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A Fashion Party Success!

The past Monday, Riley turned seven. It’s hard to believe how grown up she is. Last I shared with you, ...
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Strong, Smart, and Bold

As a single mom, co-owner of two businesses, full-time tech writer, CASA, sister, daughter, and friend, when I was given ...
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7th Birthday Preparation

As parents we suffer through many labors of love: parent participation classes, over-priced kid attractions like Jump-n-Joey’s or arcade games, ...
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Stand by Your Words

Your kids have been bad this past week, haven't they? Don't worry; all the kids were bad this past week ...
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Camping Is a Girl’s Best Friend

I don’t remember exactly how it started, but the camping bug bit me hard about two years ago. RV camping, to ...
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A Day at the Lake

"Mishka [devil dog] is putting her butt in Remy's [angel dog] face!" Story says in disgust. "Eh, sisters do that ...
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A Friendly Trip to Friendsville

This summer has been full of family vacations. First, we had our NHN family vacation to Northern Michigan, a trek that ...
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A Girl and Her Grandpa

I am very conscientious about raising Story to be an independent, compassionate, and self-confident woman -- and modeling that for ...
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An Unexpected Choice

Lesley is known for her brilliant ideas. She’s an ideas woman. Sometimes, I also have great ideas. Two weeks ago, ...
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Story’s New Love

Thanks to my mom, Story has developed a new love, bordering on obsession: horses. This past week, Story attended her ...
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Allowance Philosophies

To give allowance or not give allowance? It’s a tricky question and one I’ve thought about off and on since ...
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Fourth Annual NHN Vacation

This past week, Ali and I took the girls on our fourth annual NHN family vacation. I have to confess that ...
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Lesley’s Big Idea

This week Lesley had a great idea. If you have ever experienced Lesley’s great ideas, you understand my trepidation. Usually ...
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A Magical Photo Shoot

Over a year ago, Ali set up an NHN photo shoot. A broken arm, several rainy days, and other such ...
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The Gift of Gift-Giving

Despite what Lesley might tell you, I am not that great at giving gifts. What is the point of giving ...
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Bad Mood Mama

I had a wonderful weekend planned. Saturday, we were going to set up the pool and grill out. The sun ...
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On to 1st Grade

Today marks the last day of Riley’s kindergarten year. She and her classmates celebrated the ending of their first year ...
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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Back to Work I Go

I wish I could say I was cheerfully whistling my way to work each day, but that just isn't the ...
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Mother’s Day According to My Children

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Unlike most of the holidays on the calendar, including Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, and the ...
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Not Everything Needs to Be a Lesson

A week ago, I made a big parenting mistake. And to make it even worse, I didn't even realize it ...
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Dear Blankie Ball, It’s Over.

Dear Blankie Ball, It’s hard to believe that the last time I wrote you was three years ago. So many ...
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Happy Birthday to Me!

This past weekend, we celebrated my 41st birthday. I'd been reminding Ali for the entire past year that I wanted ...
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The Themes of the Year

We are only four months into the year, but already I am recognizing its theme – rules and unexpected visitors ...
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No, Really, I WANT to Be a Single Mom

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman raising a child must be in want of a husband ...
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Unexpected Visitors

Lesley has had a lot of experience with interacting with and hosting neighborhood kids. Her house is the place to ...
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Traditions: Lenten Pretzel Making

If you haven't gathered already, Ali is slightly obsessed with traditions. I'm happy to say this has rubbed off on ...
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Online Gaming Starts Earlier Than You Think

This past week, Riley spent her first spring break at Girls, Inc. They had a really cool itinerary filled with ...
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The Library: A Single Mom’s Best Friend

Story and I live about a half an hour out of town. While we are in love with our house, ...
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A Love of Reading

When Story was younger, not much younger though, I was obsessed with her learning to read. She loved books -- ...
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Love Was in the Air

