on...

Sorry, I Can’t … I’m in Baby Jail

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I’m in baby jail- four years and counting. What is baby jail? It’s this precious, exhausting, all-consuming, finite period of time when it is all about the babies. It has to be: they need to...
parenting while grieving the loss of a loved one

Parenting While Grieving

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Loss is inevitable, but it’s crushing when it happens to you. Loss hurts, it will trigger many complicated emotions. You may feel sad, infuriated, devastated, confused, frustrated, alone, regretful … all normal feelings to...

Carrying on the Holiday Tradition of Christmas Villaging

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Every year during the holiday season, families enjoy their own traditions. When you become a parent, you can’t help but think back to your childhood holiday memories. If you’re me, you assess which activities...

Cheers to the Christmas Season!

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December 25 gets some serious fanfare, but as a mom, I prefer the overall Christmas season much more than the actual holiday. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day come with a lot of expectations, obligations, and...