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Every so often — when I am not leaping up to care for children –  I wake up, lie in bed, and wonder what kind of animal would have trampled me had I been born before the introduction of modern ophthalmology. Because someone like me with such a case of myopia (nearsightedness to me and [...]

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My Baby’s Birthday

Little Girl turns three this week. It’s so cliche to ask, but how did that happen? It seems like only yesterday that I was walking the halls of the maternity wing, willing her to move down and out into the world, and now she’s old enough to talk and sing and laugh. She’s even become [...]

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September 11: When to Tell Kids

This morning my husband woke me up on his way out the door. “I told Big Girl that she might hear some kids on the bus or at school talking about what happened with Bin Laden. I told her he was a very bad man that did very bad things and that he was dead [...]

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Last year Big Girl was at a private school. There was a girl. At the time I called her That Girl. She had a lot of problems, or so I was told. All I knew was that she was bossy and mean to my kid. She made her cry. She’d come off the bus, my [...]

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I just read a story about comments made by Kate O’Beirne, MSNBC talking head and editor of the conservative National Review. Ms. O’Beirne moderated a Republican strategy session (The 112th Congress and The New Promise of American Life: Less from Washington, More of Ourselves) at the Hudson Institute Friday. During the discussions, she said the [...]

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Stay Little, I Say

Every once in a while I will pull Big Girl on my lap and realize, as she spills out of it, how much she’s grown. I will invariably ask her to please stop growing — just for a little while. She laughs and tells me that she will try. After a beat she tells me, [...]

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Aww, Crap. (And Other Expletives)

One of the things I had to get used to when I started dating my husband was his family’s relaxed stance on profanity. My husband swore in front of his parents. They sometimes swore, too. Not just damn, either. The big ones. (Do I really have to list them?) Not all the time. Not every [...]

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I’ve been complaining about the quality of kids’ snacks for a while now. Many traditional manufacturers seem to put little if any thought into the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup. Preservatives. Artificial colors. Artificial flavors. Hydrogenated oils. The more unpronounceable the ingredient, the better. Case in point: traditional General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups. Check out the [...]

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I’ve had two babies and lived two very distinct lives during their first few years. My older daughter was born when my husband was working a full-time job. He was making a good living. At the time — as a freelance writer — I scaled back a bit. I still worked full-time but I did [...]

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Note to my readers: This is one of my most popular, most Tweeted, and most commented on posts. I thought I’d re-run it for those of you who didn’t read it, and for those of you who are new to my blog. The original post date was January 14. Over the Christmas holidays we went [...]

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