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This Monday I was hit with food poisoning. It was horrible, painful and exhausting. The vomiting was the uncontrollable kind. The kind that makes you whimper the word, “help,” in between bouts. I locked myself in the bedroom as soon as I started feeling ill, claiming the master bathroom as my own. At some point [...]

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“Did she wear her helmet?” It was the first question I asked when my husband and youngest came into the house. “Yes,” he explained grimly. “She was the only kid at the birthday wearing one, but she wore it.” He walked past me shaking his head. My little one danced around me, chattering about the [...]

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Ahh, technology. I have covered the topic of kids and television (and in recent years screens) many times. You can read some of that work here and here. My stance mirrors that of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — less screen time, more play time –  so I wasn’t surprised when they came out [...]

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This week Big Girl started taking finals. She goes in for two hours and comes home. Yesterday, she was home by 10:30. I had planned to work in the morning and take off midday to do something fun with her. We decided to go for a walk in the preserve. Lazily chatting and ambling along, [...]

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We all have issues and shortcomings. I have many. I have blogged about them in the past. One of the issues I have been focused on lately is actually weird, especially given what I do for a living. I am extremely sensitive and take criticism too personally. It took me a while to admit it, [...]

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While I have lost a lot over the course of my concussion recovery — money, time with my kids, memories, a feeling of safety, 15 pounds — one of the things I mourn the most is friendship. When you are ill with a chronic issue (and in my case that would be chronic, daily vestibular [...]

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My sweet Little Girl had a bad nightmare on Friday night. Bad. Screaming and crying bad. She cried so much I let her come sleep in my bed. She was still upset about it on Saturday, but was so exhausted at bedtime she fell right to sleep. Still, it haunted her even on Sunday. So [...]

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Asking for Help

“Hey, guys! Can one of you help me find my way back to the house?” We were sitting in the children’s room of a local library waiting for Big Girl to finish a program. Little Girl was sitting at a newly-installed pod of iPads playing Minecraft. She didn’t know the four other boys who were [...]

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Only a few years ago Big Girl was driving me nuts by chewing her clothing. Whenever she was nervous — and she was nervous a lot — or distracted by a good book she chewed the neck or sleeves of her shirt. Back then I was obsessed with Gymboree clothing and the cute little outfits [...]

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A long, long time ago a little girl was playing with another little girl. One who was not always nice to her. The first little girl was wearing her brand new Mickey Mouse watch. It was a prized possession. One of her aunts bought it for her as a gift. During the game, the second [...]

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