Love was in the air this week. After all, it was the week of Valentine’s Day. For us, the activities ...
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5 Fun, Educational, and Safe Websites for Kids

It's that time of year -- too cold to play outside, too icy to go anywhere, and too long stuck ...
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A New Face

As Lesley mentioned last week, there is a new face in our household and a new member of the NHN ...
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Making Friends

Making friends is a necessary part of any human's life; we're social creatures and need that interaction. But it isn't ...
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Winter Weather and Calamity

As with any new year, this one started off with a lot of hope for a peaceful year full of ...
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Life Lessons from The Sims

This past week, Story has discovered The Sims, specifically The Sims Pets. As you may know, my daughter loves video ...
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Top 4 Reasons to Eat Dinner as a Family

Like many people's new year, mine is starting with a resolution, but, first, a confession. In 2017, I committed a ...
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A Mom’s New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year from Nurture Her Nature! We're excited to have this clean slate, and I am fully prepared to ...
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9 News Stories from 2017 That Inspire

This year had a lot of bad news, a lot of confusing news, and a lot of news that just ...
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Pets for Christmas Gifts

Christmas is the time for giving, and what could be a better gift than a PUPPY?! Or a kitten. Or ...
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Taking a Good Mom’s Advice

This week has been a busy one. Last Saturday, we ended the week with a beautiful light parade in a ...
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Play Before Sunday-Dos

Today is Sunday, and Sunday is getting-ready-for-the-upcoming-week day. For me, this means that all the laundry is done, meals are ...
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The Season of Traditions

The holidays have begun! While the weather has hovered around or over a balmy 50 degrees, there is no denying ...
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Womenfolk

A couple of weeks ago, my mom invited me and my sisters to a Christmas Stroll in a town two ...
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Just the Two of Us

In my short three years of parenting two daughters, I have been told several times by well-meaning advice-givers that I ...
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Tornado Warning

As I write this, in my little house in Indiana, I'm half-waiting for another tornado warning to sound off. Today, ...
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In Their Element

The past two months have been full of transitions. Riley started kindergarten and adjusted to all of the changes that ...
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The Phone Problem

Story has always been a social child who tried her best to make her own social calendar, inviting others to ...
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An RV Dream Come True

This week, we took a little break. Fall Break to be exact. Since Riley started kindergarten, it was our very ...
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How to Help Children Handle Grief from the Loss of a Loved One

By Alex Robbins How children handle the loss of a loved one depends on the child’s age and her relationship ...
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A Pokemon Birthday Party

My little girl is not so little any more. Today she is turning eight years old. While I absolutely hate ...
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Learning About Loss

The last few weeks, I have felt like I haven’t had a whole lot to report. The girls and I ...
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The First Sleepover

This past weekend, Story had her first sleepover. I know, crazy, right? She even said, "I am seven years old! ...
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‘Tis the Season for Birthdays

Even though September marks the ending of summer and beginning of fall, a transition I don’t handle well, it is ...
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9 Tips for Introducing Your Child to Your Puppy

By Anny Brown of Modernmom.good4y.com Can’t decide on how to introduce your kid and puppy to each other? This has always ...
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Puppy Snuggles!

I am a snuggle person. Just ask my poor mom, who had to endure my snuggles until I left for ...
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Never Mess with a Mother Bird

Kids are embarrassing. We all know that. They wreak havoc in grocery stores and tell strangers our secrets, but they ...
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A Little Girl and Her Dragon

Some little girls dream of princesses and knights and castles and unicorns. Not my little girl. My child dreams of ...
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6 Tricks to Get Sleepy Kids Out of Bed

Last Wednesday, Riley made the big transition to kindergarten. Truth be told, it was a big transition for everybody. With ...
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What the F**k Did You Say?

