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Becky

Becky
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I am a Dayton native who vowed to pack up and leave for bigger sights but never made it further than Centerville. I've been married to a fellow Daytonian for five years, and we currently play house in the Englewood area. I have two bonus kiddos - a daughter (13) and a son (11) - and one daughter (3). When we aren't playing soccer or hockey, our family enjoys checking out our Metroparks and visiting local farms that host family events. To detox from life's stressors, I love running, eating mass quantities of chocolate, and praying -- sometimes all at the same time.

Things I Swore I’d Never Do

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If I could go back in time and talk smack to only one person, it would probably be me - before kids. I’d march right up to a table at a restaurant that I...

The Unprepared Tooth Fairy

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The day had been coming for a while. My daughter’s tooth had been holding on by a gossamer-thin thread for days, and it was just a matter of time. Somewhere in the dusty recesses...

All Dogs Go to Heaven {Saying Goodbye to My Fur Baby}

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Long before I had a larger-than-life daughter, before I had two creative and talented stepkids, before I even knew my husband was walking the earth, I had my first baby: a fur baby.  She came...

Yakety Yak: Don’t Talk Back

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“What does she think, telling me to brush my teeth. She doesn’t even know what she’s talking about anyway… Grumpy old lady.” The door to the bathroom was cracked just enough for me to hear...

Marie Kondo vs. Packrat: Quarantine Edition

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When the Marie Kondo ship sailed in, I never jumped on board. I meant to. Oh, how I love the idea of getting rid of all the clutter. Some days I’d look at the...

The Language of Autism

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I have a 5-year-old friend named Harry. He loves numbers, marble runs, and snap circuits. He reads portions of the encyclopedia to family and friends, and he delights in sharing this knowledge. He is...

Surviving the Stomach Bug Without Grace or Dignity

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It happened at 1:30 in the morning. Because doesn’t it always happen in the middle of the night? I’d been asleep for maaaaybe two hours when I heard a cry for me accompanied by...

Leap Year… Even If You Don’t Care

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If you can’t remember the last time you knew when Leap Year was, yet alone did anything special in honor of it, you’re in good company. I’m pretty sure that I haven’t given Leap...

My First Job… As a Mom

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After 22 years in the workforce, sometimes working two or three jobs at a time, I quit collecting a paycheck cold turkey and took up full-time humanitarian work - as a mom. Long after I...
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Volunteer Opportunities to do with Kids

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January can be one of the most depressing months for anyone - maybe even more so for parents. The whirlwind of holiday sweets turns into grumpy sugar withdrawals. Excited faces on Christmas Day transform...

It’s a Griswold Kind of Christmas

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Anyone who has seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation knows that Clark Griswold spends the entire holiday season valiantly trying to make Christmas a magical holiday for his family, even while his house literally falls...

I Now Pronounce You… Polar Opposites

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Ask anyone, and they’ve probably heard the story of Beauty and the Beast. The cheerful and kind Belle finds love with the unlikely Beast, her total opposite. She sways him to see things her...

The One With an Apology

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With the power to say whatever we want, whenever we want, all forms of media show growing toxicity and judgment in the way we seem to interact with people who are different than us....

Pick Up a Book for National Read a Book Day

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In our house, we read. A lot. If you walk through our front door, you will see books casually laying - well- everywhere. We read for fun; we read for information; and we read...