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Remembering the Girl Who Lives inside You

I spend most of my days with my boys, ages three and five. We spend them close, laughing at each other’s knock-knock jokes and talking about simple things. But some days this house isn’t big enough, and I find myself crying into my toast needing a friend. A grown-up to ask me how I’m doing. read more

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When Your Daughter Is the Mean Girl

When I hear the term “mean girl,” I conjure up memories of the movie Heathers or think of anti-bullying campaigns of recent years. When really every girl has her moments of being unkind and even downright malicious. read more

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Summer Challenges

Little ones — and their parents — do best with structure, no matter how mundane. A summer schedule that follows the sun is what keeps my child engaged and my spirit aloft. read more

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This Summer I Say Yes

I say “no” to my children often. With summer in stretching in front of me like one long nooooooo toward the horizon that is autumn. I’d like to make it a goal to say “yes” twice as often as I say “no.” So I’m making a commitment to myself to say “yes” as frequently as I can. read more

Being a Mom is About …

Being a mom is about more than just having a handy supply of kisses and encouragement. It’s also about being smart and resourceful — knowing when to face challenges and when to be kind to yourself. Being a mom also means tackling the money side of motherhood. read more