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Author Archive | Kristin Flanary


Resources for Raising Strong Girls (and Boys)

I was raised with a healthy dose of, “Girls can do anything boys can do,” but it wasn’t until I had daughters of my own that I really started paying attention to all the indirect messages that society sends to girls and women. From, “Sugar and spice and everything nice,” to pink aisles full of […]

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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better | A “He Said/She Said” Guide to Parenting

New parents these days are bombarded with information about raising children. From bottles to breasts, cribs to co-sleeping, and organic homegrown to processed store-bought, the choices and guidelines are endless. My husband and I have two small children and have been parents for 3.5 entire years; obviously, we are now experts. We have also come […]

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It Takes a Village: Creating Family Bonds from a Distance

It’s summer in Iowa City, which means it’s time for the annual population turnover. You can see the shift especially well downtown. Every year at the beginning of summer, students head home, and the streets fill with families enjoying the reprieve from the crowds. In July, the University hospital begins its new year, bringing with […]

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If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It…For All of Womankind

These days, pregnancy is generally accepted as a beautiful thing, but that wasn’t always the case. Not too many generations ago, pregnancy was largely kept under wraps. As our grandmothers carried our parents, their changing bodies were kept hidden behind tent-like dresses that shapelessly draped over their bodies. They weren’t very figure-flattering, and that was […]

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