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Born & raised in Central Illinois & moved to Indy in 2008. Megan LOVES to stay busy & be social. She volunteers, dabbles in photography, travels & thoroughly enjoys music and the Cubs. The Security Director for the Whale of a Sale, A Daisy Troop Leader, Girl Scouts School Organizer, Nanny, and wife to an incredible man who works super hard so she can stay home and do all of these fun things. Oh, she also runs a local non-profit called Pals On Patrol!

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Let The (Bargain) Shopping Begin at Just Between Friends

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Remember before you had kids (difficult, I know) and you said silly things like “I will only dress my children in clothes from Gap Kids”, or when you had only one child and said “No thanks” to hand-me-downs because you liked buying new clothes for your precious little angel? Just me? Oh, how I like to laugh at that young, clueless version of myself.

 

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The Ninjas Are In The Building (literally)

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Are your kids obsessed with American Ninja Warrior? Do you find them taking precarious leaps off of your sofa, rearranging their bedroom furniture into an obstacle course, defying gravity on the monkey bars?

Mine, too.

And if you have had just about enough of your house doubling as a training arena, consider yourself lucky to be a just a short drive from a state-of-the-art, first of its kind The NinjaZone Academy. Because the ninjas are now quite literally in a building.

 

 

 

 

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Reflections From the Beach

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The first Spring we were in Indy someone asked my husband, ‘So, where are you guys going for Spring break?’. Our daughter was only one at the time. Spring break? With a baby? This is a thing? We were shocked. Why would we do that? When I was a kid “Spring break” was an extra two days off school; Good Friday and the Monday following Easter. Not a flipping week where it’s just assumed you’re going somewhere. I spent Spring break with a babysitter (until I was old enough to do the sitting myself). We’d color Easter eggs. Play outside. Ride bikes. Color. Read. If my siblings and I were lucky we’d get to go on a quick trip with our Mom to the mall 30 minutes away. It was like any other day off from school. I really don’t remember anything too extraordinary.

Boy, how times have changed.

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What started as a trip to visit my grandparents after my Dad passed away has turned into an annual tradition. Every Spring we load up the Honda Odyssey and make the 16 hour trek down to sunny Florida {with what seems like the rest of Indiana} for a week away from home. We spend almost every day on the beach. We eat at super fun, yummy restaurants. We see my grandparents and friends. We really do enjoy most of it.

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How lucky are these kids though? My goodness. When we walked into our beach condo the other day I seriously stopped for a minute and just shook my head. Like most parents, we have tried to give our children a life we didn’t have, but dang, I think we may have gone a bit overboard {and we don’t give our kids half of what the majority of kids their ages get}.

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My eight year old won’t stop complaining. We’ve had to eat at our vacation home too much! I gave her half of an egg sandwich, not a whole! She’s had to play with toys inside and use her imagination! Her life is miserable. The crying fit she had this morning was award worthy, and that was all because I told her she couldn’t watch TV. Why can’t she just be grateful that we’re in Florida and not in Indy where it’s practically winter? Ugh. Don’t get me wrong, I know how lucky we are. And I hope my kids do, too. But I want to go hide in the kitchen and eat a Nutty Bar I’m so stressed. Yes, Spring break sure has changed.

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Raising Good Humans
Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, has been studying the act of teaching kids to be kind. “Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood,” he says. 
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In a world full of negativity (abusive homes, violent video games, classrooms out of control, mall shootings, & drug overdoses just to name a few) how in the world can we instill the importance of being kind to others and overall just being a nice person? Well, I am not a professor but I know one thing: it starts at home. Here are some things you can do with your mini-me(s) to get the ball rolling. 

Work as a TEAM
Lets say you’re at a play date and your kiddo has single-handedly destroyed their little friend’s toy room. Do you just say “Oh we had fun! See you next time!” or do you offer to help pick up? 
When a friend or neighbor has lost a loved one do you verbally send your condolences or do you make a meal for them so they have one less thing to worry about that day? 
If you choose to help your play date host why not get your little one involved? Sing the ever popular clean up song and help your child put away some blocks (even if your friend says not to). Or have your seven year old help you choose what meal to send to the grieving family. Get the kids involved in the decision making AND the follow through. Ya know, there is no I in team. 

Volunteer
I’m not talking about joining the PTA or signing up to coach your little league team (not that those aren’t valiant efforts, don’t get me wrong). I am talking about going down to the community homeless shelter and serving meals. Or going to the humane society and walking a dog that has been cooped up in a cage for a day. Or working with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for someone who really needs it.  And doing it more than once. And then talking about it with your children. Let them know how awesome it feels to do something for someone who can never do anything in return. Talk about a natural high! 

