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Motherhood

Looking for a Fun Way to Network? Check Out The Alliance for Professional Women

When my sister started her financial planning business, she became the Queen of Networking. If there was a committee or a board that involved women in business, she was on it. So, naturally, when I started my own business and began looking for everything from graphic design to legal assistance, I asked her if she knew anyone who might be able to help me out. And every contact she gave me had one thing in common. They all belonged to the Alliance for Professional Women.

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What are Saturday mornings for?

Yes, today is Tuesday, and Tuesdays can be of the tedious sort, as days of the week go. But for a moment let’s pretend it’s a few days in the future. Let’s get ourselves in the sweet, spacious, sunny frame of mind that we often get to have on Saturday mornings. Ahhh…start of the weekend. […]

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Mama Drama: Interventions for Interrupters

Dear Mama Drama: I have two girls, ages five and seven, who are always interrupting my conversations. When I’m on the phone, talking to my husband, trying to pay the clerk in a store, etc., they always interrupt my conversation with, “Mommy, mommy…!” I ask them to stop and wait, but then get hooked into […]

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When Being a Parent Means Bearing Brutally Bad News

My generation is no stranger to witnessing horrible moments in human history. We remember where we were when the Challenger exploded. Many of us were watching it on live TV. I was in 9th grade AA Civics, listening to a kid give a speech on air safety when the principal broke over the intercom with […]

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Quiz: How to Tell if your Garden Gnome was Stolen or Ran Away

Answer the following as honestly as possible. Choose A or B as you think about life before he went missing. 1. When backing out of your driveway in recent weeks or months, you’d notice your Gnome… a. Silent and still, but you knew he was thinking, “Goodbye, Friends!” b. Stubbornly avoiding eye contact 2. Have […]

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Mama Drama: Toddler Swimming Anxiety

Dear Mama Drama: My twenty-month-old son has been taking swimming lessons for about a month. He started out well, but now throws a fit when I tell him it’s time to go swimming and is often hysterical by the time we get to the pool. Sometimes I can coax him into the water and other […]

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10 Reasons C-Sections are Awesomely Awkward

Recently, our 10-year-old son had appendicitis and needed surgery. He spent two nights in the hospital. Our 5-year-old daughter wistfully noted how lucky he was to get to be in the hospital and have surgery. Why was he lucky? Because, she explained, now he knew what it is like to be a mama having a […]

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I’m a Burnt Grilled Cheese in the Sandwich Generation

If 2012 has taught me anything – it’s taught me that I am a card-carrying member of the Sandwich generation. I’m living inside the sandwich. Tightly packed between extra toasted bread and melted cheese. In January, we began the massive process of cleaning out my mom’s house. She and my dad purchased the tri-level house […]

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