With the new school year have come new changes. Story is embarrassed to be seen in a dress -- "That's ...
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How to Help a Newborn Baby Sleep Well

By Josephine from babykis.com If you are taking care of a newborn baby, you know very well that the idiom “sleeping ...
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The Many Emotions of Starting Kindergarten

Parenting is never a steady thing. Babies change by the week, and though the changes are different as they reach ...
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Cooking Camp for Kids

If you are even a little bit familiar with me, you know I don't like to cook. I find it ...
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Saying Goodbye

This past week, the girls and I said goodbye to vacation and returned to the real world of work and ...
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NHN Tampa Family Vacation

Today, we cried and screamed like toddlers on the inside as we drove to the airport, leaving behind our lovely ...
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How to Babyproof Windows in Your Home Without Professional Help

By Barbara Davis of MomTrustedChoice. Photo credit: proofed.com You don’t learn how to babyproof windows in your home from anybody. This is ...
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Leaving on a Jet Plane for the High Seas

This coming Tuesday, the NHN family will be leaving on a jet plane. The packing list has been made and ...
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Celebrate Good … Character?

A lot is celebrated today -- fame, money, beauty, marriage, sports, I even celebrated a good hair day last week ...
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Have You Seen My Daughter?

Have you seen my daughter? She has blond hair, hazel eyes, and sports a mischievous smile. She runs, plays, and ...
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The Sleepover

This past week, Ali had to be out of town on business, and I had the pleasure of the girls' ...
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An Eager Graduate

Almost a month has gone by now since one of the biggest life events Riley has had -- preschool graduation ...
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Choosing a Great Summer Camp or Daycare: What to Look For

The places we send our children during the day--school, camp, daycare--require a certain measure of trust from all parents. You ...
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Summer Break Has New Meaning

On the very first day of summer vacation, the Little Shit struck again. We were at my parents’ house, and ...
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When the Lights Go Out

This past weekend we took our annual family vacation. Our destination was a cabin in Lake Cumberland State Park, Kentucky ...
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Unplug Yourself with a “Little House” Dinner

By Seisha Lock of Education.com Imagine if you didn't have a cell phone, a car, light bulbs, television, grocery stores, or ...
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The Impact of Childfree Families on Children’s Lives

Ali and I are both firm believers in "It takes a village." We're lucky in that we have supportive families ...
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Just a Little Dance with Dirt

When you think of Mother’s Day, it’s usually a scene of light, airy colors, flowers, and tasty brunch. It’s not ...
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Single Mom Diary: Top 5 Money Secrets To Remember

 By Lily Hayes of TheBabyLands.com Yes, we have all heard this: single moms tend to be poorer than married mommies out there ...
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Ode to a Recliner

I'm not always sentimental about things. I couldn't wait to get rid of Story's bassinet and baby clothes. Most of ...
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Re-defining a Word

To correctly classify an animal, there are seven layers of taxonomy that describe in full detail who they are. Humans, ...
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40 Is Fabulous!

Family is fabulous. Friends are fabulous. Fairy gardens are fabulous. So how could my fortieth birthday party be anything less ...
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What My Girls Are Bringing Home From Daycare

Choosing a daycare is an important decision. A lot goes into it. You have to be comfortable with the teachers, ...
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Six Tips for Sleeping Well During Pregnancy

By Regina of momdiscuss.com Many mothers expect to have sleepless nights after delivery, and so they are in most cases not prepared for ...
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The New Story

Sometime back, I mentioned that Story wanted to be and in her mind effectively became goth. Well, that experiment lasted ...
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Benefits of Positive Emotions During Pregnancy

By Kristi of intelligentmother.com For a woman, there are always a lot of things to worry about, especially when you ...
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Confidence and Your Daughter: Three Ideas for Building Confidence in Girls

I’ve been reading a book off and on for the last couple of months called The Confidence Code by Katty ...
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Don’t Freak if You Leak: 4 Tips to Deal with This Awkward Breastfeeding Situation

By Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best Few things on this planet are more embarrassing than realizing your nipples have ...
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I Still Love the Dog Despite …

So I may be cheating a bit in that this post isn’t about my kid. But you guys, I really ...
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Little White Lies

