The Sock Experiment

See this sock? It’s been in the middle of our upstairs hallway for about 48 hours now. It belongs to my 11-year-old. I don’t know where the other one is or how it got there. As I bent down to pick it up, I had a thought. If I DIDN’T pick it up, how long […]

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An Unexpected Gift

It’s 9:30pm and I just discreetly snapped this photo from my upstairs hallway. My three kids are downstairs, music blasting way too loud, laughing, and playing a game. And something occurred to me just now. It’s not often I get to spend hours doing a puzzle with my oldest child, who is normally off at […]

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The Year I Said “Yes”-a Parenting Experiment

“Mom, can I bake something?” my 8-year old daughter pleaded as she entered the kitchen. I sighed. I had just spent the past two hours grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up from dinner for our family of five. It had been a long day and I was tired. “Not right now, sweetie, I just finished […]

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Love At The Drugstore

I was waiting in a ridiculously long line at the drugstore yesterday, annoyed because I was in a rush and they weren’t calling any back-up cashiers. At the front of the line, I noticed a teenage couple hugging, holding hands, laughing, and basically gazing at each other adoringly. Watching them, I felt a twinge of […]

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Notes From A Substitute Teacher

Six years ago, I considered going back to school to get a certificate in elementary education. I thought teaching would be a pretty sweet gig, with summers off to spend with my kids. I got a job working as a substitute teacher in our district, with kids in grades K-8. Figured I should “test the […]

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