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Whoever said Disney World was the happiest place on earth wasn’t there with me in 1983. As a 7 year old girl, I took that trip during the Epcot center’s exhibit showcasing state of the art advancements in communications.  Walking through the awe inspiring AT&T Pavilion with my parents, I remember turning to my mother and asking which was better, the exhibit or my science project.  With no hesitation, she chose the Epcot exhibit.  What I remember of the rest of that...

No matter how different our kids are, all of us parents seem to have similar experiences.  And while each phase in our children’s lives brings new joys and challenges for parents, I find that having a preschooler is particularly trying and humorous. So for anyone who currently has a preschooler or who has ever had a preschooler in the past, I present to you my top 20 list of ways you know you’re the parent of a preschooler. You have learned how to walk with 30 pounds of...

Indoor waterparks are like heaven on earth for most kids, especially during the long winter months. My husband and I just took our little ones to such a park and they had the time of their lives. But as I watched them run from the slides to the arcade to the myriad of other child-friendly activities, I kept thinking the same thought.  No, it wasn’t how great it is to be a kid.  Nor was it the awful things I’d like to do to the person who invented the claw machine in the...

Halloween rocks when you’re a kid. You know when it doesn’t rock? When you’re a kid’s mom.  It sucks to be a mom on Halloween.  And if you’re thinking “Aww I love Halloween with my little angel,” that’s because your kid is two years old.  You tote a human bumble bee to a baby party and then go home to resume your life. But when your child gets a little older, you’re in for a real treat. I didn’t always hate Halloween. When I was a kid I loved it – every...

People love to tell parents the cute things their kids do while they’re not with them. But when another adult starts a sentence with “your little one said the funniest thing today” my body usually seizes in fear. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past several years, it’s that children love reporting what their parents say and do in the privacy of their home. So when my child’s remark is about to be revealed, my first thought is “he definitely told...

Most parents of school age kids have heard of Montessori. An educational method founded by Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s, her namesake schools focus on learning through independence and allowing children freedom of activity within the classroom. Dedicated to the principle of learning without strict instruction, one of her key mottos was “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Maria Montessori would hate me. Yes, I desperately want my children...

A trip to the pediatrician can be filled with stress – and I’m not even talking about the sick kid part. With so many tough questions and anxiety, by the time my kids actually see the doctor, I’m the one feeling feverish. Here’s a little of what I’m talking about. “Am I getting a shot?” I hear it 6 times before we hit the waiting room. When the answer is no, there’s no problem.  “Of course not dude!” I say as though I’ve never heard anything more ridiculous...

There was a time when I looked forward to putting my kids in the car and taking a relaxing drive. When my oldest were babies, I would tuck them into their car seats, throw on my radio and watch them fall asleep to the throwbacks of 90’s on 9 or the smooth soul of the Slow Jams station. But as my kids have grown older, things have changed.  Not only do they stay awake the entire ride, but I’ve lost control of my radio. When I was a kid, my father was in charge of music in...

I have such fond memories of swimming as a kid. That’s why I’m so amazed at how little I enjoy being at a pool with my own children. Now before you start thinking I’m some cold hearted monster (too late?) let me clarify. I love watching my children when they are playing nicely in a pool, splashing around on a sunny day. I just don’t like any other part of it. Here’s what I mean… It starts when you have to actually get into the pool. Besides the obvious issue of stripping...

When I was a little girl, there was a streetlight outside of my bedroom. The city had the light on timer, turning it on each night at precisely 9 p.m. Most nights, when I complained about going to sleep, my father would tell me a story about the light. He called it the “Darth Vader light,” and when it went on, it meant Darth Vader was looking for kids who weren’t asleep, and when he found them, he bit off their limbs.  So every night at bedtime, and all through the night,...

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