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From the Publisher – February 2022

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So, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming?

To be honest with you, my resolution to get back into my fitness routine has been slow going. I have been really frustrated with myself these last few weeks. I just could not understand why I started and stuck to a fitness routine a few years ago, but was now finding it hard to get back in that groove. I mainly blame the disruption of 2020 for throwing me off my routine, but there is no excuse for not having gotten back to it at this point.

So what was different in 2018 that provided me with more motivation and success? It was not until I read Pam Moore’s, Every Successful Fitness Journey Starts With These Three Steps, that I was able to reflect back and see exactly why I had success before. In my previous attempt, I had unconsciously implemented all three of Pam’s steps, but this time I had neglected one step due to a change in my morning routine.

I won’t spoil the article by going into more detail, but I can speak from experience when I tell you that these steps worked for me. So, if you are struggling to get into your fitness groove, I highly encourage you to pay special attention to Step One.

While my transition from couch potato to fitness fan may be a tough one, it won’t be nearly as tough as it was for me to transition from working woman to working MOM. Once I became a mom, the thought of handing my precious gift over to someone else for child care just seemed impossible. But, after much research, many visits, and lots of prayers, I found a setting that worked beautifully for our family.

Placing your child into daycare, or even preschool, for the first time can be emotional for families. However, once everyone is settled into the new routine, it can be a very positive experience for both the parents and the children. For some encouraging news on the benefits of child care and tips to help your family transition through this change more smoothly, check out Sandra Gordon’s feature, Help Your Child Make the Most of Daycare and Preschool.

One of the first steps in choosing a center is to make a checklist of your must haves, hope to haves, and additional questions to ask when you visit for a tour. Once you have your checklist, you will want to flip over to page 30 where you will find a list of local centers in our Child Care Guide. This directory includes every daycare, preschool, and mom’s day out program that we could find in the area. As I say every year, child care is not a one size fits all. Make sure you do your research to find the best fit for you and your child.

In keeping with the theme of transitions, it won’t be long until we will be transitioning from the cooler temps of winter to the warmer days of spring. With this welcomed change also comes our March SUMMER CAMP issue!

So, if your business, organization, or school is planning to host a summer camp this year, please let us know by February 10. The March issue will be packed with awesome camp opportunities and you don’t want to miss having yours included!

In the meantime, keep working on those 2022 goals and have a wonderful February!

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Lynn has called the Mobile Bay area home since 2006 with her husband Brad and their 3 daughters. Following the sale of her Abrakadoodle franchise, Lynn still wanted to serve families and help them thrive. Becoming the Publisher of Mobile Bay Parents was the perfect opportunity. Now she invests into family's lives each month by providing the with the area's #1 go-to resource for moms and dads.

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