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Five Ways to Give

Mountain Home has been working hard to change lives, two generations at a time for twenty years! But, especially during the holiday season, we need your help. This October we celebrated our twentieth anniversary by building our community by sharing our story through Facebook posts, hearing from some of our longtime friends, and making new […]

The light at the end of the tunnel (of stress).

The doctor frowns. You’re not sure if he’s judgy or just too-busy. He recommends changing formula. You have questions, but your chapped lips feel glued shut. You bundle your baby into her car seat, rush outside the health clinic, hop onto the bus then off again at the nearest grocery store, and grab a can […]

My son said, ‘I can’t breathe.’

Essay by Jacalyn Wetzel, creator of “Stop Yelling, Please!” Hey friend, Do you remember me? It’s been a while, I know. I sat behind you in civics in junior high. Do you remember me? You were my base on the cheer squad, and once you caught my head just before it hit the ground after […]

When the gratitude journal ain’t happenin’.

Parents who are healthy and have healthy kids know that we should be grateful, but it’s hard to muster up a whole lot of real gratitude these days. Many of us are just too exhausted. Burnt out. Some of us have that wild-eyed look that you typically only see on a sleep-walking three-year-old in a fever dream. Our […]

When we’re in charge, but not in control

Pandemic or not, we do whatever it takes. We go to work (those of us whose jobs must go on). We figure out unemployment insurance (those of us whose jobs have paused). We sing “Wheels on the Bus” (again), clean sweet potatoes from the computer screen (again), and dissect Thinking Putty from the puppy’s eyelashes […]

Best places to cry.

Chopping Onions Again? Parents cry. A lot. It’s not that we’re overly dramatic, it’s just that little people come with lots of…drama. All-nighters. Emergency rooms. Biting. Unexpected expenses. Alarming rashes. Weird smells emanating from unidentifiable sources. Then, after a long day of ordinary dramas, we settle onto the couch with our snuggle-bug for a bedtime […]

Should we abandon our New Year’s Resolutions yet?

THIS YEAR WE WILL…. Eat fewer chocolate-covered espresso beans and more actual beans. Stick with a sleep strategy for our exasperatingly adorable night owls. Reconnect with an estranged family member. Set compassionate boundaries with someone who needs it. But January’s almost over and wellll…maybe next year?? Most of us go into the year with great […]

Parenting decision-fatigue. It’s a thing.

Cheerios or lunchbox scraps for breakfast? Should I first look for the hairbrush under the bed or behind the trashcan? Do I have time for a real shower or just a quick scrub under the armpits? Parents make hundreds of decisions every day, often before we even leave the house. And that’s not even counting […]

Dear inner critic: you are only partly right

We all have critics. Especially as parents, it can feel that everyone suddenly has a strong opinion about what we’re doing wrong. Our third cousin from Kansas. Our former co-worker at the drive-thru coffee stand. That dude in the check-out aisle at Target. But for many of us, the most vicious critic is the one […]