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Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

Parents: Before You Get Too Lost, Remember These Things

I think too many parents focus too much on education. Yes, I think education is extremely important. But every child first needs some basic things in order to thrive educationally.

I am not a cookie cutter person.

My kids are not cookie cutter kids. READ MORE

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    Facing The Tough Questions

    In my fifteen years of being a mom, I’ve had my share of tough questions.

    The ones that induce the reddest blushes have to do with sex.

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