If I could only get a glimpse…

Jan 21, 2016 by

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One of the tough things for me as a parent is that very little of the work of parenting yields immediate feedback. Parenting has a long end-game and no one really ever knows how well they are doing until the bulk of the work is done. Sure, there are hints along the way, but I don’t yet fully know who my children will become. Part of this is exciting, as I get to “meet” a little more of my babies every day, but part of this is scary…as you might be able to gather, I’m not so good with unknowns.

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Gaining Peace with My Weight Loss Journey

Sep 28, 2015 by

I’m really good at losing weight. I’ve done it hundreds of times, including that time I lost nearly 70lbs before my wedding! And, yet, I’ve never been thin.

You see, am your classic yo-yo dieter.  I can’t even tell you the number of times I have flirted with the same 20-30lbs.  Up (busyness, holidays, stress, babies, vacations, heath issues, and just plain old apathy) and down (weight watchers, Whole 30, Paleo, 21 day fix, My Fitness Pal, supplements, shakes, fat blockers, and the list goes on…).

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Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Politics

Aug 20, 2015 by

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More than 12 months out from the 2016 presidential election and the political circus already appears to be in full gear.  We’ve got candidates coming out our ears, Facebook memes, and slanted reporting in every direction. It’s overwhelming, but to be honest, I kind of love it.  Sure, it can bring out the most obnoxious and judgmental in all of us but at least people care and have a voice with which to air their opinions.

I’ll never forget the day in 2012 when my son, a first-grader at the time, came home and asked me who I was voting for for president. What?? How could he not know?! I felt passionately about “my” candidate and I’m pretty sure *everyone* knew who I was voting for…except, apparently, my son.  How could we not have talked about it? It really opened my eyes to the importance of having these conversations with my children.  Politics don’t have to be a dirty four letter word and I take my responsibility of raising the next generation of voters seriously! So, from that point forward, I’ve made a point of discussing politics with my crew and here are a few tips I have gathered along the way:

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4 Questions I Ask My Children Every Day

Aug 6, 2015 by

Good communication is important in all aspects of my life, but nowhere more so than in parenting. Developing relationships with my children in which we communicate openly is my hill to die on.  I mean, what else would you expect from a lesbian mom-blogger with a psych degree?? #mykidsaresoscrewed

My actions don’t always fit my goals (we are perpetually running late for something and 5 minutes of listening to my kid yammer on about Lego Chima is about 4 minutes too many) but I really do try.  To help me on my quest, I’ve come up with a set of questions that I ask my children nearly every day, usually around the dinner table or in the car (same thing, right?).  These questions seem to really get to the heart of it and spur meaningful dialogue that gives me an insight into their thoughts and feelings.

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Celebrate*

Jul 9, 2015 by


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On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States declared it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the fundamental right of marriage.  It was a long-awaited, historic decision that has been celebrated in rainbows of every size, shape, and hue in the days since. As a gay woman, I too celebrated.  Justice! Equality! Acknowledgement! Acceptance! RELIEF.  It is an incredible time to be alive and I can already picture what it will feel like to tell my grandchildren about that time long long ago when (if can you believe it) two girls weren’t allowed to get married (I know, crazy).

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