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Mom Blog: On Being a Good (and Bad) Mother

For the past several years, we have run this article on Being a Good (and Bad) Mother on our mommy blog for Mother’s Day. It...

Because I Love You: A Love Letter to My Teen

“Why can’t you just trust me?” my 12-year-old daughter accused. I stopped and stared. It had been a year of upheaval as we moved from...

Our revolutionary, best-selling parenting book: How Not to Get Eaten Alive

My husband and I are currently in what we refer to as “the good years” of parenting. At ages 8 and 10 our little cherubs...

Dental Drama

Shortly after having my firstborn daughter Hadley, I went to the dentist and discovered my Pukefest-for-a-Pregnancy had produced approximately 500 cavities. We started Operation Rotfest...

Hosting an Exchange Student Q&A: Saying good-bye to our bonus kids

We recently wrapped up two years of hosting two incredible exchange students: The truly lovely Maelle from Switzerland and the always-entertaining Pablo from Spain. I’m...

A daddy-daughter date: 40 years later

I left Canada when I was 18 years old for college and the longer I’m gone, the farther away it feels.  Four years ago, my...

Father’s Day Tribute: Dr. Seuss and a powerful lesson in loyalty

In honor of Father’s Day, we are printing some of our favorite Father’s Day stories from years past. Bode is now a thriving, adventurous and...

No Growing UP (and how they keep ignoring us!)

Now that we’re in the trenches with teenagers, I fondly remember way back when I instituted the rule at our house: NO GROWING UP! Of...

Ditch the Resolutions: Why I’m writing a letter to my past (or future) self

What hard-earned lessons have you learned and would impart to your younger self?  What do you want your future self to know about where you...

Ditch Gifts and Give Experiences–Just Not the Gift of Death

This year, money is tight for many family members. This caused me to reflect upon Christmas 2008. Instead of giving each other gifts we didn’t...