Parenting Issues

Happy Mother’s Day….or is it?

Happy Mother’s Day….or is it? by Camille Nitschky, The Grief Lady I was standing at the post office the other day, innocently browsing the Hallmark cards. I saw the cutest Mother’s Day Card and had to buy it. It had Snoopy on it and my mom loved Peanuts. My mom Helen, died in September 1998, […]

Our Special Needs Journey

This is the story of a Great Lakes Bay family’s journey navigating parenting a child in our community with special needs. To protect the privacy of this family, we have changed their child’s name and some minor details. Our Special Needs Journey Like any mother, when my oldest child, Alison, was a baby I worried […]

Food Allergies: One Out of Thirteen

Rhonda is a mother and business owner. This last fall, she advocated for food allergy awareness in the Great Lakes Bay by hosting the Midland FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) Walk. She and her husband own Collector’s Corner Inc., where they sell friendly-food items for individuals with allergens.   One Out of Thirteen Anaphylaxis, […]

PostPartum Depression – Here Is My Story!

Dani lives in Bay City with her husband, daughter, and crazy collection of pets. She found her dream job working as a Children’s Librarian, where she feels she has a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the community, and is continually inspired by awesome parents. Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression is real! If you […]

Ask the Parents: Activities & Organizations for Child with Communication Disorder

Activities & Organizations for Child with Communication Disorder (Similar to Autism) Great Lakes Bay has many organizations that offer programs for children who have been diagnosed with autism.  However, children that do not receive this diagnosis status but need special assistance, are left in the dark with parents paying out of pocket.  This Ask the Parent […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Sh*t

By: Jen Wainwright Can we be real for a minute? I mean … Real? You see, my grandma used to say that she had no use for, “a person who can’t say ‘shit’ when they have a mouthful.” You know these people? We all know these people. They run around acting like they’ve got sunshine […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Shadow Work

By: Jen Wainwright Many moons ago, I worked in a restaurant with a manager who … noticed. If you were stocking salads, or prepping silverware or doing some little, behind-the-scenes job, he’d yell out across the back of the restaurant, “I see your work! I’m seein’ what your doin’! I see your work!” These days, […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Dads & Underdogs 

By: Jen Wainwright It was like a scene from a movie.  A horror movie happening in real life …  She was so awkward, so painfully awkward. She epitomized all that can and does go wrong with limbs, and social awareness, and braces. In the thick of eighth grade, I’m not sure if she had any […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Together

By: Jen Wainwright I actually have it all together. I have it all figured out. My life is perfect. My relationship, my job, my income – perfect. My children and stepchildren, my family, my partner’s family – all absolutely perfect people and perfect relationships. I write a blog titled JEN’S ZEN because I have it […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Scarred

  By: Jen Wainwright Sitting on our bathroom counter, staring into the mirror, my five-year-old ran her fingers along the scar on her forehead. “Will my scar ever go away, Mama?” “No, baby girl. It will keep fading, but it will not.” She ran her fingers along the pink, tender area, smiled a few times, […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Rich

By: Jen Wainwright Driving to school the other morning, we passed a new shop opening in Old Town Saginaw. The owner is a youngin’ of about 22, good friends with my little brother, venturing into business in a unique, and somewhat lost trade – he is a cobbler (by definition: one who mends or makes […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ My Neck, My Back

By: Jen Wainwright How the hell did I get here? Every parent already knows the answer. How did I get here, barely able to walk, limping from my bed to the medicine cabinet – hoping and praying that I had remembered to buy pain reliever on one of those trips to the store even though […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ 2015. Feel It.

By: Jen Wainwright Our New Year is here! How’s 2015 going for you so far, Parent? Resolutions? Goals? Are you thinking about what you want out of your year? More importantly, though, have you asked yourself this invaluable question: What do you want your year to feel like? It’s this most important answer that we […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Unwrap and ENJOY

By: Jen Wainwright What can I possibly gift you, my friends and fellow parents? Aside from a hearty and heartfelt THANK YOU for reading, sharing, commenting and just being present and part of my accidental blog that, in many ways, has catapulted me out of my comfort zone of journalism…and become a wonderful experience for […]

JEN’S ZEN ~ Your Best Gift

By: Jen Wainwright   My kids and I were snuggled on the couch, talking about our upcoming holiday plans. It’s all so exciting to me, really! We’ll make cookies with close family friends, a tradition my best friend and I began the year our oldest daughters were born. And we’ll get into our van and […]