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What Every Child Needs to Know Before Entering School

We’re there, in the school parking lot with yellow buses and big kids with paper bag lunches and brand-new sneakers and my heart hurts and I’m thinking of all the things I didn’t get you that I should have. read more

honestly

I'm Not Worth It

In the mothering years that surrounded that day, my wardrobe suffered seriously. After all those pregnancy/post-pregnancy stages, I couldn’t bring myself to spend money on clothes for myself or for my changing body. read more

honestly

Getting Our Play On

I threw myself into planning activities that contained one critical element - be as ridiculously kid-like as much as possible. To my delight, he was game. read more

self

The Be Brave 2014 Kissing Challenge

There’s nothing like a good kiss, and yet some married couples choose to opt out. These couples may swap a quick before-ya-go or welcome-home-but-get-out-of-my-way-because-I’m-busy kiss, but beyond that, kissing has become a lost art. Where did all the kisses go!?!! read more

honestly

Setting Aside the “Hurry Up, We’re Late” Life

I noticed recently how many times I say “hurry, we’re late” in any given morning. One time hurry mode was traumatizing enough that it still makes me think twice about uttering that phrase. I was running through Target before school pickup, short on time as usual, and at the last minute, I reme read more