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“I can barely handle my two kids, I don’t know how you do it!” This is the phrase I most often hear when we are out in public. A close second is the phrase “you have your hands full!” I realize that in this age of convenience our family represents an odd throwback to the […]

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Playful Parenting

My natural inclination could be called a “German Dictator” style of parenting. And I married a goofball who seems to have an imagination the size of Texas. It’s sometimes hard to keep up. So, when I came upon the book Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen, I knew I would glean at least a few nuggets […]

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We Need to Talk

If you think the words “we need to talk” strike fear in the hearts of men everywhere, you should try them on your children. “We need to talk,” I said, when all three children came home from school. The panicked look on their faces was hard to miss. Gathering everyone into the living room for […]

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Proof that I am a mean mom

  • 06 Oct, 2007
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Growing up I had a nice mom. You would think that little girls with nice moms grow up to become nice moms themselves. Not in my case. Here are few examples of how not-nice I can be. I had the nerve to take my kids to I.H.O.P for breakfast, instead of Denny’s like they wanted. […]

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A love letter to coaches everywhere

  • 27 Sep, 2007
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To My Favorite Coaches: Let me preface by saying thank you. Truly. Because if all the world were to line up from Most Sporty to Least Sporty, I’d be the woman standing behind the houseplants. So I sincerely appreciate the fact that you magnanimously dedicate your time to activities that stretch my child’s social and […]

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Reality Bites...But Not Always

  • 26 Sep, 2007
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I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but in junior high I yearned to have a boyfriend. (What? You too? Well, I’ll be darned.) But the objects of my affection never returned that affection, and so I continued to pine after unrequited love – building up the idea of a boyfriend as the months and […]

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The Inconvenient Hamster Truth

  • 22 Sep, 2007
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Parenthood and pet ownership go hand-in-hand Our family has owned a hamster for five months, but not the same hamster. We try to be conscientious pet owners. We prepared for our new pet in the same way we prepared for a baby: we read a manual, created a lovely habitat, and bought all the accessories […]

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Who Is In Your Village?

We are so lucky. While we have no family in this part of the country, we are surrounded by lots of friends. Helpful, babysitting, diaper-changing friends. And as the famous saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Having said that, we have tried to balance the kindness of our friends and their […]

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In the passenger seat

We nod at each other. It’s more than a greeting. It’s acknowledgment. We’re in this together. We’re Passenger Seat Parents. I put off letting my teen-aged son get his learner’s permit for as long as I could. But I finally grew weary of his constant reminders of how, you know, unfair it was when everyone […]

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What's in a [Trailer Park] Name?

  • 15 Sep, 2007
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My real name is not Annie. It is Annette but I have been Annie since Day One. I’m not even sure why they bothered to name me Annette. Mom and Dad just should have put Annie on the birth certificate. When I started college, I thought that I would try out Annette for awhile. It […]

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