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Things have been kind of rough with my 5-year-old son Declan lately. He has done a lot of growing up this summer, which has been both good and bad. He’s always been a very sensitive, thoughtful child – so to see a wild streak finally emerge is disconcerting. Who is this child leaping off the […]

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Where This Mom Draws the Line Part III: Orange Puffs of Death

  • 01 Jul, 2008
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This will be the third and final installment of “Where this mom draws the line.â€? ‘Tis the last chapter–the third witness–that I am a mean, but well-meaning mom. Part One was about how I don’t play videogames with my kids. I’ll play soccer, go on hikes and show them how to go off “sweet jumpsâ€? […]

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Ears, Fears and Not Enough Tears

  • 24 Jun, 2008
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I have a niece who for the longest time referred to pickles as “shupet.” Like filet or valet or CABERNET. In fact, for the first five years of her life Megan spoke the most adorable make-believe FRENCH I’ve ever heard. Megan is now 13 and there isn’t A TRACE of foreign in her day-to-day speech […]

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This Mama's Turn Around in Perspective

Guest writer Shannon lives in colorful Colorado Springs with her news anchor husband and two sons. When not fixin’ up their fixer-upper home, hiking, gardening, cooking, changing diapers or chasing children, this Colorado Native is sure to be found blogging at The Cole Mine. I have taken it upon myself to change my perspectives lately. […]

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The Entertainment Conundrum

[photopress:george.gif,full,pp_image]We are those parents. We held back TV, especially violent TV, so our son Declan still mainly watches the Wiggles. OK, now he’s into our old school Schoolhouse Rock videos. But the TV ban has kind of backfired on us, because he cannot comprehend an actual storyline of a movie and he is so sensitive, […]

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Where This Mom Draws the Line: Part Deux

  • 17 Jun, 2008
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My last post was about where I draw the line when it comes to what I will and will not do for my kids. Here’s a quick look back: “When we become mothers we give and give up so much of ourselves for our children. We do it willingly. We do it with love. But, […]

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Birthday Wishes for my Beloved Natural Disaster

[photopress:glamor.jpg,full,pp_image]Dearest Hurricane Hadley, It is that time again – when I reflect upon this past year and divulge items that will be used as evidence in your future therapy sessions. It is difficult to believe you are finally four! The Terrible 3s certainly trumped the Terrible 2s but with them came an increased sense of […]

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Bilingual Children: A Mother's Day Wish

  • 07 May, 2008
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Scroll down to enter to win our giveaway of the day: the Bruz pants of your choice for your active child! Sitting between my grandmother’s legs, her fingers intertwined in my clean, moist hair, my eyes pulled back into painful slits as she braids the ponytail sitting high on top of my head, I quickly […]

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Sanford & Son (& Daughter) Do White Trash!

[photopress:sanford.jpg,thumb,pp_image]Every neighborhood has ’em. You know: the one white-trash family that just oozes with socially unacceptable behavior such as loud music, big engines, cold beer and jacked-up trucks. I just didn’t know “they” were “us.” It all started out innocently when I took the kids for an early-morning run at this time last year. Since […]

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