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Mommy, Put Away Your Phone

Mommy, Put Your Phone Away

It’s a gorgeous August evening. The peepers are peeping, the moon has just popped out, and my 3-and-half-year-old son and I are enjoying one of our favorite summer traditions: porch popsicles. A pretty perfect night for us. Suddenly I hear  it: “Mommy, put your phone away.” Busted. He caught me checking my Twitter feed when […]

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‘Children Don’t Belong in Nice Restaurants’ and other Falsehoods

Every parent has experienced that ominous feeling. A relatively peaceful meal out with the family – a rare indulgence since having the kids – about to be disrupted by an adorable but incorrigible tiny person. The tears are about to flow, but not before letting out a blood-curdling shriek and maybe hurling a fork across […]

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He is me from the nose down, his dad from the eyes on up.

Raising a Biracial Child

A few years ago I read a National Geographic article about what Americans will look like in 2050, exploring the trend toward cultural and racial mixing. The faces in the accompanying photographs featured goldeny hazel eyes and olive mocha skin framed by thick, shiny hair. I thought to myself, I wonder what it would be […]

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Only Four More Summers

Only Four More Summers

In just a matter of a few days. I will be in the seventh layer of hell known as back to school. My family will sluggishly wake up and slowly go through the motions as I yell “hurry, we are going to be late!” no less than 68,603 times. While some parents relish in sending their […]

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Life After Suicide

Suicide is now mainstream. From teens, to veterans, to celebrities, rates of suicide deaths are rising in almost all groups of people. The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have further opened up communication for this epidemic that has always been taboo and shameful. How could our idols living our dream lives be […]

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