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Your Kid’s Name Is WHAT?

by Andi When someone spells their child’s name in a way that guarantees NOBODY WILL EVER BE ABLE TO PRONOUNCE IT RIGHT, LIKE EVER. What Just Happened? Here’s the thing. There is already a list of names, known and usually pronounced correctly, that fit into the category of being spelled strangely for the pronunciation. Examples:…

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American Education: The College Prep Scam

by Andi What is school? I mean, what is the purpose of school? After some perspective from having lived a little, it just seems to be the place we send our kids because it’s what you do. I went to school. It was normal. I never questioned it. I have found that most Gen-Xers have…

Promoting Independent Kids

by Becky I hope both of my children will grow up to be assertive and independent adults. It would sadden me if, as adults, they turned out to be basement dwelling individuals who are unable to function in the real world. I’m trying to do my part as a parent to teach them the basic…

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No, I’m Not A Know-It-All

by Andi But I’m also not giving unsolicited advice. In other words: YOU ASKED. And Here’s How That Goes Down 1. I know the answer. I give it to you in as much detail as possible. I’ll even point you in the direction of the proof since I’m CLEARLY not credentialed and am known to give out…

Legacy

by Becky As I patiently sit in my deer stand, watching the woods fill with darkness, I am able to enjoy the quiet solitude of nature while finding peace, solace, understanding, meaning, and connection to myself. I am able to think more clearly and most if not all of my problems seem to find answers.…

Another Trip To Target

by Becky Sitting in the parking lot, studying the people coming and going through the doors of Target, it would seem that this store may be the equivalent to the casinos throughout Las Vegas. There are no clocks on the wall, no windows to let you see outside and I wouldn’t be surprised if they…

Note to Self: Don’t Get Jealous

by Becky Last week a friend posted on Facebook that she and her husband just purchased 10+ acres of land to build their dream home on and I am so jealous I can’t see straight. I can’t even talk about it without becoming grouchy. It’s petty, unbecoming and true. I’ve always desperately wanted to buy…

The Evolution Of The Resolution

by Andi It’s that time of year again. When we all enslave ourselves and each other to the pain in the ass known as the New Year’s Resolution. Every year a lot of us commit to this tradition in the same way most of us celebrate the most common traditions. According to Statistic Brain Research…

New Year – Same Me – Just Better!

by Becky I spent most of my childhood doing what I thought my parents and teachers wanted, and then I spent my adulthood doing “the right thing,” despite not really knowing what that accomplished for me personally or what the right thing was, anyway. I ignored the little voice saying maybe I should try something…

House Of Hairspray

by Becky Recently, I grabbed my step-sons iPhone and looked at the first few artists on his Spotify app, I came across Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Freddy Wap, Drake, and Savage. While only in their teens, both of my kids are obsessed with this genre of rap and hip-hop music. While they both can…

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The Playdate Generation

by Andi Playdate: a compound word consisting of play, and date. And they simply do not belong together…whoops, that’s not the definition. Playdate by definition:  a play session for small children arranged in advance by their parents. #gag Merriam-Webster says the word was first used in 1975, the year I was born, and yet, I don’t recall…

My Team

by Becky When I tell people that my boyfriend and I have a blended family, I wonder if they think my life is like a modern day reality show, like Survivor.  When I see a group of adults bickering over an immunity idol and dressed in bathing suits 24/7 sitting in front of a roaring fire…

#2 Parenting Does Not Come Naturally

by Andi Nor will it ever. What does that mean? It simply means that when you experience motherhood for the first time, there are some things that will likely not be really clear. Things that are obvious include the necessity of diapering, feeding, and clothing. Maybe you’re prepared to wake every few hours at night…

Quality vs Quantity

by Becky There’s something about approaching your 30-year high school reunion that makes you think about the past. Maybe it’s the realization that a decade of my life is soon being left or the idea that I am approaching the age where I am supposed to have it all figured out. Maybe it’s because when…

Jackpot

by Becky Lately, water coolers across America have been buzzing with activity about the Powerball. If I won the Powerball — “I’d pay off all my bills and buy houses @ the world” “I’d buy a yacht and sail to paradise” “I’d hire a chef, a chauffeur, and a personal trainer” “I’d donate some to…

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Why People Are Rude and Unkind

by Becky How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves. By nature, I am a happy, optimistic, idealistic person. I have always been one to look on the bright side and see the good in people (unless you treat me unjustly). My usual philosophy in life is that…

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ATTENTION: Parents Of The Bully …

by Andi It’s that time of year again. Back to school. Already. School supplies have probably been purchased. The first-day outfit is picked out. Classes are scheduled and orientations are starting. But has anyone addressed the elephant in the room?  Everyone has had experience with a bully. Even if not by direct association, we have…

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Dear Society: My Emotional Child Is Not Broken

by Andi It’s Saturday morning and we’ve just pulled into the parking lot; Nicole (14) and Joey (12) have archery class. Jamie (9) will wait with me. He has no interest in archery.   Nicole’s not feeling the best, runny nose, a bit of a headache. She decides she’s not going to participate today, says she…

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Raising a Child with a Disability

by Becky I never saw it coming. She wasn’t on the pediatrician’s radar. She didn’t “appear” any different just by looking at her. It’s absolutely called Pragmatic Language Syndrome and on the autism spectrum were the last words I expected to hear about my daughter. That day I sat on the front porch reading the…

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Befriending The Enemy

by Becky It’s the oldest phrase in the unofficial book of life: People come and go. Everyone has had his or her fair share of temporary lovers and friends. These people enter and exit our lives because they were only meant to be in them for specific amounts of time. But what about the ones who…

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What’s Your “Thing?”

by Kara How Do You Stay Connected With Your Child? I started reading the Harry Potter series in the fall of this year. Yes, I know I’m 42. I wanted to find an activity to do with my 10-year-old that would give us something to talk about. I asked her if I could read the…

Life is Short. What’s The Point?

by Andi What’s Important in Life? It’s all relative. Everyone has their own perspective. The only question here is, will the Future Old You agree with Present Day Young You? So many people spend an unbelievable amount of time waiting for something, all the time waiting, waiting, waiting. In the beginning of life, your mom…

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Who Farted?

by Kara Second Grade Boys. Who farted? Snips and snails and puppy dogs tails, that’s what little boys are made of. Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. My second grader’s new word, sound, bodily function, and favorite punch line to any joke is the word FART. I…

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To Mammogram or Not to Mammogram…

by Andi That is The Question At some point in your life, you may find yourself scheduling a mammogram. Maybe because someone told you, you need one. Maybe you remember the women in your family diligently mammogram-ing. Or maybe it’s because your 40. Maybe you were in for your yearly checkup and your doctor asked…

Potty Training: Easy

Potty Training Done Right: Easy

by Andi Like so many other things in life, you can google potty training and find pages and pages of advice. But unlike everything else in life: potty training is actually really simple. The internet has made it seem far more complicated and difficult than has to be. More than anything else, potty training complications…