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Ah, Ballerina! and Other Sweet Dreams
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Ah, Ballerina! and Other Sweet Dreams

Is it weird to look at every impromptu, aimless leg extension that my daughter executes a potential future in ballet? That the incessant pointing of her little forefinger is an indicator of keeping time while soon tap dancing? That her rhythm, steadily flaring every day, will point to a love…

August 8, 2017
Family Reunion Behavior
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Family Reunion Behavior

After this past weekend’s third annual family reunion in Illinois, I am of the precise truth that my children are even more nuts than I initially thought…and my certainty that I’m okay with this, even encourage it, is reassuring. On the paternal side is a…

July 19, 2017
Mommy's Travel Confessional
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Mommy’s Travel Confessional

From our home in Georgia to my parent’s home in Virginia lies 572 miles of pretty lakes and weird construction and leagues of expressway, not to mention the largest fireworks emporium in history looming just off I-85. Between here and my husband’s family in Illinois…

June 20, 2017
She Made Stag Look Cool
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She Made Stag Look Cool

The hubs and I survived our toddler boy’s fourth birthday party. We made all the sensible moves in our favor: hosted the party in his daycare classroom on a weekday after naptime, as to have peak excitement and not to have to sanitize our…

June 9, 2017
Times of Tantrum
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Times of Tantrum

As my toddler boy approaches his fourth birthday and subsequent induction into the age group known as “preschoolers,” I reflect on what his third year of life has taught me as a mommy. I am a woman of personal growth, one who welcomes the…

June 6, 2017
My Kids Have No Class
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My Kids Have No Class

On Mother’s Day weekend, we packed up the tots and made a highway excursion towards southern Illinois to attend my niece’s commencement ceremony. The road trip with Jrue and Jai wasn’t particularly eventful the six hours going or the six returning, but this instance was one…

May 16, 2017
4 Ways Having a Threenager is Like a First Date
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4 Ways Having a Threenager is Like a First Date

A “threenager” is a noun I endorse for a 3-year-old who displays the classic performance symptoms seen in teenagers: Screaming. Talking back. Smacking the lips in tantrum. Stubbornness. Resorting to immaturity. Complete befuddlement when in trouble. It’s one of those definitively stressful parenting periods. Mommy writer…

April 28, 2017
Cooking and Eating With Jai
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Cooking and Eating with Jai

Cooking shows have become enormously popular in our modern era, thanks, in part, to our addiction to “live” reality shows and, in full, to our citizens’ overall giant intake of expensive and often wasteful foodstuffs. It is now not odd to find several channels’ worth…

April 25, 2017
Hot Dogs and Tater Tots
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Hot Dogs and Tater Tots

A major task in parenting is in ensuring that the children eat every day. This is an undertaking much easier said than done, not because of the shortage of food options for children, but because those options can be met with some level of resistance. I often…

April 16, 2017
4 People My Daughter Hates
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4 People My Daughter Hates

My girl tot sports the personality of a 3-year-old: pushy in her immediate wants, nonchalant of important needs, flighty in her quest for independence, adventuresome and supercurious. It’s been a few months of our noticing her official nature egress, but I have always sensed…

April 7, 2017