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The Best Days

The Best Days

  The best days were when you were a newborn.  I just held you and snuggled you and breathed you in.  You slept and you cuddled and you nestled in my arms and all we needed was each other. The best days were when you were a baby, and I could watch you discover the world — emotions, fingers, colors, toys, feet, people, sounds, smells, characters, textures.  Everything was a wonder to you, and you were every bit of amazing…

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Can kindness be taught?

Can kindness be taught?

  Can kindness be taught?  I’m not sure, but I’m sure trying to find out. “Use your manners!” I call out with a sing-songy voice, checking the box on doing the right thing to raise my kids to be good human beings. But is that enough?  I don’t think so. Sometimes, no matter how great a role model I try to be – remembering my own “please” and “thank you,” my kids can be downright rude to each other, and…

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Back to School Shopping: Already, Again, and Always an Adventure

Back to School Shopping: Already, Again, and Always an Adventure

  OK, it’s August.  I get it – school where we live starts later this month.  But this year, as I’m bombarded with constant reminders of the impending first day of school (TV ads, in-store displays, radio ads, social media, and kids saying it’s not fair it starts so soon), I find myself wondering . . . do we really need to do any shopping? Sure, part of the rationale for not wanting to do it is because it’s summer! …

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All you need for the best family vacation

All you need for the best family vacation

Another summer, another family vacation.  We head to Cape Cod every year and stay at the same place, with the same friends.  It’s tradition.  And I love it.  The kids have been there enough times now that they feel comfortable and confident walking around the resort, and they get so excited at the thought of a beach and an outdoor pool and an indoor pool and a hot tub and mini golf and go-karts and arcade and ice cream. And…

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Hey, obnoxious youth sports parents: LISTEN UP and SIMMER DOWN

Hey, obnoxious youth sports parents: LISTEN UP and SIMMER DOWN

I’m not one to complain a lot.  But when my husband calls me from a kids’ hockey tournament and tells me about the competing team’s parents taunting my kid’s team (these are 8-10-year old players, by the way), shouting profanity, and being downright horrible role models, my blood boils.   So, here’s my uncharacteristic rant.  I’m hoping some perspective from good old ME can help change this dynamic, though I’m guessing those of you who read this and agree are already in…

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When “just a little bit of peanut sauce” teaches a lot

When “just a little bit of peanut sauce” teaches a lot

It’s OK to watch them breathe. To just sit there, watching their tiny chests move up and down.  To feel their breath on your hand.  To ask them repeatedly to say the words, “I’m OK, Mommy,” just so you can be sure. That’s what I did on the way to the hospital tonight. See, my littlest love has nut allergies.  He has an anaphylactic reaction to almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts.  To be safe, I keep him away from all nuts. …

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Double Digits Already? How I’m Making Moments Meaningful

Double Digits Already? How I’m Making Moments Meaningful

This article originally appeared on Her View From Home  with the title “You May Be Growing and Changing, but You’ll Always Be My Baby.” You know how people change, but deep down, really, they don’t? This is my eldest son when he was 4 years old . . . and now.   Those curls! He’s still got them. They’re just a little shorter now. Those blue eyes! Still there. Full of sneaky schemes with a sparkle of sweetness. That smile! It still lights…

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Whatever you do, DON’T SAY THIS to a Mother of Boys

Whatever you do, DON’T SAY THIS to a Mother of Boys

Whether you’re raising boys or girls, parenting is widely known as the most amazing, exhausting, trying, endearing, rewarding journey.  For some reason, it’s also a journey that people – random people in the grocery store or the post office – feel the need to comment on. Those people you’ve never met who touched your belly when you were pregnant and asked if you were having a boy or a girl . . . yes, them.  Those people don’t disappear when…

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Hockey Mom 101: 7 Must-Have Tips for the New Hockey Mom

Hockey Mom 101: 7 Must-Have Tips for the New Hockey Mom

It’s official:  I’m now a Sports Mom — a Hockey Mom, to be exact.  For may years, I was certain my boys weren’t going to get into sports (which was totally ok by me), but here I am.  E’s passion for hockey is awesome.  But I have a lot to learn!  For any other new Sports Moms out there, anyone gearing up for spring try-outs, anyone about to head out to watch a tournament — here are my tips so…

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Boymoms tell all: 10 universal truths you need to know about raising boys

Boymoms tell all: 10 universal truths you need to know about raising boys

Who needs “a lot of coffee and a good vacuum?”  Boymoms do!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you remember why I started this blog?  Because I’m a proud (and often flustered!) Mother of Boys (M.O.B.), and I know there’s a strong connection to be made with other M.O.B.s who share the adventure.  In 2018, M.O.B. Truths conducted a survey with Mothers of Boys, with the goal of digging deeper into our experiences and finding what is relatable, shareable, and helps strengthen our “village.”  Whether you…

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