Julie Garwood

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Julie Garwood is a mom, wife, traveler, and aspiring minimalist. She has over 10 years experience as a youth development leader, working in various nonprofit organizations with children aged 0-18. She loves to create and curate practical resources for all ages, including activities for her own two young kids. Her writing focuses on the values of mindfulness, family, and intentionality. Follow her on Instagram @commomity and @juliewagenwood

When the Masks Come Off, Will My Old Habits and Insecurities Return?

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I’m a little excited for the mask mandates to be lifted. I enjoy imagining a world in which my children begin to interact with their peers again without having to shield their faces. Where...

I’ve Had A Lot of Jobs. Here’s What I’ve Learned

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I’ve had a lot of jobs. Close to 20 if I’m being honest. I’ve worked as a preschool teacher, a law office assistant, an online ESL teacher, a travel agent, a Walt Disney World Cast...

I’m so OVER Winter. Do I Belong in Vermont?

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I’ve hit my winter limit: The snow has turned ashen, the skies are a perpetual state of gray, and one sickness blends into the next in this household. Not to mention I’m home way...
A Parent's Guide to Choosing the Right Preschool

A Parent’s Guide to Choosing the Right Preschool

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Imagining your child, who surely was born just yesterday, leaving your home and heading to preschool is no easy task. First, there’s choosing the right preschool. Then, there’s the letting go. I wasn’t sure where...

Lessons in Love and War: How I’m Learning To Better Process Anger

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I love when my husband gets mad. He immediately screams, jumps on his phone to post something aggressive, writes a scathing letter to the newspaper editor, tells you why you’re wrong and he’s right…...

10 Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Child’s Teacher

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The school year is in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner. Now is the time we, as parents and caregivers, have started thinking of how to thank our children’s teachers...

Life May Be Returning to Normal, but I’m Not Ready to Be Busy

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I recently attended an educational webinar produced by a large sales company. Drawn to its description that advertised, “flexibility, endless possibilities, and big financial rewards,” I was curious to learn more. Within minutes, the...

Publishing My Writing- My Most Vulnerable Journey Yet.

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My fingers dance over the keyboard, hesitating to click “Submit” on my first post for Vermont Mom. I read it over for the 20th time, hoping to catch any inevitable errors prior to my...

Our First Family Challenge: Visiting 50 Vermont Playgrounds

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In March of 2021, a year or so into the Covid-19 pandemic, our family felt like we had reached our limit of “indoor togetherness”. Netflix had been binged, board games had been played, and...
Navigating My Child’s Speech Delay: A Conversation with a Speech-Language Pathologist

Navigating My Child’s Speech Delay: A Conversation with a Speech-Language Pathologist

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Much of my family’s past year was spent inside our home, away from family, friends, and most other sources of socialization. We were lucky to be able to stay home safely during this time,...

How My Family Will Be Using Our Advance Tax Credit

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This past week, my family, along with many of our fellow Americans, received our first payment in the Advance Childcare Tax Credit. We were excited to see it appear in our bank account and right...