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Be Random
Our children do this all the time already. Have you ever received a pretty picture just because? Or been given a bouquet of dandelions on a warm summer day? It melts my heart when I turn down my blanket at night and find a sweet note from my little girl. Let your kiddo see you do something nice for someone just because. Pay for the next person’s Starbucks. Put some flowers on your neighbor’s front step. Send a note to your best friend who is two thousand miles away. Give a smile and a hug to the mom who seems to be having a bad day. Or pull over to help the elderly woman who needs assistance crossing the street. What do you have to lose? 

Expand Your Circle
Children pay close attention to what is happening around them. They live inside this little bubble where mostly everything revolves around what they say, think, or do. As their parents though it is our very challenging job to help them realize that their actions, whatever they are, affect more than just them. Every action has some sort of consequence and they get to choose whether it will be good or bad. Talk to your five year old about how their temper and name calling at the play date hurt their friend’s feelings even though they were the one who was really mad. Or let your teen know that the school librarian saw him sticking up for the new kid in class. And let them see you being polite to strangers; saying hi to someone at the store, thanking the server at the restaurant, or just letting someone with a few less items go ahead of you at the grocery. 



Raising children today is definitely not easy but if we can all remember The Golden Rule we can make things just a little bit better. 
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Community Spotlight With The Indiana Fever
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use passcode 'City Mom' to purchase tickets
#indianafever | #projecthomeindy | #tcmspotlight
A few weeks ago I wrote about seven things you can do with your kids this summer that would help you give back to your community. This time I want to tell you about one specific agency and let you know about some BIG events we are working on!!
Last month theCityMoms had the opportunity to attend a fundraising event for Project Home Indy (PHI); it was a glorious morning of mimosas, shopping, and learning about what PHI does for teenage moms-to-be. It was very informative and while Sylvia Crawley, Assistant Coach of the Indiana Fever, was talking to us about her involvement with PHI a light bulb went off. 
theCityMoms should reach out to Project Home Indy and support those moms!
Project Home Indy supports teen mother’s need for a safe and healthy environment to encourage individual and family success. In addition to extended-stay residential services in a safe, structured and supportive environment, Project Home Indy offers each teen a comprehensive assessment designed to determine the appropriate type and intensity of services needed for her. They offer programs and activities in many areas, either internally or through community partnerships in order to promote self-sufficiency for their residents and their children.
We are currently working with their volunteer coordinator to get some events up on our tCM calendar but here is our first announcement:
theCityMoms have partnered up with theIndiana Fever to raise money for PHI !!! 

We would like to invite the City of Indianapolis and YOU, your family, and your friends for a special Community Spotlight night during the Fever-vs-Chicago Sky game on July 17th.  


theCityMoms will have* :

  • Table on the main concourse  
  • 30 Second Public Service Announcement on the giant video board featuring our members
  • $5 from each ticket purchased through this offer will also be donated to Project Home Indy 
  • Special  CityMoms cheering section
*See Flyer for full details
Come on out for a night of friends and fun!!! 
Tickets are $16 each – quite a discount! We hope to see you there! 

Purchase Your Tickets RIGHT HERE. Use passcode 'City Mom'
***ticket sales end July 4th, 2014***

 

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Confessions Of A SUPERmom
My Twitter handle is @supermommymegan and my hash tag is #stressedouttiredimpatientyellsALOTmommymegan
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#notsupermom | #momconfession | #doitallmom
su·per·mom
    (ˈso͞opəˌmäm)
           noun;
an exemplary or exceptional mother, especially one who successfully manages a home and brings up children while also having a full-time job.


Can you relate?

Contrary to whatever belief… I am NOT a supermom. My Twitter name was given to me by someone who said I was so cool because I was doing all of these really awesome things with my kids while they were at work all day (I kept it as a joke). 

  • Zoo? No problem. 
  • Children’s Museum? Alllllll the time. 
  • Parks? Check. 
  • Swimming? You bet. 
I took (and still take) my kids EVERYWHERE. 
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Disclaimer:  Yes. I know. You don’t have to tell me how lucky I am that I can stay home with my children all day while my Master’s Degree, Professional License earning husband gets to go the office and work with ADULTS all day. While I’m changing diapers, cleaning up vomit (from the dog, too), playing referee, cleaning, yaddah yaddah yaddah. Am I jealous-ish? Duh. But no matter how upset I get that I am not using my hard-earned degree for anything more than decoration...
I really do know how good I have it 
Truth is, even though my Twitter handle says “supermommy” I do not feel “super” at all. I feel like a too-much-chocolate-stress-eating-yelling-frumpy-old-lady-who-is-just-staying-home-because-she-has-to (have you SEEEEEEEN the cost of childcare lately?). In my mind, a ‘super mom’ is like one of those Stepford Wives from the TV shows in the 1950’s; a mom who wants to be home all day, with perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect make-up, a smile on her face all day, she doesn’t yell at her kids, and she has dinner on the table when her husband gets home from work. 

