I honestly can’t tell you how this happened. Some families seem destined for homeschooling. We are not one of those families. Some parents cite an inadequate learning environment or feel more equipped to give their children an education while others...
My fifth-grader is ready. I am ready, too. (I think.) I understand that this is the way time marches on throughout our lives. It seems like the marching band of life is right on my heels. How about you, Mama? A minute...
Yesterday, when my daughter came home from school, I was informed that her class would be watching a full-length movie. I had to renegotiate what this would mean for our evening. A full-length film is 1.5 hours, and we stick...
My friend, Marie, runs marathons. Did you hear me? MarathonS ... plural. More than one! She's even run the Boston. I find this impressive. I mean ... it IS impressive. But, given that I couldn't run a solid mile if...
The summer after 2nd grade, my family moved into the house in Houston where I remember most of my childhood. Two little boys lived two doors down - the sons of my 2nd grade teacher who were nearly lined...
From the time my high-spirited daughter was one year old, she was very clear in letting me know what she was passionate about - even from the back seat of our family van. She always had an eye peeled as...
Choosing a school is one of the most difficult decisions facing parents. Because there are so many opportunities in our community, it is a process that takes time and energy. We are fortunate to have tutors, private schools and...
As we were boarding our plane to leave Orlando earlier this week, a mom in line in front of me was lamenting to her husband about their Disney World vacation. "At least we got THAT out of the way,"...

Pacifier vs the Thumb

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Sadly, one of the things moms love to do is judge each other. I'm not sure why we do it, but my hunch says it has something to do with our own insecurities. (And of course, some women are...
I love children's books. Even before I had kids, I loved reading to my nieces and nephews and kept a mental list of all the books I would want to add to my child's collection one day. I always...

The Longest 27 Days

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when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so anticipating the lovely baby shower in my honor that i would attend the next day. when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so feeling...
I have a five hundred square foot organic vegetable garden and recently took up canning and preserving. I made 100% of my own baby food. I took a twelve week childbirth class taught by a certified doula. Together, my husband...
I went into this parenting thing with a teensy, weensy sense of over-confidence - I have younger siblings, I babysat, I've seen what other parents do right and most importantly, what I believed they were doing wrong (HA!) ......
Note: This post is the third in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for more from this series on Friday! Tomorrow, my oldest child begins kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN, people. Almost six years ago, I entered this scary world of...
Note: This post is the second in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for more from this series on Tuesday! Supplies have been purchased. Outfits have been laid out for the first day. Backpacks are stuffed and ready...

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Guide to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

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Over winter break I took my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for a fun staycation. We only stayed one night but packed in a...
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