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Six Tips for Visiting a National Park with Your Kids

  Question: What could be more relaxing than visiting a National Park while camping with your kids? Answer: Anything. Anything would be more relaxing than visiting a National Park with your kids AND the more than 305 million other people also visiting national parks. Just look around your house right now. You probably have beds […]

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photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/26542961@N07/4316941453">The Henry Ford Museum Photowalk 01-30-10</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">(license)</a>

Legacy Making Parenting

When my older daughter turned 9 this year, halfway to legal adulthood, I started thinking about what it was I wanted  to accomplish in my “second term” as her mother. While I recognize that I’m not the commander-in-chief of the free world, I still think I too can have a legacy. I want my work […]

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Is she faking it?

Sleep and Lies

I’ll start with a confession: when my daughter was a baby, I faked it. Every night, often multiple times, I faked it and my husband never suspected a thing. No, I wasn’t faking that. Every night? Multiple times a night? With a baby in the house? Ha! No, I faked being asleep. The truth is, […]

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Multitasking My Life Away

A week or so ago, I found myself multitasking away… Making a dish for a potluck, while helping my daughter happily put together a book collecting her most recent artwork, while on the phone listening to the details of a new job I was taking, while switching laundry from the washer to the dryer. AND […]

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Not Pictured

This was the picture I posted on Facebook a few weeks ago. In it, you can see my kiddos playing in the sun of the 50 degree January day (seriously) on their new-to-them skateboards. Just after this photo was taken, the girls were joined by our neighbor, and the three kids spent an hour shrieking […]

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Talking to Myself

The other morning, I woke up early. That really annoying early… 45 minutes before the alarm goes off. You’re really not ready to make a go of things, especially on a cold winter morning, but by the time you get back to sleep, you’re just going to have to get up. So I lay in […]

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