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I GAVE UP

I gave up. I’m not one to ever encourage giving up or quitting. It honestly goes against ever I believe in. But this summer I gave up. I gave up a tidy house. I gave up on keeping up with laundry. I gave up on mealtimes. I gave up on any semblance of a bedtime […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING: 6 PRO TIPS

Ready or not-here it comes! Back to school countdown is ON and whether I’m ready for 4 kids in 3 schools doesn’t matter because-it’s happening.  Pro-Tip #1: This one takes taking a step back in time-or locking away for end of next school year-REUSE those half used notebooks, never sharpened pencils and still usable dry […]

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FUN MOM IS B-A-C-K

Fun mom is B-A-C-K! She arrived around Memorial Day but only can stay a few months. She always maximizes her annual visits.  There’s a whole lot more “yes”, “sure”, “absolutely” and “of course” and much less “no”, “I mean it”, and “absolutely not”. It feels so good to welcome her back and everyone in the […]

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5 LESSONS A MIDWESTERN MOM CAN LEARN FROM HER EAST AFRICAN SISTER

As I write this post from my comfortable kitchen while one child plays Osmo on her iPad and another circles the block on his Razor scooter, mothers living in developing nations are raising children while contending with famine, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to clean water, subpar education, and a host of other challenges. The […]

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RAISING TEENS…THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Full disclaimer…I don’t really know what I am talking about. I am navigating the rocky waters of parenting a teenager day-by-day. I don’t claim to have the answers. Heck, I don’t even feel old enough to have a teen…much less two of them? We blinked and here we are with a freshman in high school and a 13-year-old. […]

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A Letter to Parents from Teachers

A LETTER TO PARENTS FROM TEACHERS

Dear Parents, Please help us. The school year is winding down and we know that your kids (and you) get a little burned out on busy schedules and homework. The kids are getting a little squirrely as they count down the days to summer. These are the days we need your help the most, but […]

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7 WAYS WHITE MOMS CAN FIGHT RACISM AND SPREAD LOVE

I am going to be honest: My prejudice runs wide and deep. As a solidly middle-class, educated, cisgender white woman living in the Midwest who consumes media and actively participates in modern-day America, I’ve got a lifetime of bias and racism to contend with. I’m raising my children in a predominantly white world within a country […]

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Mom Hacks

MOM HACKS PART 1

Mommin’ isn’t a cake walk and we could all use some quick short cuts to keep our sanity.  Here are some tried and true “Mom hacks” to keep business running as smoothly as possible. RESTAURANT TOY When we were training our brand new puppy (before kids were in the picture), our trainer recommended that we […]

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