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negative body comments

Negative Body Comments: Things You Can’t Say In Front of My Daughter

My maternal grandmother lived with my mother, father, and me during most of my childhood. I remember her never being satisfied with her appearance and the stream of negative body comments she made about herself. She pointed out the sagging skin under her arms, her “ruined” stomach covered in stretch marks from carrying and giving […]

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: A Plea for Parent-Friendly Time Slots

Let me begin this post by saying I have the utmost respect for teachers. A few of my closest family friends teach elementary school for a living. For the most part, my kids’ teachers communicate well with me about any issues that arise and willingly adapt their teaching styles to meet my kids’ learning needs. […]

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Waking Kids Up on Weekdays: This is How We Do It

While my kids often wake up early on weekends to take advantage of their rare opportunity to watch television or play video games, allowing my husband and me to “sleep in” until 8 a.m., waking kids on weekdays presents a unique set of challenges for all of us. Without the allure of limited screen time […]

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injuries, fat lip

Mom Injuries from Your Burlington VT Moms Blog Writers

Let’s face it. Our children should come with warning labels. Beware: Kids are Dangerous. We’ve all suffered mom injuries, and I’m not even talking about the trauma of childbirth. Oh, no. I’m referring to the unforeseen mom injuries we sustain once our previously immobile infants morph into head-butting, landmine-leaving menaces. When we are pregnant with […]

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Deconstructing Toy Story and My Kids’ Perspectives on the Missing Dads

One Saturday morning following our weekly movie night, which featured the original Toy Story, I asked my kids for their perspectives on the more mysterious parts of the movie. The three Toy Story movies build on the premise that toys, in the absence of humans, come to life and have adventures of their own. The […]

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Rotating Holidays and Kidless Christmas Eves: Sad Side Effects of Divorce

As a little girl, I remained blissfully unaware of sad childhood realities like rotating holidays between divorced parents. I came from an intact family, and I didn’t get introduced to the concept of divorce until my aunt and uncle split up during my middle school years.  Growing up as an only child in Florida, I remember […]

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