What My Children Have Taught Me

Pain.  Heartache.  What it really means to worry and to fret.  I never knew what any of these things truly meant until I had children.  When they were little, it killed me when other kids didn’t include them in a group. ...

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Advice--So Easy to Give, So Hard to Take

Daughters.  I never thought about them being such complex creatures, especially when my only experience of the concept was the role I was in.  And my role as daughter didn’t seem all too complex.  Being the middle child, I was of...

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No One Prepared Me

There are some things in life that one can never be prepared for.  No one, regardless of whether or not they’ve experienced it, can adequately describe what the event will be like.  And throughout my time as a parent, I find myself less...

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Sweet Sixteen

My daughter entered the world on her own terms—one week early and only fifteen minutes after the nurse told me I was only dilated to 4 cm.  The doctor had yet to arrive, no time for the drugs that soothe.  She took her time and decided...

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Things I Never Knew...Until I Became a Mom

I was a pain in the ass growing up.  There’s just no way around that one.  I remember telling my parents in anger, “When I grow up and I’m a parent, I’ll be NOTHING like you!” and go storming off into my room, door a-slamming.  I...

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What Happened To Childhood?

Remember when we were all upset about that crazy mom who botoxed her eight year old? Or when Abercrombie released the “Ashley”, a push-up bra for seven-year-olds? We thought what could be worse than that? Wait for it...

French company,...

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Navigating Adoption, Part 2

This was our #1 favorite story of the year! Originally published on December 13, 2011. 

In...

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The Hidden Benefit of Holiday Traditions

As a child, I knew that on December 24th of every year, my parents would wake me just before sunrise. We’d pile into the car which my father had meticulously packed the night before, and just before getting on the highway, he’d stop at the...

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The Gift of Organization

With the gift-giving holidays right around the corner, some familiar thoughts come to the minds of parents all across the nation. What happened to all of the toys we bought them last year?  Do they even play with any of them?  When my...

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