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Tag: parenting perspectives

Firecrackers and Wildflowers {A Younger Version of Myself}

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It's so peculiar to see yourself reincarnated in someone else. I learn more about myself by watching all my traits on full display....

Stepparent Snafu {Embracing Your Blended Family}

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I'm a stepparent. I've made a snafu. There is not a book that paves the way to this stepparent gig. It the hardest act in...

Halloween Parties to Remember {A Neighborhood Tradition}

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Growing up in my neighborhood, Halloween was fun. But I have just as many memories of the two hours prior to going door-to-door on...

Moms We Are Blessed to Know: A Single Mom & Segregated...

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We, as a collective American society, sometimes feel as if segregation was such a long time ago and a thing of the past. Then,...

If These Walls Could Talk

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The first room we created for a child was our 6-year-old daughter’s nursery. I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. I...

Halftime {Making Sense of the Big 5-0}

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My next birthday is a big one. Like a seriously BIG one. As we age, I think that we begin to reflect on our life....

Perspectives From a Politician’s Daughter

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For as long as I can remember, my stepdad has been a politician. He’s a state legislator and that’s something I’ve always been proud...

You Are Their Hero

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I am not even going to sugar coat it. We are on the struggle bus over here and we will be for the foreseeable...

And Dog Makes Five [Adding a Pup to Our Crew]

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A few weeks before my birthday this year, my husband Ben asked what I would like as a gift. As usual, I couldn't think...

Motherhood Perfection

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You know those perfect moms? The ones who tell you pregnancy is such a magical and joyous experience every moment of those nine (or...

Mama: That Title Matters

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Describe yourself without using the word mother. I’ve been instructed to do that before; and for a long time, I couldn’t separate the title...

I Spy with My Little Eye…

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Have you ever played the "I Spy" game with your kiddos? My first grader loved it this summer and my 3-year-old easily picked it...

Don’t Poke the Bear

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Don't poke the bear. I recently said this to my 6-year-old and he didn't get it, so I had to explain that when a bear...

The Littlest Joys

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Today, as my girls ran out the door headed to their school's picture day, I breathed a sigh of relief. They were leaving happy,...