Second Grade

Second grade

Kindergarten is tearful goodbyes and seemingly long bus rides. It’s show & tell and counting songs and tadpoles in the classroom. It’s rule learning and friend making. It’s growing potatoes and snap peas and releasing the frogs. It’s graduation and tight mommy hugs and just a little bit of growing up. First grade is confidence […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

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I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]

My husband really can cook (and other ways I’m teaching my son about fire prevention)

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In my role as a working mother, I wear many hats. (And notice I didn’t say work outside the home, work at home, stay at home or any other qualifier). But since I left the corporate world five years ago, happily watching the dust fly as I took off down the road, I knew the freelance life […]

Chocolate-Covered Wishes for Cough and Cold Season

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Do you often find yourself sounding like the parent who talks about olden times? I once told a kid at the bus stop (not mine – he doesn’t believe these stories anymore) that I had to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways. Wait a minute, he said. That’s not possible! Oh yes, these […]

The Bedtime Battle in the Bathroom

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I taught my child the importance of oral health care with LISTERINE® SMARTRINSE, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #besweetsmart Maybe it’s just a boy thing but I don’t think it is. I’ve talked to other moms who struggle the way that I do. Kids seem to think the bathroom is the enemy. […]

What to do about that Ray Rice football jersey

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A rather expensive football jersey hangs in my son’s closet emblazoned with number 27 and the name RICE on the back. Admittedly, I didn’t know who Ray Rice was when I bought the jersey. I just knew that every Friday, in our suburban town just outside of Baltimore, everyone wears purple in support of the […]

Explaining Depression to My Family

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If there was ever a diagnosis for non-specific symptoms, I could certainly be a case study. In fact, I recently made an appointment with a doctor to go over some of my ailments. The woman making the appointment asked me what I needed to see the doctor for. It would be so much easier if […]

The Best Lunch to Pack for Your Kids

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I love the idea of bento box lunches. In fact, I think you could put anything in that bento box and I would eat for lunch. Because who doesn’t love cute, compartmentalized food? But if I’m being honest with myself (and with you), I’m never going to be that Pinterest-inspired mom who packs a quinoa salad, […]

Ever Consider Renting Your LEGO Sets?

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If you’re like me, you couldn’t wait until your precious newborn baby was old enough to… sleep through the night take his first steps say “I love you, Mommy” finally show an interest in LEGO. We bought Evan plenty of DUPLO sets that sadly went mostly untouched, by Evan, that is. I definitely put those sets together. […]

The Fish Who Shall Not Be Named

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Pets help make our house a home. A hairier and sometimes smellier version of home, but home nonetheless. We had tons of pets growing up. At one point, I think we had four cats and three dogs (although it may have been more). As a result, I never thought twice about sharing my space with […]

Why Every Parent Should Volunteer At School

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I’ve had a few defining moments at the mother of a school-aged child. Some of them are more typical, like crying as I pulled away from preschool when I dropped my four year old son off for the first time. It was only a two hour separation but it felt like I was sending him […]