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The Sex Talk

Do you remember the first time you heard about sex? I was a wide-eyed eight-year-old, playing at the home of my closest-playmate, “Beth”. At one point her older sister, “Sarah” joined us. Eager to prove her superior knowledge to us underlings, Sarah began dishing about a soap opera episode she had come across once.  She […]

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Dear Nurse Katie

Dear Nurse Katie, I owe you a thank you. A big thank you. Actually, two very big thank yous. The first thank you is for my Marcus. He’s six now. Yes, SIX! I remember a lot about the day he was born. It was a Tuesday. The spring sun shined through the window. My husband […]

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kid injuries

Sports Injuries and Kids

In the past two months, our family has been seriously injury-prone. My oldest son broke his collarbone riding a skateboard; my youngest son sprained his wrist playing soccer; and my daughter twisted her knee running cross country. After six x-rays, five doctor’s visits, two braces, a sling, and a splint, I’m now best friends with […]

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To the New Moms in My Life

  The first heavy snowfall of 2019 started on a Friday evening and accumulated throughout the night and well into Saturday morning. Knowing many folks would be staying cozy at home, my husband, kids and I decided to host an impromptu pancake breakfast for our neighbors. To our delight, the majority accepted our invitation. By […]

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chores

Do Your Kids Do Chores?

I would love to be the mom with a beautiful chore chart where kids have the same responsibilities every week, and are compensated in a fair and consistent manner. However, that is totally not who we are!   Kids and Chores Here is a look at how we handle chores in our house with my […]

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