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Across the Aisle

On Sunday, my husband, teenage daughter and I took the El downtown to the ballet. When we got on a friend I don’t see often was unexpectedly on board and I was excited to chat with her. A few stops … Continue reading

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Last Night

Last night my 11-year-old hit a baseball. It wasn’t a home run, he was out at first, but he hit the ball. It’s been a struggle for him since he left t-ball for kid pitch. He loves sports, he loves … Continue reading

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Unexpected Lessons

It’s not a popular statement in “mommy groups” where we’re all supposed to agree that parenting is SO HARD ALL THE TIME but, I’ve occasionally said that the hardest part of being my daughter’s mother was her birth. It was … Continue reading

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Heroes and Valentines

Most 21st century parents are big on “consequences.” We talk about the consequences of actions, we try and outdo each other to make sure we are allowing are children to suffer the natural consequences of their actions (don’t ever, ever … Continue reading

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Blame Isn’t the Problem, Social Media Is

I have a theory about how normal people deal with other people’s tragedies.  I’m not a psychologist, but here it is: Step 1: You hear that a horrible tragedy has befallen someone you don’t know. Step 2: You feel a … Continue reading

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A Good Party

For my daughter’s 8th birthday we created invitations out of popsicle sticks to look like a log cabin. We curled orange peels in to flowers and made a cake with rosewater icing, just like in the Little House books. For … Continue reading

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Trust Vaccines? Then Please STFU

Kids should be vaccinated. My kids are vaccinated. My father-in-law is a polio survivor. My husband had a dangerous case of chicken pox as an adult. I have lived in third world countries and seen children disfigured by diseases that … Continue reading

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Non Lethal Adventures in Childhood

If you know me, you’ve probably heard this story before: When I was in first grade I rode the bus home from school. At least some days of the week my older sister must have done something else after school … Continue reading

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My Dream Mother’s Day Gift

I’m pretty sure I know what I’m getting for Mother’s Day this weekend. But if you want to know what I really want it’s this: I’d like an entire month where I don’t see another article that explains why American … Continue reading

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In Defense of the All American Child (and his mom)

It seems that the only thing we American moms love to read more than articles about the fake wars that we’re supposedly engaging in with each other is books and articles about how everyone else is better at parenting than … Continue reading

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