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Every night I come upstairs and check on the girls. Sometimes, I go into Big Girl’s room first. Sometimes, I stop in Little Girl’s room first. Big Girl usually needs to be untangled from her bedding. I smooth her hair and give her a kiss. Little Girl usually needs to be covered up. Sometimes, I [...]

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We Got a Dog — How Did This Happen?

Last week my husband started sending me photos and links of adoptable dogs. He has been militantly anti-dog even in the face of…well, two cute faces. My girls have been begging for a dog for years. The little one, who is 3, is especially relentless. “Why can’t I have a doggie? I would love her [...]

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Long-time readers of this blog may be wondering why I’ve been posting less. Others may have a more direct question: Why have I been so quiet about myself? I guess it’s time to answer. My focus outward has been brewing for about six months or so, but it became more pressing about a month or [...]

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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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I’m Not a Hugger

Friends and adult family members will corroborate the above assertion. I’m not a huggy person. I’m not a touchy person. It sort of bothers me. I do hug my kids, though. As much and as often as they will let me. Little Girl makes it easy for me. She is the hugging-est kid I have [...]

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Something strange is happening this holiday season. People are saying it. You know, the phrase that’s sort of gone by the wayside: Merry Christmas. I noticed it earlier in the month, and it’s a trend that just hasn’t waned. The first sneaky salutation happened at A.C. Moore. Granted, I was buying ornaments for my Brownie [...]

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The View from My Window

It’s cold here in New York — too cold for a two-year-old who doesn’t like gloves or hats. This is why, every morning this month, I’ve sending Big Girl out to the bus stop by herself. Ever the helicopter parent, I park myself in front of the window so I can watch her obsessively until [...]

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Is Santa Real, She Asks

We’re driving home from a wonderful playdate. Big Girl is ensconced in the back seat. I’m asking her what she did for more than five hours. (The girls play so nicely together extended playdates are possible.) She tells me about how they put on a play and how they made gift bags for Santa, complete [...]

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Just a Little Change

This September, despite being the youngest in the class, Little Girl entered preschool without a care. She went right into the classroom — no sniffles, cries, or screams. She seemed to love it. Then, around the first of October, she started telling me she didn’t like school. She started crying when we pulled into the [...]

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Parenting and Soul Aches

Preface: We’re home and my little one is sleeping…but I wasn’t always this calm today… I put my little one down for a nap around 2 p.m. Ten minutes later I heard a loud thud come from her room. I knew before I opened the door what had happened. She jumped out of the crib. [...]

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