Parenting

Why I’m Not a “Dirty Mom”

February 15, 2012
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Sometimes I miss the good old days: the days of chic, swank, jaunty, fashionable, smart, dressed-to-the-nines moms. Lately, I have seen a lot of Facebook updates, Twitter updates and blog posts from dirty moms. No, no, no, minds out of the gutter, people! Not that kind of dirty. There is a legion of moms out […]

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Abolishing Fat from Our Family

February 14, 2012
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When we found out that we were having a boy, one of my first feelings was relief. Not just because I don’t have to figure out how to french braid someone else’s hair or coordinate pinks and purples yet, but also because I’m not sure I’m ready to be a good body image role model […]

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Goodnight Music for Kids.

February 9, 2012
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We’re a music family, in fact, before my kids could figure out velcro shoes, they we making playlists on Spotify. And, bedtime tunes are no exception, and I am here to show you lullabies come in all shapes in sounds. From old standards to mainstream artists, kid’s songs aren’t just about puppets and sound effects […]

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How to Help Your Children with Divorce

February 7, 2012
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During this past year, I’ve learned so much about how to be a parent while divorcing. This information has been gleaned from extensive reading on this topic, personal experience, and drawing upon my training as a psychologist. Now, I completely recognize that not all parents are created equal. You may read this and think, “But […]

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How Gender-Neutral Are Your Toys?

January 23, 2012
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When my husband told me that Lego was about to release sets designed for girls, I may have squealed a little in delight at the thought of fun, pink pieces. Then I noticed the disapproval on his face. This is the same father who sincerely appreciates when our 3-year-old daughter gets a particularly girlie, pink […]

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Staring Down My Postpartum Demons

January 16, 2012
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Today marks my 37th week pregnant. In total, my body has been pregnant 157 weeks over the past seven years. But in just a few short weeks, this chapter of my life will officially be closed forever. The thought of never being pregnant again is bittersweet. On one hand, I don’t love pregnancy. I don’t […]

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The Truth About Child Modeling

January 13, 2012
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When we had our baby girl in 2008, we constantly heard from friends, family and strangers alike that she should be a child model. My husband and I nodded politely and thanked them for their compliments. We figured that every parent hears that at one time or another. Then when our daughter was about six […]

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Tough Love: Our (very capable) son is failing 8th grade!

January 10, 2012
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Dear Kel, I need your advice/opinion. So here we are with Trent in 8th grade and having the same issues. His teachers all say he’s a laid back kid and he will probably never die of a heart attack. Okay…great! Anyway, the kid will not do his assignments. I looked last night and he has […]

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How to Help a Friend Cope with Bed Rest

January 5, 2012
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I don’t try to hide the fact that I’ve had a rough road down infertility’s treacherous highway. I got lucky and became pregnant with my twin girls on my first IVF try. My pregnancy started off fairly easy. I almost never had morning sickness, and maybe threw up twice. I was comfortable with my growing belly […]

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Mommy, Am I Beautiful?

December 27, 2011
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Every morning, as I get my daughter dressed for school, she looks in the mirror and asks “I’m beautiful, right mommy?”  The first time she asked me this, I was taken aback. The truth is, I am taken aback each time she asks me this (which now happens to be daily). I wonder why she […]

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