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Motherhood

Mama Drama: Competitive Cravings

Dear Mama Drama: My son is very athletic and competitive. Regardless of the activity he is doing, he has to be the winner and will do anything to achieve that.  When he wins, he pumps his fists, shouts, and jumps around. Then he endlessly recounts how great he was. He watches tons of sports and […]

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Girl World Tour for moms and tweens/teens

This post comes with a giveaway. Read to the bottom for info and to enter. No parent wants to raise a mean girl. The author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book on which the film Mean Girls was based, wants to help Denver-area moms and their daughters navigate more easily through the tween and […]

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Easter Egg Hunts in a Communist Society

A Johnson family tradition is to duke it out every year at the community Easter egg hunt. It’s been a long road. When our daughter Hadley was little, she mistook the eggs as “pretty balls” and hucked them in the air. Then there was the year we couldn’t drag her off the playground equipment. Another […]

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Mama Drama: Daily Discipline

Dear Mama Drama: I have four-year-olds twins, a boy and a girl, who are very sweet, but admittedly very spoiled. They have many medical issues and there have been several times when we thought we might lose them. My husband and I are so grateful to have them that we often struggle with setting limits. […]

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Mama Drama: Cheering Chores

Dear Mama Drama: I feel so frustrated trying to get all of the housework done, laundry cleaned, lunches made, and still find time to be with my kids. They complain that I’m always too busy for them, but there is so much to do. I also feel like they don’t appreciate how much I do […]

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Mama Drama: The New Baby

Dear Mama Drama: I have a two-year-old daughter and am due with my second child very soon. My daughter and I are very close and spend lots of time together. I am concerned about how she will adjust to having a new sibling and having to share my attention. What tips do you have that […]

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Grand Theft Childhood

So much of parenting entails thwarting. I must thwart my toddler’s attempts to travel staircases and wade in toilets. I do this with gates, latches, and other inventions meant to keep small children safe and properly frustrated. I take away the cordless phone, which is often left on a low table. Everyone knows a story […]

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Mama Drama: Respectful Independence

Dear Mama Drama: My eight-year-old son has recently become very rude and disrespectful. Every time I ask him to do something he argues with me. When I try to help him with something he becomes surly and impatient. When he is with his friends he is either rude or acts embarrassed to be seen with […]

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