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Why I Love my Teenager’s Cell Phone

When my son went to high school this year, I was dismayed by the fact that he was allowed to use his phone throughout the day. Now, my view has changed completely! Because he has his phone, I get real-time accounts when he is happy or upset and am more informed than ever about his […]

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Trouble at School

My son got into some trouble at school last week. It involved an inside joke among a large group of kids, but my son’s solo bad decision made it public. No one knew his part in it, and if the truth got out, he would most likely be ostracized by his peers. It took him […]

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Quit Clowning Around

This recent trend of people wearing clown masks to spook people is causing some problems in my house. My kids take the city bus home from school every day, and now my middle-schooler is a bit unnerved. On one hand, I’m a little surprised it’s alarming him because he sees suspicious looking people on the […]

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The Parent Trap

Our son started high school and within weeks, our social life stopped cold. All of a sudden, he is out on Friday and Saturday nights with new kids we’ve never met doing various teenage things around town. One night they’re at Off the Grid, the next night at the movies (luckily he has always had […]

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Go to Sleep

How much sleep do you get a night? I ask because lately I have noticed that I receive emails from women at odd times of the night (really late) or in the morning (really early). I like to average 8 hours a night, and I’m starting to feel like a lazy sloth. That said, it […]

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Dream Dinners

*This post is sponsored- but the thoughts and feelings are our own, and we only work with businesses we believe to be reputable and resourceful to our readers. I’ve never heard of a place more aptly named. Here’s the scoop: you walk in to your local Dream Dinners location, don an apron, are led to […]

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My Cooking Quandary

Before I had kids, I didn’t cook. At all. Looking back, I have no idea what my husband and I even ate for dinner before we had kids. So by the time my boys were ready for solid food and seemed to happily devour anything that was put in front of them, I knew I […]

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School Clothes Shopping :: Easy or Awful

When I was little, I hated back-to-school shopping. My mom and I didn’t see eye to eye on how I should dress, and she insisted I try on clothes that made me uncomfortable. Based on my elementary school pictures, she liked to dress her sporty tomboy as a tiny businesswoman in tailored outfits that included […]

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The “Bad Mom” Phenomenon

They had me the instant the trailer started for the upcoming movie Bad Moms. I will definitely see it, and I’ll sneak in a juice box of wine for anyone who wants to join me. The concept is genius because at some point, we have all wanted to throw in the towel on our responsibilities […]

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European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos) adult female and two cubs, in boreal forest, Finland, June

Channel your own Mama Bear

Years ago, I knew something was wrong with my heart. My doctor continually told me I was fine. After two years she finally tested me, and months later I had surgery! I knew something was off, but I let her convince me otherwise, without even running a simple test. Conversely, my son was diagnosed with […]

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