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Mom vs. Daughter

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She was 12 years old, and we were locked in a heated battle over something so unimportant, I don’t even recall the topic. But what is seared into my memory are the words that...

Social Media: When is the Right Time?

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The questions began around seventh grade. My 12-year-old sat across from me at the dinner table and asked, “When can I have Instagram?” With a darted glance from my husband, and 12-year-old eyes locked on...
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Dear Teachers

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Dear Teachers, In just a few short days your quiet, tranquil lives will be overhauled into a world of chatter, giggling, and little faces galore. Back-to-school time is right around the corner.  The time is drawing...
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Neighborhood Friendships: Past and Present

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It is 9:30 a.m. on a hot summer morning in July, and I am doing the same thing I did the day before this, and the day before that, actually every day since school...

Shiny New Car? Probably Not.

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Picture it and take a journey with me. The year is 1997. I am one week away from college and handed my first set of car keys. My car keys. To my car! What...

To the Father I Had. Then, Didn’t

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You left. You left, and you rarely came back. The end.  I could stop the story there, but the thing is, it doesn’t stop there. Nothing stopped there. I kept growing. Kept changing. Kept looking...

Hello, I Am a Lawnmower Parent

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Am I a terrible parent? A terrible person in general? Because I have decided, it is time to let my kids fail. Helicopter parent is defined as: A parent who takes an overprotective or excessive...

Dear Future Daughter-in-Law

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Dear Future Daughter-in-Law, This morning when I tiptoed into my son’s room to wake him for the day, I thought of you.  As my cheek brushed up against his fresh new haircut, tickling my face...
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Room at the Table

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How did I get here? I am not quite sure I belong. I have spent a majority of my life asking myself this very question, making this very statement. I look around and wonder how...
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Married to My Hero

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You only need to meet me for 5 minutes before you are likely to hear two things: I have met Taylor Swift (Let me know if you ever want to hear about it, I...
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Women: It’s Time To Rise

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There is something in the air. The crisp cool wind of change. Are you paying attention? Some may even ask, are you woke?  It is a start, but just as anything that is beginning,...

This is 40

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Gather around friends, let’s get real. Why didn’t someone warn me about the things that happen after turning 40? OK, OK, someone probably did. But when you are the midst of your youth and...
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Only Four More Summers

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In just a matter of a few days. I will be in the seventh layer of hell known as back to school. My family will sluggishly wake up and slowly go through the motions as...