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I spent a leisurely hour shopping at Trader Joe’s tonight while my husband puts our kids to bed. I’m not sure at what point a trek to the grocery store became “me time,” but that’s where we’re at. The...
I am a special needs parent. Those six words are hard to type. Because I don't think of my children as having special needs; they are just my kids. Not all special needs can be "seen". You probably wouldn't be...

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No Rest for the Weary I don’t know about you, but I find being awake at four in the morning never means anything good. Even...