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They Are Getting Older

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Have you ever had one of those moments where you could see the change coming? I mean, we all go through these phases of life where it seems like everyone you know is graduating or getting the “grown up” job. Then there’s the season of everyone you kn... Read full article

Best Five Bucks Spent, Ever

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I talk a lot about doing stuff with your family and the things that work and the things that don’t work, especially during the days we are in now. Let me tell you though, I have found one of the best ways to make your children smile, and you can have... Read full article

Raising Readers One Book at a Time

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A recent Baby Center email for my seven year old (yes, I still open them to read about her development!) had the headline, “How to Encourage Reading.” I laughed and read along, knowing the advice doesn’t apply to me just now.... Read full article

Revisiting Santa: Should We Get an Elf on the Shelf?

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On December 9, my girls asked me for an Elf on the Shelf. And although I immediately guffawed, rolled my eyes and said “NO WAY,” because it’s 2020 I had second thoughts as soon as the “no” left my mouth and the request had time to settle. If they’d a... Read full article

What!!

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I know how to keep an 11-year girl quiet on a road trip. All you need is a 5.5-inch piece of glass. Let me translate that for you: I made the leap and got my daughter her first cell phone, and I decided the best time to give it to her was just as we ... Read full article



Pandemic Perfect on Paper But a Mess in Real Life

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“Does your house always look like this? Like, so messy?” My daughter’s friend asked innocently enough. I’ve pondered this question in the months since it was asked during that one-and-only sleepover we hosted. I was knee-jerk offended in the moment,... Read full article

I’m 38. What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

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The only call I’ve ever felt certain of was the call to be a mother, and it’s specifically the call to be the mother of my two daughters, ages seven and three. But my professional call, what I’m supposed to be “when I grow up,” has been much murkier.... Read full article

Overscheduled: Otherwise What’s a SAHM For?!

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When Miss Seven started Kindergarten, her dad and I decided to limit after school activities to two: one sport or otherwise something physical and one more arts focused activity. My, how times have changed. Right now, we have four extracurricular act... Read full article

Don’t Stop, Can’t Stop

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So I am running down the sidewalk, holding my son’s shoulder with one hand and the seat to the bicycle in the other, and I’m giving the best version of the, “You can do it,” speech I can, which is a lot for me. I then find myself running out of breat... Read full article

My Dream Role: Being the “Yes” Mom

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Once upon a time, in a life not so long ago, I got a chance to play the role of a lifetime: the “yes” Mom.... Read full article

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