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Five Reasons to Have “One More Baby”

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

One of the biggest lessons I have learned as a parent is that I cannot plan everything. Before I became a parent, I thought I would have two, maybe three, children, and I would space them out exactly three years apart and be done giving birth by age 33 — an age I deemed “right.” That decided, I read every parenting book, I talked to all my friends who were...

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Five Inevitable, Slightly Harrowing Truths of Parenting

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

I have four children. I have been a parent for over eleven years. That’s why I know that, like death and taxes, some things are certain in a parent’s life. Here are just five slightly harrowing but ultimately inevitable truths of parenting, from my experience — and if you have managed to escape these thus far, please don’t tell me....

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28 Days of Play!

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

This month, I’m participating in the 28 Days of Play project over at Rachel Cedar’s You Plus Two Parenting & Beyond the Basics site. Rachel asked 30+ writers to explore the idea of playing with our children –the honest truth. Do you do play with your children? Do you like to? How do you play with your kids? It should be an interesting...

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When He Doesn’t Love Me

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 14 comments

“Have a good day,” I said as my firstborn stumbled out of the minivan door, significantly encumbered by a giant Jansport backpack loaded with textbooks and a lunchbox packed with my own hands. “I love you.” “I don’t love you,” he answered confidently, each word measured and punctuated by his eyes piercing mine. He...

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The Rocks in His Pockets

The Rocks in His Pockets

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 18 comments

They started appearing about a month or two ago by the handful. Every day, after school, my youngest son would show me when he hopped into the minivan and dropped his backpack into the backseat. “Mom, you will never guess what I found today!” They are all alike, the rocks he finds on a public elementary school playground in suburbia: white,...

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