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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…

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…

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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…

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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; 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…

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…