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My list of gratitude

Every once in awhile, someone on my writer’s board starts a “gratitude thread.” We have an assortment of positive and negative posts, but sometimes the negative ones seem to far outnumber the positive and that’s when a gratitude thread takes form. In that vein, I’m starting a gratitude thread here because thinking about what I’m […]

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As I’ve said before, parenting is a highly volatile issue. It’s so easy to be judgmental of other parents and the way they choose to raise their children. Everything from discipline to baby care to sleep habits is subject to criticism. Most of us think the way we do things is the best and when […]

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One word: Distraction. It’s one of the best lessons I ever learned from my kids’ paternal grandmother. Toddlers have notoriously short attention spans. They also have very few resources from which to draw to know how to effectively and calmly express their emotions. The result? A little person with unpredictable moods and unstable actions. Distraction […]

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I was browsing through Tweets today for a bit when I ran across a link someone had posted to what was presumably a blog post. It was entitled, “Do you apologize to your kids?” I didn’t follow the link because I wanted to write my own thoughts on the subject without any other input. My […]

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My post from last February about homework in kindergarten has attracted such a large number of readers, I decided to revisit the subject. This year I have another kindergartner and the homework that started to trickle in at the beginning of the year has been gaining speed by the week. Last week, when I went […]

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Giveaway winners!

Congratulations to Gianna Kranenberg of Cambridge, MN, for winning the Secrets of Happy Families giveaway. Congratulations also to Sandra Lopez of El Paso, TX, on winning the Baking Kids Love cookbook giveaway. Thanks to all who entered!

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1.  On weekends or other free mornings, your kids inevitably wake up at an unearthly hour, making it difficult, if not impossible, depending on their age, for you to catch a few extra zzs. 2.  Conversely, on school mornings or when they have to get up by a certain time, your kids are sure to […]

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Perhaps you’ve read my post about our incredibly unreliable and irresponsible Tooth Fairy? Well, this mystical collector of teeth has sunk to new lows. After days of watching in dismay as Cody woke up every morning, all excited about the money that should have been left under his pillow for his tooth, he finally decided […]

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Yes, I nominated myself

Well, someone had to do it. So when I stumbled across the link to the Blogger’s Choice Awards, I had to nominate myself. You see, I’ve noticed these fancy blog awards on other bloggers’ sites that have caused me some major drooling issues. Oh, what I wouldn’t give for some sort of parenting blog award […]

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Say what?!?!

Logan’s ongoing and long-term baby obsession has taken on a new low. Called to school to pick up the aforementioned child early because he had an on-again, off-again headache and tummy ache, I was leading my offspring, who didn’t seem sick at all, past the playground on our way to the van when his kindergarten […]

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