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Little Girl is 7. She loves dressing up and costumes so when it came time to plan for Halloween I expected her to ask for a store-bought option. She did, but when I nixed her choice (No, baby, I refuse to dress my beautiful little girl up as a dead cheerleader) and *she* nixed all [...]

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Watch What You Say

One of the old adages I’ve always believed is the one about little pitchers having big ears. Basically, that kids hear and understand a lot more than we give them credit for. However, I didn’t realize how much they hear and how long the things we stay get stuck in their brains until last night. [...]

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Picture Day Hair

Yesterday was picture day for Big Girl. Today Little Girl got her turn in front of the camera. Both girls donated their hair recently, so they have what I consider shorter hair. Little Girl had more to give so it’s sort of longish. It hits right below her shoulders. Big Girl’s curly locks bounce up [...]

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She Slept Out

  Long time readers of this blog know about my struggle with sleepovers. (I have blogged about it here.) Anyway, over the years my older daughter has hosted sleepovers, but we never took the next step and let her sleep at a friend’s house. She has been invited, and we’ve even come close. Once, she [...]

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Cartwheels were a problem. The kids in our Girl Scout troop could do them. The kids at the beach club did them. Random kids at the park did them. Big Girl, however, could not. This fact drove her nuts. It embarrassed her. She shied away from groups where cartwheels were being turned. About a year [...]

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Dog Fur Ankles and Big Thighs

I was face-down on the chiropractor’s table, cursing a pain that radiated up my neck and into my head. So annoying. I was hoping my Active Release Techniques treatment would knock it out as it usually did. My girls were with me, not my choice, but inevitable since my husband doesn’t get home until after [...]

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Big Girl popped out reading — or nearly so. She was reading picture books at 2 and chapter books by the time she turned four. She was a natural reader, and I augmented her talent with flashcards and classes and lots of mommy-and-me reading time. We praised her and lauded her accomplishments. A lot, I [...]

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This summer Big Girl had issues with two kids who live close to our house. One of the girls just couldn’t tolerate her. Whatever. Her loss. I’m okay with that now. The other one has made it her mission to try and get under my poor kid’s skin. On Friday, Big Girl came home with [...]

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When Kids Get Lost in a Crowd

I went to a church fair this weekend. It was the last night of the fair and a Saturday night, so it was fairly packed. At one point Big Girl walked over to a garbage can to throw away her food wrapper. She came back and said, “Mommy, there’s a little girl over there who [...]

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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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