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My Ski Season Confession

I have a confession to make: I hate skiing.  There. I said it. I’ve lived in Colorado for over 13 years, and I am not...

Can a Recovering Hoarder survive The School Years?

Deep down, I’m a hoarder. Yes, it’s true. I know I come by this naturally. In fact, I daresay these tendencies are genetic. The polite...

Kids Need To Fail

I think it’s important for kids to fail. No really. Hear me out. I’m not saying I want kids to fail all the time and...

School Picture Sticker Shock

Back when I was growing up, “real” photos were a big deal. My parents owned a camera, but it was only used for special occasions...

Successful School Fundraisers: Cookie Dough vs Real Dough

It’s no secret that schools are hurting for cash. Parent volunteers are stepping up as best they can, and schools turn to fundraisers to help...

Evidence of Understanding in the Time-out Corner

The name of the actual indiscretion isn’t important. She’s done it on purpose, and now she suffers the consequences. She is promptly whisked to the...

Baby Names and Super Powers

This time of year always brings me back to when we were thinking of names for our daughter, Claire. Yes, she was born five-and-a-half years...

Summer 2011: Fun Things to Do in Denver

Warmer weather is here! As the sun lingers in the sky longer before settling behind the mountains, how should we fill the time? What activities...

I used to dial a phone, and it would ring.

Growing up, we had a rotary dial phone. It was big and black and attached to the wall in the kitchen. In fact, my dad...

The Lost Art of No

It’s often our first word. We learn how to use it often and with abandon. We wish our toddlers and preschoolers wouldn’t say it. We...