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You know you’re a working parent, if…

You know you’re a working parent, if…

Working Parent Top Ten List   10.   A week in your life would humble the best air traffic controller 9.  You have figured out long hair means less trips to the salon/barber 8.  You choose your outfit from the clean (or dirty) laundry pile 7.  You become a drill sergeant to get the kids out the door on time each morning 6.  You know the exact time it takes to get to the childcare provider...

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Light at the end of the teenage tunnel

Light at the end of the teenage tunnel

They do grow up.  I know some people say this about their children with a tear in their eye, but I am saying it full of joy!  I want this article to give hope to those of you with teenagers.  I have a daughter who has just come into her teenage years.   I have mourned the loss of the talkative and cheerful person she was just a year ago.  With the holidays, her...

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Confessions of a “mean mom”

Confessions of a  “mean mom”

Are you now or have you been in the past a “mean mom”?  Well if you are, don’t worry you are on the right track.  Each of my four daughters still gave me a Mother’s Day gift; even though at one time or another I was accused being a “mean mom.” Thanks for the joy of Mother’s Day gifts On those “mean mom” days it helps to go through my drawer of Mother’s Day gifts.  I still have the potted plant...

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What to expect when you are expecting…13 years later

What to expect when you are expecting…13 years later

My youngest daughter is 13 years old.  I am on my fourth teenager, so I am bracing for what the next four to six years will bring.  Just as a hint for those who have not faced this phase of life yet, the comic “Zits” is completely on target. It comes on suddenly I remember when my oldest daughter became a teenager.  We used to take walks together all the time.  Then, one day she said “no.”  I...

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Teenagers and Toddlers

Teenagers and Toddlers

I have entered the teenager twilight zone!  I have two teenagers, age fourteen and seventeen. When I ask them to go for a walk, their body language screams out, “What and be seen with you in public?”  I can remember those cuddly toddler years when they were excited to walk around the block with me holding hands all the way. But, you know what?  Teenagers and toddlers have more in common than you...

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