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Kindergarten is Hard … on Me

Preschool to kindergarten is a tough transition. It means less sleep, less freedom and less family time. It also means more work, more rules and more distance between friends in different school districts. It’s a major change that is bound to cause some tears and frustration. And yeah, I guess it’s also hard for the […]

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My YouTube Secret

One of the many things I’ve learned in this parenting gig is that no matter how weird or awkward or strange something your kid does, chances are at least 75% of other kids have done it or are currently doing it as well. I’ll still go ahead and Google said weird kid thing before bringing […]

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Finding Myself Again

All at once, everything crashed. My adrenaline wore off, the baby was here to stay, nobody in the house slept through the night in weeks, I hadn’t showered in an unacceptable amount of time, my eyes had permanent bags, my husband worked the night shift, and I was alone. Even with a baby tethered to […]

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Your First Day of School

You are my first. I am learning to be a mother because of you. You’ve taught me more about myself and about life than anyone ever has. We are about to begin an entirely new chapter. This is such a big change for both of us. I am not ready for it. But here we […]

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Bigotry Has No Place Here

The news cycle coming from Charlottesville, Virginia is astonishing. It is maddening, shameful and repugnant. My visceral reaction to the Neo-Nazi protestors has nothing to do with where my family and I fall along the political spectrum. It is not a matter of freedom of speech or the right to protest. It is not about […]

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Daycare Parking Lot Drama

As a working mom, mornings can feel like a sprinted marathon that I must complete within a specific window of time: daycare drop off at between 8:30-8:45, me getting to work by 9. Usually, I’m barely finishing without collapsing. That’s why the daycare drop-off is KEY in getting to work on time. But sometimes, it […]

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Why I Give My Kids Allowance

My five-year-old daughter can identify all the coins, and she’s learning how much they’re worth. My seven-year-old can estimate tax, then pay for something and know exactly how much change he should get, down to the penny. They’re both learning addition, subtraction, fractions, and percentages. They haven’t learned all this at school or in advanced […]

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Chain Restaurants: Bring ’em On!

Picture in your mind the most elegant restaurant you have ever been to. Picture the beautifully folded cloth napkins, the pristine linen table cloth, the smell of the real candles that burn low to add to the ambiance. Imagine the soft sound of orchestral music playing in the background, and the many different courses offered […]

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