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I am not a big fan of Girl Scout cookies, although they are a little better this year. No more high fructose corn syrup or artificial colorings, but they still use palm oil. Anyway, last year I wrote about how, as a Girl Scout leader, I find this time of year very challenging. Yes, I [...]

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Needing Versus Wanting

I keep asking the kids what they want for Christmas. Since they don’t watch much TV — and the TV they do watch doesn’t have commercials — they haven’t given me much to work with. The big one wants a Lalaloopsy doll. The little one wants a purple Pillow Pet. We’ve taken care of both [...]

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Parent as a CEO

There are plenty of CEOs out there who also happen to be parents. I wonder which job they think is harder: being a parent or being an executive. I’d be willing to bet it’s most would say being a parent — hands down. As parents, we are in total control. There’s no executive board to [...]

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Yes, Kids CAN Be Too Happy

When my kid has issues, I am the first one to admit it: It’s probably my fault. Whether it’s due to genetics (we’ve got anxiety and depression on both family trees) or parenting skills, it’s still my fault or my husband’s. And now a story in The Atlantic Monthly confirms it. The story — How [...]

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Big Girl is not a wiggler. She gets a loose tooth and just leaves it alone. She doesn’t ask us to wiggle it, either. She just waits around until it falls out. That’s why Tooth Number One got swallowed with a bite of bagel as did Tooth Number 4. (And why she let me pull [...]

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The question is rhetorical, of course. I have friends who had their babies pierced at their three-month checkups. But it is something we’re dealing with right now, so I’m asking. We were on the way to my Mom’s house when Big Girl brought it up: “When can I get my ears pierced?” My husband and [...]

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My Girls Today

Two stories to write before I go to bed, but I wanted to blog about my girls. What I am truly loving about them right now. We’ve spent a lot of quality time together lately and I am blown away at how cute and sweet they are. Big Girl: How she laughs with her whole [...]

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Losing It or Why I am a Mean Mommy

Every day when Big Girl brings home her backpack I feel compelled to start my own betting pool. What will be missing? Will her glasses be left at school? Or at home so I have to make a trip to school and drop them off? Maybe it will be her green dot notebook. Could it [...]

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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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The notebook lay open on the counter. I didn’t recognize Big Girl’s scrawl so I picked it up for a closer look. There, on the page, was the following: “Bring it tomorrow and you said if you don’t I could punch you thank you good night.” WTF?!? I called Big Girl into the kitchen. What [...]

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