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Hockey Mom Tips: All you need to know from hockey moms who have been there

Hockey Mom Tips: All you need to know from hockey moms who have been there

When does hockey season end?  People ask me that a lot. Is it never?  I think it’s never.  Here we are in my son’s second season as a hockey player.  He is having SO. MUCH. FUN and is learning so much – new skills, faster and more precise skating, more rules of the game.  He even got his first penalty (and then his second, and third . . . ) And I’m still learning a lot, too.  Did you see…

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10 Easy Steps to Finding Snacks for Kids (snacks they’ll love!)

10 Easy Steps to Finding Snacks for Kids (snacks they’ll love!)

SNACKS!!!!!!!!!! As parents, we’re all quite familiar with them, constantly bombarded with requests for them, and constantly on a quest to find just the right snacks for kids that they will love and that we feel good about giving them. We go up to Expert Level Parenting when we actually find one that all the kids will like, which is a challenge in my house. My oldest son has never liked what are often considered the typical/easy every-kid-loves-these kind of…

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Be a Man: Must-have perspective for raising boys

Be a Man: Must-have perspective for raising boys

What’s it like raising boys? I get that question a lot as a mom to three of them. My answer varies from “it’s an adventure” to “high energy” to “I sit in pee” to “so much more wrestling than I expected,” and everything in between. It’s like nothing I ever could have imagined and everything all at once. I’ve been in the thick of Hot Wheels and Nerf wars for several years now, but my oldest son is now a…

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Resolutions? Intentions? My guidance to myself in the new year

Resolutions? Intentions? My guidance to myself in the new year

Are you a New Year’s Resolution person?  Sometimes I am. This year, I made a list of things I want to focus on – not necessarily resolutions that I’ll beat myself up over if I don’t stick to or live up to my own standards, but sort of a list of intentions, to make sure I don’t lose sight of what I’m thinking and hoping to be, at least right now. I share them here with you in case they…

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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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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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Fortnite: Friend or Foe

Fortnite: Friend or Foe

Fortnite addiction has been the subject of so much negative chatter recently, including the fact that it can land the player in video game rehab.  I’ve read articles (some serious!) and seen so many (often hilarious) social media posts and memes about the dreaded craze over Fortnite.  I was part of that dread for a while — I truly hate guns and violence and don’t want my kids participating in games that portray it.  And I of course don’t want…

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