Name

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:…

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…

#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…

bully

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…

emotional child

Dear Society: My Emotional Child Is Not Broken

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

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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…