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I love them differently.

This picture: My girl. My littlest. My sidekick. Stinker. Manipulator. Lover. A light. I love ALL my kids. To the fullest. I (like many) recently read a post by a mom who said she doesn’t love her one child as much as she loves her other. Or something of the sort. I don’t agree. I […]

My Girl

From this… to this… My. Girl. 6 years old. I am dumbfounded. My baby is 6. No more preschool. No more diaper bags. No more teething toys… But you are still waiting for that first tooth to fall out. You are SO full of life. So creative. So driven. So carefree… yet opinionated. “Lucy” means […]

Flashback to 2005…

If you know me, you know I love to dance. If you DON’T know me, then know this – I LOVE TO DANCE. See? LOVE. So. Naturally. My spawn, has a particular knack for dancing as well. The following video was pulled from the archives. I was motivated by conversation over here to dig it […]

Overheard: Surviving the Substitute

There is a certain substitute at my kids’ school that… shall we say… has not found favor in the eyes of my children. {photo cred} On the way home from school today the oldest (11) said, “I don’t think I’ll survive if I have Ms. So-and-So again.” His 8 year old sister offered him comfort, […]

Joy Unexpected: The Chore Chart

Chores. The biggest not-fun word of all. For years I have wanted to make the uber-awesome-crafty-yet-practical-and-oh-so-creative chore chart for me my children. The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. Hitherhencetofore… no chore chart. So. The week before I headed to Blissdom… I. Had. HAD. It. Like I had never had it before. Despite […]

"It was fun believing."

My 11 year-old son doesn’t believe in Santa anymore. He figured it out about a year ago two years ago… more, probably. I don’t really want to know… *maternal weeping* The same with the Tooth Fairy… Now when he looses a tooth he hands it over and says, “You owe me.” We laaaaaaaauuuuuuugh….. Recently Joel […]

Have you had "The Talk" with your kids?

About money. My kids are 5, 8 and 11. My older two are at an age where money is becoming a daily part of our family conversations. Even with the 5 year old. Though she wants little plastic ponies… the other 2 want phones and such. But it’s not about HOW MUCH things cost… it’s […]

Kids and Social Networks

Do you have thoughts on this topic? I do. I wrote about it here not long ago, and today my video piece is live at iVillage! [Click here or on image below to view] If you have a few minutes, please check it out. I was privileged to have several willing victims friends share their […]

Soapbox Alert: Kids on Facebook

Did you just flinch? I do when I think about young kids on the FB. At the risk of taking an unpopular stand… I say if a person is under 14, they should not be on Facebook… or MySpace… or Twitter… or… *insert your choice social network here* COPPA says so too… fyi… My reasoning: […]

Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say that your the best Mom in the hole wid(e) world! I would Never want enny other mom like you! So I’m giving you something! Love, Olivia “I never want any other mom like you…” And that something she gave me? The note. ***P.S. Have you voted? I am currently at […]