Author Archive | Colleen


Tips for Your First Child Going to School

When Zoe was 5, I signed her up for Kindergarten in the Buford City School district. I was a ball of nerves. She was my first child to go to school. I wasn’t sure about letting her go. I’m pretty sure I was a hot mess. I probably cried more than her.  First of all, […]

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Accepting My Son's Autism Diagnosis

Accepting My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

A year ago, in August, my youngest son Jaxon was diagnosed with nonverbal autism. For my husband and me, this was not news. It was confirmation of what we already knew. Although we knew this, the reality of the autism diagnosis was still hard and overwhelming.  I remember crying when I would discuss his diagnosis. […]

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Moms Please Stop Body Shaming Ourselves

Moms, Let’s Stop Body Shaming Ourselves

I was at a local splash pad here in Gwinnett County. There were a group of moms to the side. A kid came up to their mom and wanted her to play in the water fountain with them. She said no because she was too fat to be in a bathing suit. The kid walked […]

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A Thank You to My Husband for Father’s Day

A Thank You to My Husband for Father’s Day

A little background first. My husband and I have been married 13 years. We have two children 7 and 3. Our 3-year-old son has autism and is nonverbal. Marriage hasn’t been easy for us and neither has been being parents. We both come from broken homes. So we’ve had to be our own examples of […]

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Avoiding the Mother's Day Card Aisle

Avoiding The Mother’s Day Card Aisle

My parents separated when I was 6 or 7. After that, my dad moved my siblings and me from Baltimore, MD to Atlanta. My mother remained in Baltimore. So my father was a single dad. When he couldn’t take care of us alone; his parents took us in. I moved to south Georgia to be […]

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School Shooting

How to Talk to Children about School Shootings

When I was young, school was my safe place. It was filled with learning and fun. I never worried about  someone with a gun, whether it was a student, parent or former employee, inflicting harm or killing anyone. My main concern was getting good grades and going to college not whether I lived or not. […]

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My Diverse World ::| Atlanta Area Moms Blog ::|

My Diverse World

I live in Gwinnett County, one of the fastest growing counties in terms of diversity. I love that I can eat at local restaurants and eat food from around the world. Especially street tacos with homemade corn tortillas. I have neighbors that are of different nationalities. They are Mexican, African, Asian, Black, White, Central and […]

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