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What You Need to Know for Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for individual, family, and small business health insurance coverage begins November 1 for plans starting January 1, 2022. There are some changes this year because of a change to a state-based exchange....

An Insider’s Guide to Tuition Assistance

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This post is the third of a four-part series for ABQ Mom. In our previous posts, we explored what makes an independent school different from other schools and the independent school application process. In...
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Losing My Mother to Cancer

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Sixth grade. A time of new schools, new crushes, life-changing, and cancer? Not your typical beginnings to the teenage years, but they were mine. I was in the 6th grade when my mom was first...

How Owning a Home Can Provide Stability

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Owning a home has many well-known benefits for a growing family. Purchasing a home is the principal way most American families build wealth. A 2019 report by the Federal Treasury showed that homeowners have...

Demystifying the Independent School Admission Process

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This post is the second of a four-part series for ABQ Mom. In our previous post, we shed light on what defines an independent school and how to choose the best fit for your...
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Anatomy of a Learning Disability :: Signs, Symptoms, and Next Steps

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As our children get older, the challenges of parenting shift from lack of sleep and potty training to friend feuds and struggles in school. There are thousands of online resources filled with tips and...
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Inviting Racial Justice Into Our Homes

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2020 has been another pivotal year in bringing attention to racial injustices across the United States. For a few months, social media sites were flooded with posts about systemic racism, privilege, and images of...

What Is an Independent School & Is It the Right Fit for Your Family?

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This post is the first of a four-part series for ABQ Mom. In the upcoming posts, parents with experience in independent schools will cover a variety of topics such as the application calendar, tuition...

1 Easy Way to Support Your Child’s Learning this School Year

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As a mom, it breaks my heart to say this, but as an educator, I have to tell you what we are seeing. Over the past 18 months, our kids have largely taken a...
Your Big Kid Still Needs a Booster Seat (Yes, Really!)

Your Big Kid Still Needs a Booster Seat (Yes, Really!)

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Your big kid needs a booster. Yes, really. You've been diligent about buckling your child in, first in their baby "bucket," then their convertible seat, and finally their booster. Now your little one is not...
5 pieces of bad advice

5 Bad Pieces of Bad Advice

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There are some pieces of advice that are undeniably good. Brush your teeth. Don’t start forest fires. Never surprise a moose. Good sense, good science, good psychology.  However, not all advice is equal, and I...
Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly Activities

Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly Activities

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Planning the perfect family vacation can be exhausting. Luckily, there are lots of great places to visit in New Mexico that are just a few hours from Albuquerque. Ruidoso, located just three hours from...
Father's Day: A New Mexican Dad's Thoughts on Being a Dad

Father’s Day: A New Mexican Dad’s Thoughts on Being a Dad

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This Father's Day, as I reflect on what it means to be a dad and think about the kind of father I want to be, here are a few of my thoughts on "being...
So You're Thinking About Homeschooling? Here's How To Start

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling? Here’s How To Start

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With the uncertainty of COVID-19 and our kids adjusting to what school may look like this year, there has been a huge increase in interest for all things homeschooling. Now, when you think about...