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Saving For College When Your Kids Are Little

My daughter turns — *gasp*– four years old this week. Gone are the days of that sweet little voice chirping, “ma-ma.” Now, she’s deftly picking out “cat,” “in,” and “hat”…

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Coping with Spouse Deployment

I’m a mom of two and my husband has been  on multiple deployments. Sometimes, as a military spouse, we tend to forget that our kids are feeling their dad’s absence…

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To Swaddle or Not to Swaddle

To Swaddle or Not To Swaddle Getting my son to sleep was one of my biggest concerns the first few months of his life. I needed sleep for our sanity,…

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Balancing Act

My four-year-old daughter has a balance bike—a bike with no pedals. She got it when she was two but her legs were so short she couldn’t touch the ground. At…

messed up birthday cake

The Poison of Perfectionism

I know you’ve had an experience similar to this: You’re frosting the cake for your child’s first birthday party (while cursing yourself for not going to the bakery instead). You painstakingly swirl…

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Tips to Find a Good Sleepaway Camp

Moms, do you know what time it is? Time to figure out what to do with the kids when summer rolls around! If you’re thinking of sending your child to…

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O The Joy of Letting Go

When my oldest child graduated from college and promptly moved to Japan to teach English, everyone assumed I would be devastated.  When my middle child moved into his first apartment…

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How Becoming a Mom Made Me a Better Teacher

Fellow moms… the school year is winding down and many of us are already thinking, “When do we get out for summer?” (You can bet teachers are thinking it too!)…

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Fight Club With Toddlers

How does anyone in her right mind referee three screaming children who all possess the willpower, and the strength, of the Hulk? This much is true: nobody, NOBODY comes between…