Editorial Author Jess Doane

You Can Be Scared and Still Be Brave

When Michaela reached out to me to be apart of this organization I had no idea what I was in for. On my personal Facebook

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Knowledge is Power: Living With BRCA

October is an emotional month for me, for the past several years it has been marked by pink ribbons, benefits, and thoughts of the multiple

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Never Give Up

I have written numerous articles on how my husband and I met. Our love story has not been one from the magazines. We weren’t high

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May Mom Exhaustion Is Among Us

You’ve seen them, all the posts and humor about being in the homestretch of school almost letting out. I wonder if they call it homestretch

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The Big 30. Living It, Learing it, Loving it

So this is it. The big one. The big day. The big kahuna. I’m kidding. I’m just 30. I turned 30. Age is just a

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Sometimes Kids Are The Teachers – Raising A Sensitive Boy

I wish I could tell you what it’s like watching you grow, what it’s like being your mom – raising you. Putting it all in to

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The Scary Side of Heritage

We as a family had just lost my aunt to cancer. She realistically was my cousin, but if you grew up in an Italian family

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Children In Competitive Sports – Be A Parent First

Our weekends are full of sports. If we aren’t attending our own children’s sports we are most likely fighting the weather in one way shape

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Team MIMY Breast Cancer Chicken Dinner, Raffle, & Bake Sale Set for Today

Today October 6 the annual bake sale raffle is set to take place at Sherwin Willams on 165 Ray Avenue Ne New Philadelphia Ohio 44663.

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Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter, We sent you off to your first day of preschool today and watched your pony tail swing. I reminisced when you were growing in

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My Life With You

I was standing behind the teller station at the bank in a denim quarter length skirt, a blue button up shirt with a vest over top. My hair

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Can You Grow Here

A friend of mine left me with this after we had our monthly phone call. She said, “but can you grow, if you decide this is

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A Mother’s Letter to Her Son

He said “I don’t want that sauce on my noodles, I just want salt and pepper and butter.” I encourage him to try the sauce

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Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger

I’m passionate about motherhood. I am so thankful for the small group of authentic friends I have formulated over the years because being a parent

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The Tale of Four Keurigs

We all have our routines. The things we do that keeps us going in the mornings. You don’t realize it until that routine becomes somewhat

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Children of Divorce & Step-Parenting: A Statistical Letter to Blended Families

The late Judith S. Wallerstein changed the way we perceived how divorce affected children when she began a study in 1971 of 131 children from 60

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29 Things I’ve Learned At Age 29 

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Be Human. 

We sat down as a family tonight. We ate dinner. I watched in what seemed like slow motion.

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This Isn’t Your Disney. It’s Ours. 

As I was standing in the shower this evening, winning numerous imaginary arguments, a thought passed through my mind.

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2018 The Year of Self Awareness

Almost every year on New Year’s Eve when I was young, my cousins and I would spend the evening making homemade pizza or cookies with my

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Silver Lining 

I am a huge advocate of silver linings, situations that arise are never by chance. Whether you believe in Jesus, the universe, karma or good

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Parental Involvement Day

They pretty much have a day made for everything, today is Parental Involvement Day. I’m not sure who “they” are or who makes up these

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For Better and For Worse – I Meant It. 

I feel it! Down deep in the center of my chest, then the arches of my feet start to thump and I fight the acid

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The Walk of Shame

You know when you sit down, indulge in some sugary treat and turn on Netflix, throwing yourself out of mom reality into some Brazilian heartthrob

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This Is Not The America I Grew Up In 

Our six-year-old says “I did a red door drill today. I know what to do if a bad person comes in my school.”

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Kid Conversations: Smile Challenge 

With everything that’s going on in the world today, let’s take a moment to enjoy the humor and innocence of these hilarious kids. 

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The Day I Try to Forget: A Mothers Confession to Perfect Moms. WE ALL FAIL SOMETIMES. 

I ran back up and screamed… I CAN’T FIND HER. I CAN’T FIND HER.  

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Local Woman Danielle Dickey is the Face of Courage & Strength 

It comes in waves.  Sometimes it’s when I am brushing my daughter’s hair, when my son says something funny, or when we are all together

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Daddy’s Girl 

I recently read an article called My Husband Didn’t Know He Needed a Daughter. It struck a cord with me, the difference between her husband

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Step Parenting = Boundaries

Now that this world is full of step, half, kin, foster, adoptive and whatever other labels are being stuck in families these days. I’ll throw in

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Summertime Priorities

It’s summertime. My house is a wreck and it drives me crazy sometimes…

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A Brave Year of Firsts 

I worried. Gosh, did I worry. For months I was overwhelmed with the decision of where to send my son to Kindergarten…

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The Demon Chute

The struggle is real. I get so annoyed with that phrase but today I’m using it. I’m sweating, my hair looks like I got caught

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Mother’s Day is OUR Day

The single most important day of the rest of your life. The day you bring someone into this world that you vow to protect, guide,

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Little Feats, Big Victories

“I go into the dining room to wipe down the table and I hear screaming…”

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