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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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5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

My key for parenting in a scary world: Open the door.  Say “I love you.” Go. It was one of those weeks that make me realize what supermen and superwomen we truly are parenting in the scary world we live in today, and it inspired me to update this post from 2016 in hopes that it can be a good reminder for you — and me, too.  How are you getting by parenting in a scary world these days? My…

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What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day: (What if we stop “momming?!?!”)

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day: (What if we stop “momming?!?!”)

Mother’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, even long before I became a mother.  Probably because my mother is my everything and is worth celebrating every single day.  She’s my worrier and my biggest fan, my voice of reason even when I don’t agree with her, my soother, my funny friend, my model for kindness, the person who knows what I’m feeling before I realize I’m feeling it, the one who can communicate with me with just…

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A peek inside the new must-have book for tween boys

A peek inside the new must-have book for tween boys

Books for boys can be hard to choose.  In my house of boys, I have good readers skill-wise, but they don’t actually enjoy reading or choose it as an activity.  I’m always looking for books that will catch their attention and let them think positively about reading — like an adventure awaiting them when they open the cover and dive in. Enter Dave McGrail.  Back in my days of velcro sneakers and recess, I knew him as a nice, smart,…

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Patience. I’ll be right there.

Patience. I’ll be right there.

Sometimes, parenting three kids is so easy  (Wait, what?  Remind me that I said that).  Other days, I get dizzy from my head turning this way and that way answering “What?” “Yes!” “Hold on a second!” “Don’t do that.” “In a minute.” “I said IN A MINUTE.”  After yelling “I have only two eyes, but three kids to watch!” and “THERE IS ONLY ONE MOMMY HERE!!!!” today in absolute frustration, I figured it was a good time to post this…

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Screen time rules: How to occupy kids of different ages, no screens involved

Screen time rules: How to occupy kids of different ages, no screens involved

Screen time:  It’s like profanity in some houses, blasphemy in others.  Here, it’s a way of life.  It’s part of making it work as a working mom of three boys, trying to get through each day with some semblance of sanity. I remember the days when “let’s make a Hot Wheels car parade!” or “let’s jump in a pile of stuffed animals!” was the perfect suggestion to keep a young boy, a toddler and an infant occupied.  Little D would…

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10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids (and why it’s OK)

10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids (and why it’s OK)

Being a good mom, the way I judge it, actually includes doing many things I never thought I’d do. Things like yelling at my kid in public or letting them watch TV in the morning before school. And lying to them. Wait — there are lies parents tell?  Yep.  And don’t worry, I don’t make a habit of lying to them on purpose, but I have definitely noticed that when I’m pushed to my limits, the lies — or empty…

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