Tag: parents

The Greatest Love of All

Continuing my mission of providing gratuitous advice to younger parents, I was recently inspired by the song “The Greatest Love of All,” written by Linda Creed and Michael Masser, and most famously recorded by Whitney Houston. It’s an amazingly complex song, with valuable lessons throughout. I believe the children are our future Teach them well And

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Moms, it’s not your fault!

As mothers, we worry every day that we have irreparably damaged our children because we lost our tempers, or we were distracted when a child expressed a need, or we let them watch TV for too many hours. I think this is a common concern for all of us who take our parenting responsibilities seriously.

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Camp Week 2: Top 10 Things About Being (Temporarily) Child Free

This was “A’s” second week of summer camp! I’m happy to report that he is having a blast. According to his first letter home, the highlight of his trip was going SCUBA diving and seeing a submerged cinder block and tree log (I suppose that’s pretty awesome for a 10 year-old). He made whoopee pies,

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6 Things I Learned as a Parent This Week

1.  When your toddler rips your earring from your ear during a screamy tantrum in her car seat, it’s incredibly hard to distinguish the difference between a dried-up raisin and your lost earring back on the floor of the car. Especially when the only time you have to look for said earring back is after

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Confessions of a PTO Mom

I was a reluctant recruit to the Parent Teacher Organization board at my son’s elementary school. It’s not like I raised my hand and volunteered, I was followed (relentlessly) through the maze of Stew Leonard’s by one of the other parents on the board. As she tailed me through the aisles and wore me down

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Parents: An anthropological study

I spend a LOT of time at the public library with my daughter, anywhere from one to four times each week. Why? Going in the morning gets this not-a-morning-mama up and out of the house early. It gives my daughter, who is not in daycare, an opportunity to interact with other children of varying ages.

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You’ll understand when you are a mom…

On my wedding day, instead of the traditional father gives away the bride, I walked down the aisle with both of my parents and my bouquet was made up of 6 pieces, handed to me as I made my journey to my future by 6 of the women in my life who have shaped me

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Big Sister Is Watching You

Today is kind of a macabre milestone: it’s the day I have officially lived longer than my father. So I’ve been thinking a lot about The Nukes – my Original Nuclear Family. The Nukes consisted of my father, who was a salesman of many different products, mostly home improvement services; my mother, who was a

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