Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

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7 Things I Know for Sure

I am by no means a perfect parent. I’m astonished that I actually get to write for parenting publications. I have three kids (ages 21, 17, and 21 months) and I swear the baby gives me side-eye that says, “please, get it right this time.” I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’m sure I’ll… Read more »

Help a Mother Out

People rush to help when babies are born. Well-meaning people brought me things like casseroles and offers to babysit and all the receiving blankets I could handle. “Mom needs her rest!” they said, eager to hold my new baby. But if we’re being honest here, a baby who slept 18-hours a day wasn’t what kept me… Read more »

Putting Profanity In Its Place

I curse. I drop “F-bombs” frequently.  I know. You’re shocked. Right? The truth, as we all know it, is that profanity is part of the grown up world. It’s in our movies, music, video games, and television. Our children will hear it and, yes, they will use it. Whether you forbid it or not, they… Read more »

Heat Stroke: Keeping Babies Safe in Cars

Spring is here and so is the heat.   According to Safe Kids Coalition Worldwide, “A child’s body heats up three-to-five times faster than an adult’s body.” Safe Kids Coalition also reports that more than half of the cases of heat stroke deaths occur when a child was left in the car.     We’ve… Read more »

Healthier at Home

When someone gets sick at home, take measures to keep the illness away from the rest of you! Take precautions to keep a happy, healthier family.

The House is Half Clean

  If the glass is half full then my house is half clean. I’m an optimist who chases a toddler around all day. I follow him into the kitchen and while he pulls the potatoes out of the pantry I wash a dish. I don’t wash every dish because I then follow him into the… Read more »

Lead Poisoning: It’s Still a Thing

The doctor called. My son’s lead levels have climbed even higher. It all started at Ezra’s 1-year checkup. The finger prick test for lead that all kids get came back high. Three months later — after our water was tested and found clean, and after we’ve pitched the painted toys made outside of the country… Read more »

Time for School, Mom!

Shawna McCowan always wanted to work with Veterans but she wasn’t sure how. McCowen admitted that after high school, “It took me a while to get it together, and I wanted to help. I wanted to be part of the solution.”  She went back to school when her first son was 5, working full time…. Read more »

Teens: Let Them Text

I’ve seen the inside of a lot of therapy rooms and never, not once, has an important disclosure included confident eye contact. I’ve shredded soggy tissues with eyes cast down. I have chewed a cuticle.  My eyes darted here and there in search of answers. But never have I wanted to look my therapist in… Read more »

Give the Gift of Empathy: Donate a Book

My daughter’s favorite book in the third grade was the story of Ruby Bridges, the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis of 1960.   She had plucked the book from the shelves in her school library and latched on to the… Read more »

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