I tried that once. It lasted about twelve hours.

On any given day you can find me yelling at my six year old. Or ignoring my three year old (like I am right now). I don’t like to play dolls. Or cars. Or build things with blocks. I lose my patience at the drop of a hat (or a certain look from my soon-to-be-first-grader). If I am being 100% honest with you, I never even wanted to be a mom.

I had goals for myself. A career that was moving along so quickly that I can still see the skid marks from when it suddenly came to a stop. I do believe that everything happens for a reason and that there is a plan for me…. But it is obviously hard for me to let this career idea go otherwise I’d be as happy as pie staying home and raising a family. My husband actually said to me once, ‘aren’t the kids and I enough?’. My answer? Nope. Don’t get me wrong - I love my children more than anything but I need something more. And that’s totally ok.
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Maybe that’s why I do so much OUTSIDE of the house. I can’t have a professional career so I make something else by being social, volunteering and taking my kids all over town (and the country) – all things I TRULY love doing. My kids are getting to do and see things I never could as a child.

But I know I’m not alone. I know that one or maybe even ten of you feel the same way I do. Not every mom grew up dreaming of the day they’d get married to their Prince Charming and get to stay home with the babies. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING wrong with that. 
We are all different and there is no right way to be a mom. 
One of the coolest things about theCityMoms is that we *ARE* all different. We come from different backgrounds, locations, experiences… yet we are all one big happy family of moms trying to find our way in this crazy parenting world. However, you’re bound to find someone who is having a day like you are. Or someone asking if it’s five o’clock yet and it’s only 7:32am (guilty). Or someone who will meet you at your favorite local establishment for a mommy vent session (it’s good for the soul).

And if you can’t find anyone send me a tweet. You know how to find me!

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7 Ways To Give Back & Help Others In Your Community
When I was three years old my dad started a charitable program that helped give children, in my community, a Christmas that they would not have had otherwise. I would go around town with him while he was collecting donations. 
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#giving back | #helping | #community 
As soon as I was old enough I was shopping for these other kids, wrapping their gifts, and eventually delivering them to the families myself. 


Working with this program was something I looked forward to every year; seeing the joy on these parents’ faces and knowing that I was helping them give their children something special was such a rush.
"{My parents} instilled in me, at a very young age, the power of helping others. Giving back. Thinking of others before myself."
You’re probably wondering why I tell you this. My point is that my mom (a Registered Nurse) and my late father (a policeman) instilled in me, at a very young age, the power of helping others.
Giving back. Thinking of others before myself. And now that I am a mom to two young children I want to instill the same values. My husband and I are active volunteers in our community and we try to get our kiddos involved in any way we can.

Are you looking for something to do with your little ones this summer? A way to give back to your community, maybe? Here are a few things that you, as a family or just the kids, can do to help those around you: 



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  • Visit your local animal shelter/humane society. Whether it’s helping them clean some liter boxes, mopping the floor, or even playing with some of the animals they are always looking for volunteers. (make sure to call first – some centers have age restrictions)
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  • Host a canned food drive. It could be for your local food bank, a church ministry, or even an animal shelter/humane society. You could walk around your neighborhood and ask others to give OR even just donate some of the items you have around the house. 
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  • Serve meals at a local homeless shelter. If your kids are old enough (usually around 16 or 17) they can come with you. I’ve done this before and it is so much fun!
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  • Donate clothes/toys to shelters. Most of them are willing to take what you have; calling first to see what’s on the top of their list is always a good idea.
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  • AMVETS or other military support organizations will take items from your home and give them to our Veterans in need. Pots, pans, clothes, stuffed animals, exercise equipment – they will take pretty much ANYTHING you have to give. Have the kids go through their old things and pick something out to donate. 
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  • Clean a park. Just take a trash bag (& gloves!) and walk around picking up liter on the ground. I did this with my Daisy Troop and the girls are STILL asking to take walks and pick up garbage during our meetings! 
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  • Yard work. Help and elderly neighbor mow their lawn. Or plant some flowers. They will be so grateful and happy to have your assistance! 
“A simple act of kindness can make a tremendous impact on a person’s life.” – Anonymous 

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