Gretchen, Senior Writer

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Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.

Book Review: The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans

Middle school years can be complicated years. At least for me as a mom. And I’ve only just begun! Thankfully, a friend recommended a great book that has helped me as I begin to...
Love Languages

Love Languages: The Personality Test for Love

Sometimes, my son baffles me. I think we all feel that way about our kids, sometimes. He works so differently than I do, and sometimes I am not sure how to best relate to...

Gratefulness: My Road to Joy

"There is no joy without gratitude."- Brene’ Brown My journey to motherhood was uphill. My first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and it was ten months before I conceived again. Then, when I was ten...

Proudly Raising a Quitter

Last year, I wrote this article about allowing and encouraging my son to play tackle football. A couple weeks after it posted on the Colorado Springs Moms Blog, my son quit the team. I...

Words with Kids: Yes, Kiddo, I’m Listening

Work to remember what they’ve told you about certain school friends, certain likes and dislikes and their ideas for the future. These important things will come up again. When we recall previous conversations, our kids know we are listening and care about them.

Words With Kids: The Mystery of Learning Language

They way we react to our kiddos babbling is what encourages them to continue communicating. They learn very early on that their sounds mean something to us and are bolstered by our reactions.

What I Learned During My Week As A Stay-At-Home-Mom

During spring break, I took a week off of work to hang out with my ten-year-old son. I have been working outside of the home full time since he was six months old. We...

Words With Kids: A Recipe for Making Mealtimes Matter

As parents, we all want to make a positive impact on our children and do our best to raise them well. The single most valuable thing you can do today as a mom or...
Bad Day

You and a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Consider taking the shortest path to bedtime. The maze of dinner eating, bath taking, tooth brushing, hair combing and story reading can be overwhelming on even the happiest of days. This may be a good evening to let my son skip a bath or not wash his hair. If it won’t make a difference tomorrow, I can skip it, and fast forward to bedtime snuggles.

Reading Aloud: Why Do We Do It?

Out of everything I do during a single day, there’s one thing that is my absolute favorite: reading. I’ve been reading since age five and have read thousands of books by now. I was so excited...