Dawn

Dawn
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Dawn lives life to play! Wife to Bryan and mother of four (ages 17, 14, 12, and 8,) she finds what she most enjoys and does it. Bryan tells people she hates a blank calendar; Dawn says she loves a colorful one. With a BA in Theatre and a certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa, Dawn has successfully run two business and volunteered on numerous community theatre Boards of Directors. She currently colors in her calendar with Youngevity confidence consultation appointments, Chamber Singers of Iowa City board meetings, strength training and kickboxing at NLXF-NL, managing the office at BerganKDV, and setting as many dates with friends as she can. Dawn is passionate about respect and intentional choices. She loves coffee with cream, a good wheat beer, seeing someone discover something for the first time, and listening to audio books while driving.

The Four Values Needed for Winning An Odd 2020 School Year

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I am a planner. I thrive when things are consistent and predictable. I tried to be spontaneous once, and no one was available to do anything with me — it was a major disappointment!...
A tree on a car following the derecho storm in Iowa.

Our Derecho Response: Turning Obsession Into Action

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful that I have been extra-diligent about our budget this year. This derecho storm was not in our plans — but really when is an emergency planned?...
A child protesting with her parent

Parenting and Protesting: What I’ve Learned from My Daughter

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What a year! When I was journaling over winter break at the end of 2019, I wrote down some goals and dreams for myself and my family. I had plans and ideas. Three months...

How My Life Has Changed Related to Quarantine

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Quarantine has been all-consuming for everyone for months now. It's all we hear on the news. It's all we see posted on social media. And, rightfully so. We are in the middle of history. A...
An image of thumbs down for the popular ten things list on social media

ICM Contributors Respond to “Ten Things You Don’t Like List”

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We’ve all seen this list going around, right? The "Ten Things You Don’t Like That Everyone Else Seems to Love" list on social media. I asked our Iowa City Moms contributors to share their...
An image of hearts as we discuss letting go for control amid COVID-19

Choose Connecting Instead of Controlling Amid COVID-19

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With the reality of being confined for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), I have seen many, many resources being shared with ways to keep our children engaged and learning....

You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone: Eating Disorder Awareness

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As a child, I was skinny. I remember I had a purple skirt that I was able to wear from age four until age 11. The only thing that changed was the length — my...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Family Independence: Well Done, Prince Harry and Meghan!

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I recently saw the news that Prince Harry and Meghan are in the process of leaving the royal family to venture off to become their own family. I admit, I’m not one to really...

Monthly One-on-One Dates With My Kids: My Year-Long Experiment

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At the end of every year, I strive to reflect on what went well and what I’d like to improve going forward. Last year, I was reflecting on my year-long dates with my husband...

Parenting in The Teen Years: Setting Healthy Boundaries and Holding Limits

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I have been parenting for 16.5 years, but only parenting a teen for 3.5 years. I feel really, really confident in the birth to five-year-old range. It took me four children to get there,...