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Is The Deck Stacked Against Your Child?


As a parent, do you worry that the desk is “stacked” against your child?  Maybe because of physical, mental, or even spiritual obstacles that seem daunting?  After all, most of us want to give our children every possible advantage.  Continue reading →

Why I’m Not Blogging About Talking To My Preteen Son About Sex


I was eating sushi with my 5th grade on Saturday night and I said to him, “Wow.  I’m really proud of you for eating sushi.  I just might blog about this!”

His response?

“Mom, does every detail of my life have to be in a blog?” Continue reading →

Don’t Let Holiday Stress Make You Crazy!

Holiday stress can push us over the edge.  Do you ever have those moments when you know you’re in over your head?  When you just can’t breathe?

I push it to the limit every year.  Why should this year be any different?

I allocated exactly two hours to make homemade pasta for Christmas Eve Dinner.  One hour to make the pasta, 30 minutes for set up and clean up, and 30 minutes for “helpers” (aka my darling children) to slow me down.

What could go wrong?

Thirty minutes in, the attachment to the pasta machine cracks.  And we haven’t even finished our first batch.

 NO! This isn’t supposed to happen.  I don’t have a back-up plan.

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There’s Just Something About A Boy

Mothers of boys, what are the moments you treasure most?  Do you ever wish you could stop time and keep your son little forever?

You can’t.

But you can treasure each moment.

  • I wept when my son was born.
  • I cried (hard!) at his first haircut.
  • I trembled with fear his first day of kindergarten.
  • I cheered with pride when he slid into home plate.
  • No, I’m not yet ready for a teenager.
  • Don’t even talk to me about his first date!

Each stage comes with its own hopes, dreams, and fears.  And each stage is beautifully remembered and illustrated in There’s Just Something About A Boy, by Jenny Lee Sulpizio.

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