Emily Heinis

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Emily is a former communication teacher and speech coach. She earned her BST and MA in Communication Studies, both from MSU, Mankato. When her first child was born (Olivia, now 9), she took an extended maternity leave that turned resignation. When her second child (Nathan, 6) started kindergarten, she returned to work to teach Oula Dance Fitness at the Y and serve her church as their Congregational Services Coordinator. In her spare time, Emily enjoys drinking wine in the bathtub, painting and writing lovely things, and trying not to swear in front of her kids.

Everything Has Changed

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When I was a stay-at-home-parent, I experienced the same dichotomy of thought that most SAHPs battle: “I wouldn’t trade this for the world” versus “These endless days are killing my spirit; when will it...

New Low Standard

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We’ve made it to August of 2020, and we all deserve a medal. The parents. The kids. The teachers. The health care workers. The grocery store clerks. The first responders. The house cats. No...

When My 8-Year Maternity Leave Came to an End

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When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was a high school teacher. I planned to have the baby in winter, so I could have an extended maternity leave through late August (healthy...

Not Your Mama’s Workout: Reformer Pilates at Studio E

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Just outside of town in the sweet space bringing city and country together is a private studio you wouldn’t expect. Designed from scratch to perfectly suit her needs, Studio E founder Erin Hatlestad has...

The Comforts of Home

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Even though Kid Two won’t touch any food “mixed all together,” I still make a good Tater Tot Hot Dish every other month or so, because I think it’s some kind of law in...

Should I Let My Daughter Wear a Two-piece Swimsuit?

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It’s finally swimsuit season in Minnesota (knock on wood, since June snow is a thing somehow), so the great debate has started in all the good Facebook groups: should I let my daughter wear...

Managing Your Mental Health While Parenting

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**I am not a health professional of any kind. The following is a description of my choices and how I manage. Please seek help from a licensed therapist or doctor to diagnose and treat...

To Glam or Not to Glam?

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“Where are we going?” “What makes you think we’re going somewhere?” “You put clothes on.” Touche, child. Touche. When you are a stay-at-home-mom or a work-from-home-mom, the standards tend to fall pretty low on the outward appearance scale. Who...

Letting Your Kids Be Involved

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Many high school yearbooks have Senior Superlatives, titles for students, voted on by their peers, such as “Most Likely to Succeed,” and “Best Smile.” Because I was an over-involved extrovert, I earned myself a...

What Do You Want to Pass On to Your Kids?

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The question was asked in my favorite Facebook parenting group (yes, I’m in several; yes, there are ones good enough to deem “favorite”): What skills do you want to pass on to your kids? It...