You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect parent!


First and foremost I am a Mom.  One of my true passions over the last 12 years has been supporting parents in their journey of raising children.  I speak weekly at two local hospitals and have been a guest speaker at numerous Mom’s groups, preschools, and churches.  As a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the pediatric field for 30 years, I certainly have some book knowledge, but just as important, I have had 27 years and counting of raising 4 kids.  Parenting is a journey, and I have been on that wonderful journey for many years.

Join me and we will talk about common questions, not so common questions, and share the joys and frustrations of parenthood.  Parenting does not have to be difficult, but often it is not like a Hallmark movie!  Learning together, laughing together, sharing stories, and discussing the old and new when it comes to being a parent, that is what Raising kids with LOVE hopes to bring you.

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.



  1. Theresa Keller

    I so appreciate your post about “unpluuged” family time. I went on a cruise in January with 3 of my four kids, the youngest 16 and some extended family members. Initially everyone had wi fi, but that disappeared the further we got from New Orleans. Everyone turned off their phones in order to avoid unexpected charges, but this was of course very unusual behavior to those used to being connected every second of the day and night. The comments I wanted to share came later in the week as every teenager in the group expressed pleasure in the feeling of not having to be tuned in all the time, that they found the week relaxing and extremely enjoyable. They read, played ping pong and shuffleboard, ate as a group with real dinner conversation, spent time with Grandma and more. I admit I was surprised to hear the same reaction from the kids as I felt myself that it was rather freeing not to constantly need to receive and respond to texts/tweets/email etc. I encourage all parents to give their family the opportunity to experience the possibilties that arise when technology/devices are removed/turned off. It may be difficult to initiate, but so woth the outcome!


  2. Cara

    What times & where do you speak? Sleep issues with my b/g 21/2 yr old twins & would like advuce. Thanks


    • I speak at IU Health North in Carmel, IN, IU Health West in Avon, and also IU Saxony in Fishers. Let me know where would be convenient and I can let you know dates and times. Like Raising Kids with Love on Facebook and you will also receive other tips and information.


  3. Hi! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations and thank you for your wonderful posts!



  4. Hi Cindy, My name is Cameron and I was wondering if you’d be willing to answer a quick question I have about your blog! I can be reached at cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com – Thanks so much! 🙂


  5. I appreciate your advice and approach to parenting. I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. Go to http://spiritbabycomehome.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/me-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/ to see the rules should you wish to accept the nomination and take part.


  6. Amanda Powers

    Hi Cindy,
    Your blog comes highly recommended from several friends. I’m a new mommy-to-be and look forward to diving into your thoughts and perspectives on parenting.
    I am also studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and am specifically looking for a PNP to follow beginning this August. I previously had a site set up since January that fell through last evening unfortunately. Are you available to take a student? I would love to learn from you in the medical realm as well. If not, would you possibly have friends or acquaintances that may want to have me as a student? Would absolutely love the opportunity for a holistic, comprehensive learning experience.


    • Amanda,
      Thanks for the kind words…I know that finding a spot for rotations can be so difficult. Unfortunately I am in patient education at IU Health and the clinic I work at Trinity Free Clinic simply does not have enough pediatric hours for a rotation, and we are staffed by volunteers so there is not a consistent preceptor. I am happy for you to come to my education groups and even present a topic if that would help cover some of your hours!


  7. Cindy,
    I’m excited to start reading your blog as a parent of 3 and now a grandma of 2. Most things haven’t changed from when I was raising my kids but some things have changed. My time is very different and I’m eager to learn and grow as a Grammy! Thank you


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