Kristin, Senior Writer

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Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking…. She married an Army guy and 23 years, 3 kids, a few dogs, 7 homes, and 2 continents later she’s now a single mom living here in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; managed volunteer organizations, coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide, biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers a little math before forging new trails writing, teaching and financial planning. She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life (and the Army!), throws at her with a smile and a laugh. She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!!
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Protecting Your Little One From Predators & Pedophiles

“Mom, you know how boys have a penis?” Gulp, oh boy.  “Yes, son.” “Girls don’t have a penis there.” “Yeeeeah...” Where are we going with this?? “So is it okay to touch there?” Phew!  I GOT this one.  “NO.” He...

Teens, Sexting and Pornography Charges

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The Best Advice I Never Took… And Wish I Had

So, take it from me, who should have followed her mother's advice: Always Work. Work doesn't necessarily have to mean working for pay outside the home. But don't let too much time go by without being involved with something.  And when you do, record it and get references.

Don’t Label MY Kid ADHD

I Know About ADHD I graduated from college a teacher.   Life guarding and teaching swim lessons paid my way through school.  I know about ADHD.  People who work around kids for any length of...
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My Weighted Blanket And Me

It's been a few years since I first heard of a weighted blanket. At first, I didn't pay much attention, having only heard of them in association with autism. But then I got one,...

Thirteen is Ugly

We hear about how hard teenagers are, how ugly those years are, but we don’t fully understand until we get there. It doesn’t matter how many times we’re told, or the stories we hear....
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Reminder: Take Care of Yourself!

When we hear "take care of yourself," we think in terms of getting some time to ourselves, enjoying a hobby or an evening out with friends. But for many moms, we get so busy taking...

Love Is What Makes A Family

My dad passed this year.  His passing has brought a lot of reflection.  And it's brought home something I took for granted: family and how it comes to be.  Love.  Love is what makes...

Respect and Volunteering My Time

It's fall and the kids are going back to school.  In theory, this makes more time for the things that I like to do, which usually involves volunteering somewhere.  I say "in theory" because...

2018 Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Farms in Colorado Springs

The kids are back to school, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are starting to turn colors, and if you’re like me, fall is a fun season to enjoy with the family! I’ve scoured...