Parents, children, and lies are an age-old threesome. Parents might find untruthful ways to sneak candy or tell convenient white ...
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Vault Apps and Other Social Media Scares

I consider myself a pretty hip mom. Ali tells me that this belief in itself proves that I’m not. I ...
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The Real Family Photos and Why I Fake It

A small downfall of being a single mom is the lack of pictures of the kids that actually include you ...
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10 Invaluable Travel Tips for Single Moms

By Crystal from Make Your Baby Laugh Whether you're in the process of booking your baby's first plane flight, or ...
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Be Scared

I was driving along, listening to a fabulous book, completely absorbed in the story, minding my own business, and BAM! ...
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Ready for Kindergarten?

One of my favorite parts about buying a house was the open house listing that would come out every Sunday ...
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Gothschild

During a perfectly pleasant conversation, my daughter abruptly turned serious. "Mom, I need to tell you something." I can't tell ...
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Once a Quitter Always a Quitter?

Being a good parent means teaching our kids the fundamentals of how to succeed in the world, be a good ...
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5-Minute Get-Moving Activities

Story and I recently learned about sitting disease. Apparently sitting is the new smoking. (I won't get into the list ...
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At a Loss for Words

I had a lot of uncertainty when Riley was born. How would I know what she needed? How would I ...
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Locks of Love

If you know Story, you know that her hair is part of her identity -- fine, curly, wild, combed only ...
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Age-Appropriate Chores – A New Start to the New Year

The year 2016 has now come and gone, and we are well into the new year. The past year certainly ...
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7 Steps to a Less Stressful To-Do List

This holiday season, as with all holiday seasons before it, Santa was fast at work making his list and checking ...
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What Moms Really Want for Christmas

We are moms, so we are so proud of our children's artworks, glittered cards, construction-paper ornaments, decorated letters, and exuberant ...
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Top DIY Toy Ideas for Kids

By Nancy Shaw Your baby is actually taking off now, and as you chase the small one down the road, ...
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The Great Purge

I found myself this fall in need of a change. It wasn’t a need spurred by my volition but one ...
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Epiphany in a Clothing Store

I take pride in being comfortable in my own skin. The unfortunate neighbor who glances at my house when I ...
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Six Important Potty Training Lessons

I find potty training to be very similar to the lies that are spread about sleep training. When “teaching” your ...
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Food for Thought on Thanksgiving

As we enter this holiday week, our thoughts are mostly on food, traveling, the logistics of traveling with kids, family, ...
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You Are Valuable

When we become mothers, there is a switch in our brains that is triggered and can never be shut off ...
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Disney Jazz

This is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network, but the opinions are entirely my own. I grew ...
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Thankful for Weeds

Owen, a neighborhood kid and genius with plants, rang my doorbell. Cracking the door just a bit and holding the ...
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Six Things That Strike Fear in a Mother’s Heart

Moms are fearless. We brave the most terrifying diapers, navigate emotional ups and downs, and tackle napless days. Yes, it ...
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A Service Station Start to Family Fun

If you haven’t gone to a pumpkin patch this year, there’s still time. Do it! It’s great family fun. Ali ...
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The No Good, Very Bad, Terrible Week

When Riley was three, she was enthralled with the Bubble Guppies. It wasn’t the worst show out there. In fact, ...
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Year 6

My Story turned seven this weekend. We had a lovely get-together with family and friends who are considered family. No ...
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A Big Step Towards Independence

This week Riley took a big step. Just two weeks past her fifth birthday, she took a step into a ...
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It Takes a Village

This past weekend was spent in a cabin with my sisters, mother, and daughter. We had no Internet, no cell ...
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A World of Pure Imagination

We can’t give our children everything. It’s a hard pill to swallow since we as moms so desperately want to ...
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An Extraordinary Ordinary Life

As I sat down to write this, I realized I didn't have anything to say. Especially on this fifteenth anniversary ...
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You Want Your Birthday Party Where?

