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Getting Through a Toddler Rough Patch

This morning I was woken up at exactly 6:23 by my three-and-a-half-year-old daughter whisper-shouting “I need my bottom wiped!”  A month ago I would have found this slightly endearing, as only a mother could; I would have laughed, followed her into the bathroom, and dutifully wiped her bottom. But this morning was different. This morning […]

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MID-SUMMER STRUGGLES

Mid-Summer Struggles: When all of your good ideas are at the bottom of the pool

Remember in May? When you happily waved goodbye to your children and trotted off to work, or to the gym, or to Target, where you could peruse the aisles, child-free? And you thought to yourself: “I can’t wait until summer gets here, I’m going to take them to the pool, and we’re going to make […]

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Costume Fears and Toddler Tears

My toddler is cute. At least I think so. But do you know what else he is? Scared… no, TERRIFIED… of costumes. Also mascots. And face paint. And the Easter Bunny. And (obviously) Santa. And sometimes even Daddy’s shaving cream. In all honesty, I’m not overly concerned with this little phobia of his. Why? Well, […]

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Raising Kids with Good Taste

Possible unpopular opinion alert: entertainment for kids today – music, movies, even some books – well, it’s terrible. A little. Right? I mean sure – good, new stuff does exist. I have no objection to that. But I do take objection with the some of the stuff that typically becomes overly popular among youths. Things like… all the music […]

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B Session: Parenting Tasks I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anymore, Part II

In late 2015, I wrote about all of the parenting tasks I didn’t feel like doing anymore. Well it’s been 18 months or so, and guess what, I don’t have to do some of them anymore! Isn’t that the magic of childhood? Of parenthood really? Kids grow up, and suddenly they can be trusted to eat […]

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