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Gentle-ish Reminders for Your Friends Who Misuse Car Seats

  Hey friends, I know this is not for you. You all read your manuals and checked the updated AAP, CDC, and NHTSA safety guidelines for proper child restraint use. And with that knowledge, I’m sure that you too have noticed a friend or relative, through a photo on Facebook or before your very eyes, […]

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My Kiddo Got Glasses. Now What?

My three-year-old son just got glasses. I pitched this blog to our editor thinking “oh I can write a great, informative blog about what to do when a toddler gets glasses. It will be very helpful to other parents.” HAHAHAHA.  The truth is this is a lot harder than I expected. I don’t wear glasses, […]

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What About Calculus? Why We’re Unschooling

Now, before I begin, I’d like it noted that the following opinions are not an indictment of public, private, or otherwise more traditional schools. Both my parents are educators – my dad was even the superintendent of schools where I grew up. My husband and I met during teacher training. I taught third grade in […]

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Co-Parenting Don’ts

Co-parenting. It’s not really a situation anyone ever dreams of finding themselves in. To my knowledge, no one gets married, has kids, and then gets divorced, only to rejoice in finding themselves learning to navigate the murky waters of co-parenting. Co-parenting means that this person, with whom you used to share your life but no […]

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Embrace Valentine

I’m one of those people. I decorate my mantle. I hand make the cards. I serve dinner on the nice plates. I buy gifts. I celebrate love. With all the pressure of Pinterest perfection we have pulled away from celebrating. Valentine’s Day has been one of those that has been cast aside. It’s not a […]

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A Love Letter to My Books

To my beloved books on my nightstand, I have not forgotten you. I know it doesn’t seem like it, what with the layer of dust blanketing your covers. When I gave you the place of honor on the nightstand, you knew you were within arms’ reach of being read, being appreciated, being loved. You’d made […]

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Commuting Mom Life Hacks

About a year ago I started looking for a new job. I had been at the same employer for almost nine years at that point. I transitioned from analyst to software developer and had amazing opportunities for professional growth. I’d gotten married, gained two wonderful step kids and even had my own baby. But even […]

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Parents as Teachers

I {heart} Parents as Teachers

As a mom, I’m always looking for opportunities to help my daughter grow and learn. When I was still pregnant with Madeline, I read article upon article about the various ways to help nurture development and a love of learning in our soon-to-be daughter. All of my reading led me to discover the local Parents […]

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The Santa Strategy

I have been going out of town for Christmas since I can remember.  Every other year, my mom’s side of the family celebrates Christmas together. For many years, that meant gathering at my grandparents’ house in Illinois.  As family moved around, we started rotating between Illinois, Kansas and California. Every odd-numbered year, we were with […]

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Teaching Consent: We Can Do Better

The last few months have been a whirlwind of media reports about sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. Every day we hear of another celebrity or politician accused of doing unspeakable things. While I’m glad women are coming forward and exposing these men (pun not intended), I’m disappointed to see so many articles outlining ways women […]

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