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School has been back in for several weeks now, and already I’m feeling my sanity start to return. It sounds mean, and I’m riddled with mom guilt even uttering these words, but some things in life are just easier...
For so long I feared her. Insults spouted from her mean vein as naturally as sweat seeped from her pores. She surged in power each time she put me down. The whole class seemed to be on her team,...
We know this year's back-to-school vibe is not quite what kids (and parents) are used to. The typical excitement of checking out a new classroom or meeting this year's teacher has been replaced with Chromebooks in the living room...
To my Christmas baby girl, who is turning 10,  You arrived on Christmas Eve, and we swaddled you in a stocking. We sat mooning over your silver blond hair while The Christmas Story played quietly in the background on a...
My son decided in 3rd grade he was done with soccer and wanted to play youth football. His friends were all sticking to soccer and he still loved to play, but a poster of boys in full pads and...
How do we teach our daughters about true friendship when everywhere they turn, they are bombarded with messages of how important it is to have a BFF?  From TV shows for young girls to conversations at recess, there is a...
My little girl wants to be Wonder Woman. She puts on that outfit and vanquishes bad guys and saves the world. She spins and jumps and lassos until she is stopped mid leap by the full length mirror in my...
Oh, how the pendulum has swung. I was part of the free-range generation. We ran around, almost always unsupervised. I came home to a house full of extended family who spoke little to no English, helped myself to food,...
My oldest will be eleven this year and I’m finding the “behavior modification” parts of parenting are happening less and less. We’ve moved into this new phase where I feel more like a sideline coach than an on-field trainer....

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