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Pick your battles (and don’t choose these)

Pick your battles (and don’t choose these)

Pick your battles.  I’ve heard that phrase so many times, and while it has always made sense to me, its meaning is magnified now that I’m a mom of three boys.  Every minute in my M.O.B. house seems to teeter on the verge of rushing toward tenderness (awww, they’re cuddling) or destruction (do NOT throw those shoes at the window), and it’s hard to predict which way the moment is going to go.  With strong personalities like the ones in…

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Things Parents Say: 15 (More) Things I Never Knew I’d Say While Raising Boys

Things Parents Say: 15 (More) Things I Never Knew I’d Say While Raising Boys

Things parents say.  We rolled our eyes at our parents while we were growing up, and now we say some of the same things they said to us.    But we also say things we never could have predicted, never expected.  Especially if you’re a M.O.B., like me.  Here are 15 more* things I never knew I’d say as a parent (I still can’t believe I had to say some of these!):  *See 15 others from last year! THIS is how…

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Family Photo: 10 Tips for a Great Family Photo Shoot, plus a GIVEAWAY!

Family Photo: 10 Tips for a Great Family Photo Shoot, plus a GIVEAWAY!

Family photo:  It’s the time of year when when we practice our perfect smiles and get the kids new perfect outfits for a family photo, right?  Well, not in our case.  We try to do a professional family photo shoot every few years (for holiday cards, or to frame in the house, or to simply capture some moments of all of us together, without seeing me with a triple chin since most of our shots are family selfies taken by…

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8 Simple Ways to Ease Morning Chaos

8 Simple Ways to Ease Morning Chaos

Morning chaos:  In my house, it’s three sons, a husband, and a wife scrambling to get ready for work and school and out the door by 7:15am.  And then 7:16am arrives.  Most days, that’s when I breathe a sigh of relief.  I turn up the music like a triumphant victory song as I start my drive to work.  We did it . . .again.  We got all five of us out the door on time, with backpacks, lunches or snacks,…

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Stroller for Sale

Stroller for Sale

Stroller for Sale It’s so hard to believe my baby — my littlest love, my last baby — is turning 4.  Take a look back at this post from last year.  Here’s a not-so-well-kept secret — I still have that stroller, and he still likes to ride in it sometimes!  WIN for me!  Enjoy this blast from the past: The stroller.  A necessity for moms of young kids.  But one that lingers just a few years and then moves on,…

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Helicopter Parenting: How to Land Your Aircraft for Good

Helicopter Parenting: How to Land Your Aircraft for Good

“Helicopter parenting.  Don’t be a helicopter parent.”  Through the years, I’ve heard the phrase and the disdain that comes with it as other parents judge your completely “everything-must-be-perfect-for-my-baby” style of parenting.  But I didn’t quite know what it really entailed until recently. I was at a playdate with three good friends of mine, each of us with three children.  While the other moms hung out in the kitchen with their infants, chatting and snacking on the delicious veggie and dip…

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Snow Day Survival: 10 (non-destructive) Indoor Activities

Snow Day Survival: 10 (non-destructive) Indoor Activities

A snow day? If you’re anywhere in the Northeast US right now, then YES! Some snow days are perfect for going outside to make snowmen, go sledding, catch snowflakes on your tongue.  But if you’re having the kind of snow day with brutal wind and poor visibility keeping you and the kids indoors — in my case, three high energy boys who like to jump from one activity to the next quickly and leave a tornado of destruction in their…

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A day at the mall playscape

A day at the mall playscape

It was a rainy day with nothing to do (how often does that happen, right?).  My kids were going stir crazy, so I brought them to the mall to play in one of those play areas (which, admittedly, skeeve me out a bit when I think of all the picked noses and germs in there).  I always douse my kids in hand sanitizer after, but try to focus on their fun while we’re in there.  People are people — lots of…

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M.O.B. Confession: My sons aren’t sporty

M.O.B. Confession: My sons aren’t sporty

I have three sons, and they’re not particularly sporty.  And that’s OK.  There.  I said it. When I had just two sons, I often heard “Wow, you’re the perfect family of four – a golf foursome!” And when I had my third son, so many new comments flooded in, like “Wow, a soccer team!” Or, “Three boys?  You must be so busy with sports practices!” But I don’t have a soccer team.  I have three very silly, high energy, active…

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12 Simple Acts of Kindness

12 Simple Acts of Kindness

A little kindness goes a long way, I think.  I try to model it whenever I can — not just consciously, but because it’s how I’m wired to act — buying a hot cup of chicken soup for a homeless man, supporting a local family in a time of need, donating to charities, smiling at people in the grocery store . . .  But it doesn’t always seem to rub off on my kids.  Sure, they have their moments when…

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