The experience begins with a human chute fashioned just like a chute would be on a cattle ranch. In fact, with ...
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The Biggest Trouble Comes in the Smallest Packages

I'm terribly sorry for having missed yesterday's post. I have the biggest excuse though: my daughter's brand-new-to-the-family, three-month-old, Chihuahua-mix puppy, ...
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This Will All Be Over Someday

Bad weeks have a funny way of creeping up on you. Sometimes you can see the culprit of the bad ...
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Nightmares and Night Terrors: Do You Know the Difference?

Story has been sick this past week, and when she is sick, she usually has nightmares. Perhaps it is her ...
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You’re Speaking My Language

Maddie is going through a phase. I’ve been referring to it by its’ very scientific name – “The Tough Dropoff ...
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Do the Clothes Make the Girl?

It’s about time for school to start again, and that means back-to-school shopping. I absolutely LOVE school supply shopping. The ...
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The Sounds of Silence

Loud silence. A contradiction of words that somehow seem to be the only accurate way to describe certain experiences of ...
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Every Kid Should Have a Backseat Childhood

As I sit here writing this, Story and Riley are best friends, eating noodles in the common room and watching a ...
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Wanted: Child Care That Isn’t Terrifying

My house has been filled with the laughter (and tantrums) of a child under two for the past four years. What ...
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Is Feral a Phase?

I love my daughter. I really do. With all my heart and soul. But sometimes . . . sometimes I ...
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Inevitably We All Become Our Parents

In life there are things that people tell us are going to happen. They tell us that when we’re older ...
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A Girl and Her Grandma

When Story was born, my mom and grandma came up to help me. I knew how lucky I was to ...
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Summer: The Certain Cure for Mom Funk

As much as I hate to admit it, I have found myself in a funk. This Monday, I woke up ...
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Open Letter to the Creator of Bunk Beds

Dear Ms. Bunk Bed Creator, I must admit that I had my doubts. When Ali got a bunk bed for ...
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Everyone Needs A Little Vacation Time

There are some distinct perks to being a single mom. Vacation planning is one of those. I don’t have much ...
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“You Don’t Have What It Takes”

In church this morning, the congregation celebrated the graduation of our seniors. Our caring and compassionate pastor stood up in ...
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The Tale of a Two-Year-Old and Her Grandpa

They say that a special thing happens when a man has a daughter. My dad had two. He would likely ...
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Two Minutes of Morning Mom

Following is a piece I submitted to Inkblot Editing's Two-Minute Challenge. Try it! It's great fun! Eyes roam the kitchen ...
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Childhood Summers

When Story started kindergarten, I did a happy dance --  primarily because I could say goodbye to the exorbitant daycare ...
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The Art of the Fight

I’ve written a lot about the girls and their exploration of the meaning of sisterhood. Their ups and downs are ...
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Story’s Stories

For those of you who know how I've suffered with Story's blatant lack of interest in learning to read, please ...
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Why My Tax Refund Will Go Directly to My HSA

It's that time of year again! The time to gather up your life's financials from the last year and hope ...
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I Would Walk 500 Miles

I'm 500 miles and two days away from my daughter. When I first traveled for work, leaving Story behind, I ...
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Did I Have a Second Child to Be a Companion for My First?

Recently, I found myself in conversation with a coworker about second children. Her sister is deciding whether or not to ...
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Let’s Talk About Tics

No, not those creepy little bloodsuckers that give you the shivers -- rather, let's talk about those shivers! Or twitches ...
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Let Them Do the Right Thing

You can’t teach your kids everything. It is one of those strange mom thoughts that you have to sometimes sit down ...
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A Vocabulary Lesson

If you’ve read any of my posts about Story, you know she’s a talker. Luckily for me, she has a ...
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A Mother’s Battle With Beauty

Beauty. A lighthearted word that should evoke feelings of peacefulness, harmony, and pleasing. Though well intentioned, the word misses its ...
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Your House on Your Time

