I have a huge dilemma. It’s one I’ve never quite dealt with before in the 13 years I’ve been a mom. All three of my kids are going off to sleepaway camp.
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My daughter just turned 13. From everything I’ve been reading about what it’s like to parent a teenager, you’d think I’d be running for the hills or finding a good therapist. I’m not going to lie — it’s definitely more challenging to have an older child in the home who has strong opinions, heightened emotions, […]
I remember very clearly the day my grandfather died. I was 13, and as a family we flew to Deadwood, South Dakota, where my grandparents lived. As we entered his home, I remember feeling his presence. I remember experiencing a pang of sadness when I saw his handwriting on a letter placed on his desk. […]
Social media can make you feel bad. You’ve probably read this somewhere; maybe you’ve even experienced it for yourself. Trolling Facebook late at night, spying the grand ol’ times everyone else is having. Fantastic vacations, precious puppies, reunions with familiar faces. In the words of Mindy Kaling, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” And I’m […]
I love surprises. I love experiencing surprises, and I love keeping surprises even more. We were astonished in November when we discovered we were expecting our third baby. As my due date is right around the corner, I wanted to share why my husband and I have always keep our babies’ genders a surprise until […]
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Don’t be like me. Don’t wake up in a cold sweat and realize you haven’t introduced your toddler to the swimming pool or taught your 7-year-old to tie her shoes. Now that I have three children and my oldest is in first grade, I’ve learned that these things don’t just happen organically. Kids don’t wake […]
I’m now a mom of a certain age. I just turned 44. The very next day my youngest daughter turned 7, and despite my attempts to turn back the clock, I could not gird against this inevitable reality. I used to pray there would be a day when I didn’t have to wipe butts, co-sleep, carry […]
When I was in college in Texas, I adopted two pets — a black corgi-mix dog named Desdemona and an orange tabby cat named Henry. They were best buddies; neither one of them realized the other was a different species. When I adopted Henry to give Dezi a little company, I had just begun dating a […]
At two years one week my son pulled off his diaper and peed in his potty. We did a little research, decided to potty train him using the three-day diaper-free method, and I am not kidding when I say that in three days he was completely potty trained — no accidents! So a few years […]
Before my son was born, I truly thought you had to teach babies (and small children) everything they needed to know. I had never really spent much time around children, and I had no idea that they were always observing, practicing, failing, and trying again to do everything the adults did. Thankfully, my husband and […]