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I remember the first time I got caught. I was cleaning out my kids’ backpacks on a winter evening when I pulled out yet another piece of construction paper with feathers glued on and a cotton ball sky. My son wrote his name on it in a messy scribble and there was a heart next to the word “mom.” “Mommy, I made that for you,” said my son with pride as I glanced at it and tossed it aside.  “Oh baby its beautiful,” I said as I picked it back up.  “Do you love it?”...

As much as I adore my kids, they often do things that make me cringe. Like when they tell Grandma what I said about her cooking or inform their teachers about my potty mouth.  While I’m sure my little angels mean no actual harm, I cringe nonetheless. But few things make me squirm as much as when my child innocently insults a stranger. Yes, we all know that kids say the darndest things, but when your little one observes the world out loud without the benefit of the filter that...

I’ve learned many things since my children have started school, like the process of photosynthesis and the history of colonial times. But in the several years since my kids entered nursery and grade school, no lesson has resonated more than this… I could never be a teacher.  There are just fundamental differences between the human being I am and teachers. Here’s what I mean: Every morning, by the time I finish waking, dressing, feeding, packing and driving my 4 little ones...

“I would do anything for my kids.” This is a common statement made regularly by most parents. And it’s true, within reason, that most of us would do basically anything to put a smile on our little ones’ faces.  Even when it means sacrificing our own interests, which it often does. Upon request (and/or incessant whining) I’ve given my kids my last stick of gum, my last gulp of water, and my last piece of pie. They change the channel when I’m mid show, dictate Italian...

Preparing for a baby means making lots of decisions. And many of those decisions start out being fun to make (“how cute is choosing this adorable nursery bedding?”) but soon become exhausting (“ugh… I need to be finished decorating this #*%@ nursery”).  One decision that often starts out fun is choosing a baby’s name. You begin by feeling like the world is your oyster, with every name up for grabs.  This will be awesome! But you soon learn that’s not really the...

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