Once upon a time, I was a woman who had it all together. I was queen of my life, and ...
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A Working Mom’s Fairy Tale

Do you remember the days of getting out of bed at 8 am and thinking it was early? Sleeping in ...
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On or Off: It’s Sister Love Either Way

By Kathy Cummins My granddaughters fight. They make each other cry. Still learning social skills at ages four and nearly two, ...
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Time After Time

Story and I are alike in a lot of ways, but we are at opposite extremes when it comes to ...
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To Each Her Own Bed

Each night after the children are all tucked into their beds, I pause for a moment to look at them ...
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Spotlight: Blooming on a Budget

In the land of motherhood, companions are hard to come by. Making friends is much more challenging than in previous ...
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The Effects of a Six-Year-Old on Self-Esteem

I've taken a few hits in my days, and in my younger years, I cared way too much about what ...
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I Want My Daughter to Be Barbie

Poor Barbie has a bad rap. Forever stuck in the gender inequality wars, she is never recognized for the good ...
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Awesome Apps for Moms

I love lists. I love folders. I love planners. These things make me feel successful in life. Unfortunately, they don't ...
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In Hopes of Alone Time

It's 5 am when the alarm clock rings. I grab my phone and stare at the alarm, hoping that the ...
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Home for the Holidays

It is so easy and wonderful to get caught up in the chaos of Christmas. So many presents to give, ...
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You’re Doing Okay, Mom

Each maternity leave, there was one commercial that would send me to tears instantly. The first time, it was a ...
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6 Ways My 6-Year-Old Is Like a 16-Year-Old

When she started kindergarten, Story declared herself grown up. That’s where it all began. She embraced her words and is ...
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I Was That Mom

Last year, I was that mom. You know, the one in a full panic because the toy of the season ...
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The Year We Had an Elf

by Elizabeth Stasny These days almost everyone with young children knows about The Elf on the Shelf, but in 2008 ...
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Tradition Versus Routine

I’m a routine kinda gal. Ask Ali. When I don’t have a good, solid routine in place, my world seems ...
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A Thank You to Mom Truths

In the season of thanks, I cannot think of anything that I am more thankful for than simply being a ...
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The Greatest Story Ever Told

When Story was eight months old, I began to write to her every night. It was my way of releasing ...
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The 8 Ways I’m Ruining My Kids

My number-one goal as a parent is to raise successful, independent adults (see When Doing Your Job Breaks Your Heart) ...
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Pixie Dust Knowledge for the Win!

Family, friends, colleagues, strangers stuck with me in the elevator—STORY IS INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO READ! You’ve no idea how ...
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When Doing Your Job Breaks Your Heart

by Elizabeth Stasny Later this morning, I have to take Rebecca to move into her dorm room. The car is ...
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Home Is Where Our Story Begins

This Thursday marks the second anniversary of our moving into our home. Our house-versary. Each year, I celebrate. Not a ...
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5 Ways to Encourage Conversation at the Dinner Table

Story is a chatterbox. She talks before she's out of bed. She talks as she's getting ready for school. She ...
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Let It Go?

A week or so ago we were experiencing a pretty great day. The weather let up from a cold spell, ...
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Writer vs Subject: Mental Health vs Scarred for Life

By Kathy Cummins I write this on the birthday of Bob Newhart, who said, "Laughter gives us distance. It allows ...
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Children at Funerals: Appropriate?

