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Well-rounded isn't just for balls

I have a confession. When we drive by sports fields on Saturdays and Sundays, and I see dozens of uniformed kids and their parents? I am so glad we aren’t there. American suburban families who do not participate in soccer, baseball, hockey, t-ball, or any other organized league sports are rare. It’s expected for our […]

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The Smallest Gift

At the end of February, I embarked on a journey to save my father’s life. At the time, I didn’t really know just how much I would have to endure. Perhaps it is best. I brought my then 9-month-old son along, creating a separation from my husband that was the longest we’ve ever tolerated. It […]

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Parents' goals for their children: A study

  • 19 Aug, 2008
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There are certain things that we all want for our kids. Generally speaking, they are the same things we want for ourselves: health and happiness, right? Oh, and eventually enough money in the bank to pay for health and happiness. From there, the individual parent’s list of wants either grows a little or becomes something […]

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Career vs. Stay at Home: How Did You Decide?

I was contacted a couple of months ago by a book publisher. I know. Me. The email appeared as I was being forced to get jiggy with my daughter and her favorite movie, The 12 Dancing Princess. As I strained to read the email’s contents, Hadley reprimanded me I was not “keeping form��? with my […]

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The Cap is on the Summer of 2008

  • 14 Aug, 2008
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These are the best years of my life. My kids are old enough to take care of their own bathroom duties and young enough to still believe that I know it all. We’ve had so much fun this summer. We have biked, traveled, and swam. Often when I am soaking up the sun and watching […]

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The meanest mom in the whole damn town

  • 07 Aug, 2008
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Last weekend, some of the kids in the neighborhood organized a lemonade stand. They mixed it up, dragged a table down to the corner, colored a bunch of signs, and handed out cup after cup of lemonade to indulgent passers-by. I had absolutely nothing to do with it all. Except for supplying sugar, water, ice, […]

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Crime and Punishment

  • 06 Aug, 2008
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There’s this rule that my husband Allan and I have about bedtime. It goes something like this: You can do just about anything you want to do after you’re all tucked in and kissed goodnight…as long as it’s in your bedroom and it’s done QUIETLY. So if you want to have a party? Have a […]

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When you are not instinctively maternal

I have a good friend at boot camp, Linette. She is in her late-30s and is funny, sweet and successful. She also chose not to have children. Now, for some women this is not puzzling to me because they are just not “kid people.â€? But Linette is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and selflessly […]

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One flew out of the cuckoo's nest

Guest blogger Angela is a married mom of three who juggles work, school, and life from beautiful Southern Colorado. Her musings (and photos) on balancing it all (or not) can be found at This Woman’s Life. We knew it was going to happen. We were encouraging it, in fact. The eldest moved into his own […]

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