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                                                                                8 Thoughts I Have During Dinner Time with my Kids  I know I’m lucky I can put food on the table for my children every night.  But sometimes when I’m feeding my children, I don’t feel lucky. Instead, I sometimes feel like getting up, discreetly grabbing my car keys and gunning it to a secret location where no one...

Winter is finally bearing down, and pretty soon a lot of moms will wake up to a cruel reality: a cancelled school day, a foot of snow outside and a house full of kids who expect to be entertained and fed all day.  And you know those little stinkers will want to play in the snow.  So if you have to play outside, you might as well know how to build a good sturdy snowman with your kids.  Here’s my guide to how to build a snowman with your children in 30 simple steps: Tell everyone...

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Sometimes I feel like all my kids do is fight. And I think that’s because all my kids do is fight. I know they love each other and it’s not malicious, but if I don’t hear someone screaming “No” or “that’s mine” or “he’s gonna hit me” in over 3 minutes, I have to run and check that the roof didn’t cave in. Even if I try to keep the peace, these fights are largely unavoidable since they’re often absolutely ridiculous. For example, recent fights have included:...

I recently read an interview with a police officer who urged parents not to teach kids to fear the police by telling them they’ll go to jail if they’re bad. “We want kids to run to us when they’re scared, not run from us because they’re scared,” he said.  And I totally agree – in theory.  But the truth is, when I’m out with my kids and they’re misbehaving and a policeman walks in, I’m like “Score!”  I open my mouth, cough out a big ol’ “uh-oh”...

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...

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