Should children attend visitations and funerals? I’m sure I asked this question at some point, especially considering there have been ...
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A Mother’s Day Off

Monday began like any other day. I woke up early, took care of the dog, worked, cleaned just enough to ...
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Mothering Multiples

By Sarah from Sarah in the Suburbs Being a mother of multiples has thrust me into a unique situation. I ...
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Five Badges of BadAssery

Looking at me, badass isn’t a word that would immediately come to mind. Even knowing me, you still likely wouldn’t ...
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The Dark Age

I wonder what it was like right before the Dark Ages. I wonder if the people knew what was coming, ...
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Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday that pays tribute to the American worker, and rightly so, for without the labor movement, ...
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That’s a Bad Smell

The seasons are changing. I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer, but I can't help but enjoy the fall ...
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Once Upon a Time a Book Was Born

Once upon a time, a little girl had a dream of being a writer—not just any writer, a children’s book ...
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Dear Blanket, It’s not me. It’s you.

Dear Blanket, You first appeared in my life 8 months ago. I left town and you moved in. No notice ...
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5 Ways We Should Be More Like Preschoolers

Sunday school began yesterday. I teach the preschoolers. I was eager but nervous to begin the year. I love the ...
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A Day of Service

This year, our company gave each employee a day of service, which means that we can each use one work day ...
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One Week Left

One week. That’s all we have left. Story will be leaving preschool and I will be leaving my full-time job ...
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The Best Gift I’ll Ever Give Them

During our family reunion this summer, the aunts asked me how Riley likes being a sister. I enthusiastically replied, “Great! ...
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Get Off My Lawn!

Now that Story is five, she is expanding her social circles. On the day I stood in mute horror as ...
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Parental Apologies

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker invited me, or really Riley, to have a playdate with his daughter. He ...
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Devil Dogs

Hi, folks. This week I’m going to tell you a heartbreaking tale of how two best friends will forever (for ...
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We arrived.

We arrived. And as I suspected might happen, I did not arrive the same person I was when I left ...
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5 Tips for Good Parenting

Following are a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way. You aren’t likely to find these in any ...
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It’s Not About the Destination

I love my planner. With work and family, I have multiple things going on and need a place to get ...
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I Can Fly!

I heard a story this week about a young man who makes unusual life choices, such as becoming a monk, ...
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Play Hard, Work Less

It has happened. I knew that it would. My once stationary, sweet little baby has transitioned to a very mobile ...
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Preschool Graduation

It’s been an emotional week for Ali and me. Maddie turned one, and we had to say goodbye to “baby.” ...
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On Your First Birthday

You, my baby, are turning one this week. The cake is made, the decorations bought. Yes, the celebration is on. For ...
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Sisters

Story is an only child and lucky to be so. All my extra energies (and income) go to her. Every ...
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Two Tickets to the Train

I had two tickets to the train at the Indianapolis Zoo. The year prior, I took Riley to the zoo as ...
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All the World’s a Stage

Story has chips in her two front teeth. They were made by a coffin. (Ahem, before I get hate mail, ...
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The Old, the New, and the Digital Native

Easter was busy as usual this year. As a child, I eagerly awaited the hunt for my hidden Easter basket ...
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Safety and the Single Mom

I’m a bit of an anxious person by nature. After my mom left, and I was alone with a newborn, ...
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Born to Swim

We had our first glimpses of spring this past week. Sixty degree weather and SUN! Each year, I am amazed by ...
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How to Train Your Dinosaur

For the past two years, Story has woken up as a different animal every day. Each morning, I must drape ...
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Mom Brain

Having children is a strange and mysterious thing. The sheer number of parenting resources in print and on the Internet points ...
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Snow Days Can Be the Best Days

If you read my “Nurturing Your Space” article, you know that I had a bit of an episode of temporary ...
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Thank Goodness for Online Shopping

There are certain places that mothers avoid. When you are outnumbered, a trip to the grocery store can be as ...
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Mom Friends

“Mom, the baby likes it when I spit on her!” I could do little but inwardly sigh. We were on ...
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Maddie

Being a Virgo, I have a tendency to be a tad stubborn. It's hard for me to redirect an ambition ...
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Story

I get some pretty interesting looks when I introduce my daughter. “Dory?” they say, trying to force a name that ...
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Riley

 When I found out that I was having a girl, I had a very clear image in my mind of who ...
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