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Short Story | Morning In America

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

morning in america short story

“Hustle, hustle, hustle,” she snapped. Her son was dawdling again. His lunch was not in his bag, his shoes were not on his feet, his homework was still laying on the table and the bus would be at the stop in three minutes.

The boy continued playing with the figurines he got for Christmas.

“That’s it, you’re grounded.” (more…)

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It’s National Book Month – Crafts, Activities and Ideas to Celebrate!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Crafts, activities and ideas to celebrate national book month
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” –Neil Gaiman

Happy National Book Month! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tips, crafts and activities to help the kids celebrate their love of the written word. Long live books!

Raising Confident Readers (video)
Five Playful Ways to Introduce Reading

Marbled Bookmarks
Botanical Bookmarks
Teeshirt Book Tote Bag

Children’s Book Swap
Children’s Book Club

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Community Service Projects for Kids – Care Packages for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

community service ideas for tweens

Community service projects are a wonderful way for kids to feel involved, helpful, and be a valuable member of society. It also introduces the idea of incorporating service as a part their daily lives, not just for a particular time of year, but all year round.

This year, my son’s fifth grade class is encouraged to explore community service opportunities in their city. They need to complete a minimum of 4 hours and each month a team of parents offers families suggestions for different activities.

Here’s a sample of what some of our tweens have participated in so far: (more…)

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The “Perfection” Problem

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

the perfection problem

When I tally up the years, I realize I’ve been at parenting thing for some time now. Not long enough to have any true sage advice, because I can’t tell you how my kids turn out yet. In a few years, it could turn out I’ve done everything wrong.

But I have been parenting long enough to see some of the same conversations, topics, and tropes come up again and again, as if they’re stuck on a loop. There’s the this type of parent is ruining future generations articles, the this type of parent is the best for future generations pieces, the pro vs anti vaccination horror stories, the pink stinks/pink is empowering debate, and on and on.  But there is one parenting opinion piece that makes me clench my butt the tightest—the story of “perfection” mom.  (more…)

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Family | From Five to Six

Monday, November 17th, 2014

family - thoughts on going from five to six

Families, they come in all shapes and sizes. In a continued celebration of family life, I asked my friend Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots to share her thoughts on having a larger family…

What was the transition like going from a family five to six? (more…)

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Parenting and Identity

Friday, November 14th, 2014

parenting and identity

I’m going to say something I find myself saying a lot lately: the week has gone by so fast! I don’t know if it’s a function of the seasons changing, a new school year (I’ve found the years RACE by once kids are in school all day), hormones, or age, but I feel bouts of nostalgia kicking in. (more…)

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Kids Say

Thursday, November 13th, 2014


One of my favorite things about parenting is hearing the quirky, insightful, hilarious, wise-beyond-their-years things that come out of the kids’ mouths. Over the years, I’ve caught little snippets of conversations and jotted them down for posterity.

I asked some friends for funny things their kids have said and combined them with a few from my journal. Here are my some of my favorites… (more…)

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Family | From Two to Three

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


The holidays are a time when our thoughts turn to family, so I asked some friends to swing by and chat about theirs. Today I asked my friend Trish, who is one of the most amazing parents I’ve ever met, to share the story of how she and her husband went from a family of two, to a family of three.

How did your son come into your life? (more…)

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