Category Archives: Parenting

You are like the working class Martha Stewart!

We hosted an intimate holiday gathering at our new home over the holidays. As is our custom, our famous thankfulness chain adorned one wall. This year the chain had a mate, a handsome new chain festooned with a turkey family … Continue reading

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Just Bend

When platitudes of perseverance fill me with seething rage instead of the urge to sew a throw pillow I know I need to take a walk. I bristle at the slightest whisper of empathy lately, when what I really want … Continue reading

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Dejection

Twinkle cried this morning and threatened to “wake up early, get dressed by herself, make her own breakfast and pack her lunch tomorrow” before I wake up because I told her that I didn’t have time to cut the edges … Continue reading

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Resolution Update- January

Resolutions of addition are my thing. Last year I added running without guilt, reading for pleasure, dates with my husband and theme parties to my life and it was glorious. I took back some of what I felt the first … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we give the kids a gift from us parents as a way to help them feel OK about the whole naughty and nice list pressure cooker. Our kids should know that their names are etched in gold … Continue reading

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Generous

It started the winter when the kids were 1.5 and 3.5 years old. I was working at a homeless service organization that worked with families. I met a woman, twelve years younger than me, with a son the exact age … Continue reading

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Gifting

When Ninja sticks his tongue out while affixing one last set of sequins to a handmade ornament made special for his great grandma I see the power of replacing purchasing power with kindness. Every year the kids and I make a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2010 Repost

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday. I wanted to share an awesome story about today, but realized it would make no sense unless you knew why I love this holiday so much. To paint that picture here is a post I … Continue reading

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Green Bean Girl

Twinkle is getting bullied at school. Someone decided she was a “weirdo” because she chose green beans instead of French fries with her hot lunch. For the last several school days the bully has coerced everyone else in her class … Continue reading

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Why I Fear First Grade

From my first day of preschool when I wore a plaid jumper with a delightful Scottie-dog emblazoned on the bib to my last day of being an undergraduate, I loved school. I love the way pink erasers smell fresh out … Continue reading

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