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valli gideons

I am a military bride who writes about raising kids with cochlear implants, military life, and other things from the heart. You can find me musing around the internet at My Battle Call.

The Only Words Kids Need To Hear When Playing Sports Are “I Love Watching...

Parents. Stop the madness. The lectures. The play-by-plays. The analysis. The should’ve, could’ve... Look around and you will see on every court, field, ballpark... All the...

To All the People I Just Came Across Looking At Their Phones

Dear every person whose path I just came across, I am not calling you out or judging you. I swear I’m not. I’ve been there....

I Am The Homemaker – Because I Make The Home

My husband and I had a day date. Not the sexy kind of afternoon rendezvous where your order a glass of chardonnay and feel swanky...

How We Can Teach Our Kids To Open Their Circles

It was a new neighborhood, new school, and I had the new kids. We nervously arrived on the first day of school, immediately passing...

What I Want My Son to Know As He Heads to Middle School

To My Middle School Son, As you navigate MIDDLE SCHOOL, there are a few things I'd like you to know: Not everyone will get you. Be...

I Don’t Have a Girly-Girl. And that is OK.

"What grade is your son in?" a mom at the gym asked. "My daughter is in 4th," I casually replied. <insert uncomfortable apology from stranger>...

Everyone Needs A Ride Or Die Friend

I think everyone needs a person. I have been blessed for over three-fourths of my life to have two. I was lucky to meet them...